International Dentist Program, Dental School in Poland, Underserved from Detroit, Spanish Speaker

I hope very much to be accepted to your distinguished DDS/DMD Program for international or foreign-Trained Dentists. I feel that helping the underserved comes naturally to me as a result of being raised in what is probably the American city in greatest decline, with poverty and subsequent oral health issues not dealt with – at least on such a scale - in other American cities. I am pleased that I finished dental school in Poland because of the way in which this provides me with special qualifications and understanding of Polish people and issues. I finished dental school and graduated from the Medical University of Lodz with my DMD Degree in 2018. As a result of earning the degree, I was granted a temporary license to practice dentistry in Poland while I completed a 12-month Dental Foundation Training program (DFT) covering all major facets of dentistry: endodontic, restorative, oral surgery, periodontics, and prosthodontics, as well as pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. This training began last October 1st, 2018 and will continue through the end of this coming September, 2019.

I learned a great deal about homelessness while a dental student, since I chose to focus my volunteer efforts in this area. I often reflect upon the lessons learned by the polarized nature of access to dental care as represented by two extremes of dentistry that I experienced up close: first, homeless patients with rampant caries in the clinic in Lodz and then not long after that shadowing a top aesthetic dentist in the USA, Dr. Bill Dorfman. I learned that I identify much more in terms of my ideals and sense of mission with caring for the homeless than I do the esthetic side of our profession.

My long-term goal after becoming licensed to practice dentistry in the USA and gaining additional experience, is to start a clinic in the neighborhood where I grew up, surrounded by Polish immigrants to the USA, some of whom do not seek out oral health care as a result of language barriers since there are very few Polish-speaking dentists available. In fact, I like to think that it will be a multilingual clinic with a variety of languages heard spoken from time to time, especially Spanish, the most critical language in terms of assisting the underserved. While my own Spanish needs a lot of practice, I am highly-motivated to improve it since this provides me with much greater access and efficacy with many of the underserved, which I intend to increasingly make my central focus as my career progresses. I have traveled through much of Central America and the Caribbean; as I continue towards fluency in Spanish, I hope to make this useful in terms of assisting medical/dental outreach to the region.

I have worked hard to cultivate and I take pride in my attention to detail. Always a team player striving for improvement, I am not afraid to leave my comfort zone to the extent to which this contributes to patient satisfaction and comfort. Very open-minded with a high tolerance for stress, I have also cultivated my soft-skills in communication by traveling around much of the globe, feeding my natural, insatiable curiosity. I want to make my mark on life primarily by providing excellent dental care to those who are in great need and cannot afford to pay for it. After earning my doctorate, I plan on working for a dentist in order to further hone my skills. Then, A few years further down the road I see myself running a multilingual dental office. I am very fond of learning about other people's cultures - as suggested by my travel history - and I cannot imagine being any happier than when I am able to put a smile on the face of a suffering individual. I day-dream with frequency about the clinic that I hope to start and operate in Detroit, going so far in my mind as to design and construct multiple operating rooms, each with a specific, ethnic/cultural motifs, one for European patients, another for Hispanics, a third celebrating African-American history, etc.

During my training in Poland as well as shadowing and summer training state-side, I have seen many poorly obturated canals, especially among older patients. I would like to find out more about re-endo, especially as I expect to encounter these types of patients with relative frequency. Over the course of my studies and now during DFT, I have been a member of PTSS (Polish Dental Students Association), taking part in exciting volunteer opportunities in support of public health screenings. I have especially enjoyed setting up stands at various shopping malls as well as visiting schools in order to encourage people to take their oral health seriously, providing oral exams with disposable mirrors/explorers, answering many questions and debunking myths. This activity left an enormous impression on me because it demonstrates just how motivated many people are to care for their oral health when provided with the opportunity and inspiration.

I thank you for considering my application.

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