I am a young woman from India who is extremely devoted to dentistry. My initial experience in oral health began while I was in high school, working at a hospital. Soon, I became very passionate about the science of dentistry because of the way that it so radically improved the lives of our patients, giving them greater confidence and self-esteem. I also came to realize that dentists not only tend to be excellent communicators but also have the opportunity to build invaluable, meaningful relationships with their patients and the community. It was at this point, early on, when I set my sites on becoming a dentist.
My dreams became reality when I began dental school. My professors were excellent teachers and they provided me with a strong foundation; and I excelled in dental school, because of my keen interest and profound dedication to my studies. Each day was an intense learning experience that helped me to grow enormously on a human as well as professional level, in response to the magnitude of the challenges. During my last two years of study, I learned how to think more creatively and independently at the same time that I became increasingly aware of the particularly critical importance of the preventive aspect of dentistry, especially in a country such as India with its enormous poverty and lack of adequate public health education programs, especially with respect to oral health. Upon graduating, I worked as an Associate Dentist, further sharpening my abilities and gaining importance experience in the private health care sector. The most important thing that I took away from this experience was my solid moral conviction that each patient deserves quality care irrespective of their ability to pay for that care.
Soon, I became deeply involved in preventive dentistry, volunteering to work in numerous dental camps, including some that served the mentally ill. I worked especially hard to convert my ideals into concrete goals, many of which I was able to realize as a result of my determination. Many of my peers were very encouraging, complementing me for my initiative, hard work, and development of leadership skills. It is for these reasons that I was chosen among many applicants to serve as a graduate tutor in the area of Oral Medicine and Radiology. To this day, now living in America, I remain passionately devoted to the cause of raising awareness of the importance of oral health and hygiene.
Since my arrival in the USA a little over a year ago, I have been committed to continuing my education in dentistry, working towards obtaining certifications and spending vast amounts of time acquiring valuable experience by shadowing several dentists. In this way, I have already learned a great deal about how dentistry is practiced in America. Volunteering at community health centers has provided me not only opportunities to serve, but also to better understand and adapt to my new community.
My short term objective is to be admitted to and subsequently excel in a program for international dentists. My long term goal is to become a highly competent dentist licensed to practice in the US. I keenly look forward to the opportunity to enhance my skills as a general dentist, becoming thoroughly proficient in all aspects of dentistry. I would like to have my own private practice where I labor mightily each day to put a smile on my patients’ faces. I want very much to have the privilege of teaching dentistry in the future, perhaps returning to India for this purpose for extensive periods. In particular, I keenly look forward to the opportunity to participate in visiting dentists programs in developing countries. This would be the most satisfying experience that I could imagine.
I derive my own sense of dignity and fulfillment from my compassion; and earning the confidence of my patients will always be my most prized accomplishment. My experiences have enabled me to successfully adapt myself to a wide variety of professional contexts and challenges. I have a hardworking nature with strong moral values and determination coupled with a profound passion for community service. I look forward to giving my all to your distinguished program so that I might continue to excel in my chosen field.