My initial intention was to pursue a career in medicine but an interest in dentistry developed when I witnessed, at close hand, the great misery that can be alleviated by a dentist. When training and practicing in India, I often saw grimaces of pain turned into smiles of relief and the dramatic and beneficial effects that basic instruction in preventative action can have. These experiences totally confirmed my choice of career. I am especially excited to be involved in a field with so much innovation in techniques and materials occuring with such frequency and I look forward to becoming increasingly effecient in future years as new innovations continue to be adopted and applied.
My ambition is now to qualify to practice in the US and then to work in a small, underserved community such as the one into which I was born. I am particularly interested in applying effective preventative instruction to the general population, most of all children and to the less advantaged in society. I would hope to create relationships with schools and youth organizations to help educate the young in basic dental health. It is clear that there remains much work to be done in the matter of effective preventative education and the key, I believe, is to start with the very young.
I arrived in the US about 11 years ago at the age of 16, and learned to communicate in near-native English and excel as a professional, finishing High School with an overall GPA of 3.89. It is my firm intention to apply this proven diligence, determination and intelligence to the program, excelling rather than merely succeeding.
After returning to India and obtaining my BDS degree from the prestigious XXXX Institute of Research and Dental Science, I served an internship of 18 months and also acted as a volunteer dentist in a jail. During this time, I acquired significant experience in routine dental techniques and also sought exposure to more advanced work such as Root Canal treatments, digital radiography and assisting professors in complex surgical procedures, I also participated in many dental health screening and diagnostic programs. I undertook much work directed at preventative instruction both in the prison in which I served and in 33 villages. I found this work highly satisfying and I was greatly touched by the appreciation expressed by those we sought to help. I hope that it might be possible to offer supervised dental treatment to members of disadvantaged communities or groups within the program.
I have happily studied, worked and socialized with people from many ethnic and social backgrounds. I enjoy relating to others and sharing knowledge of my own culture and in learning about others. I currently undertake volunteer work for the Red Cross as a Front Desk Receptionist which involves meeting and helping people and I greatly enjoy the constant exposure to people of many types. I also work part time in a store which again involves me in meeting people and I always seek to provide a first class customer service and show a readiness to ‘go the extra mile’. I mix well and enjoy being able to help others.
I believe in the saying ‘all work and no play will make Jack a dull boy’. I enjoy volleyball, cricket and art and have enjoyed some recognition of success in all these fields. My sports interests are not only a way of keeping fit but also a splendid way of making friends and having the satisfaction of being part of a team working to a common goal. My achievements in team sports are an indication that I am a ‘team player’ by nature who seeks assistance when necessary and is always prepared to offer it to others. My artistic ability reflects a naturally developed manual dexterity which has assisted me greatly in my dental work to date.
I am applying to this particular program because of the prestigious reputation of the faculty, its reputation for successful research and the history of success of its graduates. I hope to contribute in some area of research and am especially interested in the field of effective preventative education aimed at the very young.
A confident and amiable person who has demonstrated determination, diligence and intelligence in my life to date together with an ability to relate well to others. I have successfully undertaken all basic dental treatments during my training and have enjoyed some exposure to advanced dentistry. I promise enthusiastic participation in the program and relish the prospect of sharing the fruits of my own experience and of profiting from that of my student colleagues and the faculty.
Thank you for considering my application.