I am a dentist from India, a woman who distinguishes herself for her love for those most in need of attention and care. I have been living in Ohio for one year and making effective use of my time preparing to enter your program by passing the board exams and the TOEFL examination. I have also been shadowing a dentist.
My heart is back in India, and most of my long-term professional plans revolve around my home country. I hope to develop a particular area of study concerning the oral health of the visually impaired and work with an organization in my hometown of Surat that cares for the blind, eventually publishing in this area. I also hope to have the privilege of serving the underserved here in America, opening my walk-in dental clinic in the USA has been my most salient and long-standing fantasy.
For many years, I would make a sizeable donation of toothbrushes and toothpaste, gradually developing my consciousness over time concerning the special oral care needs of the visually impaired. I also hope to assist my dental school back in India, where I would like to teach at least part-time at some point in my career.
I reflect on and try to trace the source of my passion for dentistry. I never had ailing parents, nor was I born into a family of doctors. Instead, I spent my childhood in Surat, India, at a dinner table filled with discussions of politics, business, and long theoretical explanations about the determinants of poverty and disease. Accordingly, I was taught at an early age to analyze our all-too-prevalent material misery in India through the lens of thinking globally. Helping others in need has elicited incredible satisfaction and purpose in my soul. I have increasingly come to love the feeling of being determined and passionate about a cause.
The biology, mathematics, and physics courses I took in high school triggered my initial passion for science. I participated in medical-related research projects that complemented what I learned in the classroom in high school. Studying biological systems was enthralling, and I became more hooked with each passing year. I enrolled in an undergraduate program in dental science at Bharti Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital, Pune, India, since I had decided that dentistry represented the best convergence of my interest in science and medicine.
I appreciate how our curriculum stressed learning through practice; hence, I got an adequate opportunity to partake in clinical sessions and dental camps. As a part of my coursework, I had the privilege of serving in an internship position for one year, working in numerous free dental centers for rural populations and working with people of various cultures and languages. I also worked at a public hospital as a volunteer for several hours each week throughout my completion of dental school.
I realized early on, working in India’s rural areas, the critical importance of holistic and preventive approaches to serving oral health needs, especially in improving oral hygiene. Working to get people to acknowledge the detrimental effects of smoking and chewing tobacco was one of my primary crusades. I also attended dental camps organized for children in schools, where we conducted free checkups and imparted education in caries prevention through correct brushing techniques.
I have learned that being a good dentist is not just about treating teeth and oral diseases but interacting with people of all ages, cultures, and varied personalities. I see connecting with one’s patients and addressing their apprehensions and fears as equally crucial as diagnosing and treating their disease. After graduating, I joined a dental office as a full-time dentist. I would spend the next five years performing restorations, root canals, and crown cutting; I made prostheses and oral prophylaxis and assisted in general oral and implants and flap surgery. In my spare time, I read dental articles to keep myself updated with recent advancements and technological developments in Dentistry.
I like to play badminton and golf. It helps me stay calm and patient and make the maximum contribution in sometimes stressful circumstances. The better I get at dentistry, the better I play golf and vice versa.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be in a profession that would make a profound difference in people’s lives. I am aware of the commitment required for this program. Yet, I am confident that my academic and professional background, with my aptitude and motivation, will see me through the challenges that await me. I hope you offer me a place in your esteemed institute and a chance to interact with dental professionals worldwide.
Thank you sincerely for considering my application.
International Dentist Helping the Visually Impaired