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International Dentist from Mosul, Iraq, Escape from ISIS

Updated: Jan 31

I hope to be selected for your distinguished DDS Program for International Dentists because I am a dentist from Iraq who has shown great dedication to dentistry under challenging circumstances, particularly in Orthodontics.  My father was a distinguished professor and a member of the university senate in our city, Mosul. I hoped to follow him and become a prominent academic in Iraq. But ISIS conquered our entire province and our city, and they have stayed until today.

ISIS was hunting my father, so he was lucky to escape; we all were. My parents are in Turkey, and my two sisters seeking political asylum in Germany. My brother, his wife, and two children are in Iran. I chose America for two reasons: mostly the chance to earn the DDS Degree at the center of innovative dentistry. Second, I worked for the US Armed Forces in Iraq, a dangerous job. My permanent residency in America is a payback for risking my life. I am most grateful to the USA.

Earning the DDS Degree in America will qualify me to practice and teach anywhere. I love the USA and want to establish myself here in the future as an orthodontist. A hard worker with great optimism and drive and fully dedicated to lifelong education, I have my sights set on many more years of study after earning my DDS Degree in Orthodontics. First, upon arrival in the USA, I studied through the 6th Level in English as a Second Language in flying colors at the English Language Institute at the University of Houston/Downtown (September 2014 - April 2015).

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Finishing dental school in our native Mosul had me in high hopes of doing important things to improve the oral health of our popular masses in Mosul, Iraq’s second city. Practicing in Iraq for two years left me hungry to learn new things, so I relocated to our neighbor Turkey. First, I spent a year learning the Turkish language. Next, I earned my doctoral degree in Orthodontics in August 2014. My areas of principal expertise include active and especially camouflage and multi-display Orthodontics.

Orthodontics had always been my choice for postgraduate study, but it wasn't available in Iraq. The transition from maxillofacial surgeon to orthodontist helped me broaden my horizons and think about dentistry in interdisciplinary ways. I participated in many scientific conferences and completed skeletal anchorage and mini-implant courses, Botox and facial filler, and Orthognathic Orthodontics.

Working as a technician at Houston's most extensive orthodontics labs helped me acclimate to my new high-tech surroundings. I also learned a great deal about the orthodontics marketplace in Houston. The money spent on Orthodontics in America is impressive.

As military forces from several countries encircle my city, Mosul, making preparations for a siege that is anticipated to last an entire year, I cannot help but think about my neighbors unable to escape, the hundreds of thousands of people trapped inside under ISIS control, children, little boys and girls who are already traumatized. Perhaps if I could become a successful Orthodontist in America, I could at least fund a clinic back home in Mosul to help as many of them as possible to smile again, someday, in a new Mosul that is free, born from the ashes of the past.

Thank you for considering my application.

International Dentist from Mosul Iraq


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