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Jordanian Foreign-Trained Dentist in New England, Dental Assistant, IDP, CAAPID Application

Updated: Mar 22

A woman and an experienced dentist, I finished dental school and multiple internships in my native Jordan as an honors student. A young woman fully devoted to dentistry and oral health, for the last several years I have been building a new home with my family in the United States and I am now a citizen by marriage. It is my sincere hope to return to my field, the practice of dentistry, here in America. Towards this end, I have been working hard towards preparing myself for advancement in dentistry here in the USA, as much as possible given the fact that I have also become the mother of two beautiful daughters. I hope to be selected to compliment the diversity of an advanced placement DDS/DMD Program for International Dentists.

I hope to be selected for an IDP Program based on my diligence and promise, and the fact that I feel called to dental missionary work on behalf of the increasing number of refugees from neighboring countries now making my native Jordan home. With no end in sight for widespread conflict in neighboring Iraq and especially Syria, I feel my calling all the way to my bones to help, every time I turn on the news and see the pictures of the devastation. Providing oral health care to those who have been fortunate enough to escape the violence would not only be a profound privilege but I see it as my duty to help these refugees. Every day that I give my all to my studies in an IDP program, I will be focused on the contribution that I intend to make to the underserved back home in our desperately troubled Middle East after completing your program. I have always been very serious, mature for my age, and sensitive to the pain of those around me. Much of this has to do with that fateful night when I was barely two years old when a terrible accident occurred that would scar (and empower) me for life. Of humble origins in Jordan, I was born and raised for several years in a small village where people had little option but to boil water with great frequency in primitive conditions; and no matter what precautions were taken, accidents occurred. One snowy night when conditions were especially trying, the boiling water spilled all over my leg; as a result, my first and most vibrant memories are of sustained and enduring, terrible pain. My foundational awareness of pain and suffering helps me to be empathize with my patients and to find special joy in alleviating their pain and discomfort.

In my small village in Jordan, women spend a lot of time doing embroidery work, which I began learning as a toddler. Decorating fabric using tiny needles to apply colorful thread. Thus, there has been a conceptual continuity throughout my life finding enjoyment in intricate work in small spaces, one of the reasons why I became a dentist. My heart is invested into the details of a strong aesthetic filling, or how to capture the greatest detail in my prosthetics work impressions. I was the only one in my class who finished the very long list of conservative course clinic requirements. I remember my prosthodontics supervisor telling me after delivering the complete denture for one of my patients, that this is the first time he saw a patient happy and laughing as much as this, despite the lengthy processing appointments for dentures and the complications that this patient faced as an elderly person. This made me very proud because it’s exactly what I want to be, the dentist who does not only treat the oral cavity but a one who treats patients holistically, providing them with the greatest comfort possible.

Working as a Dental Assistant in one of New England’s busiest dental offices has helped me to come a long way at being able to provide optimal dental services for each and every one of the vast diversity of patients that pass through our doors. We treat the poor and the rich the same, laboring each day to provide the best treatment possible to all, adults, children, the elderly, patients with special needs – many if not most at a discount price that they are able to afford.

Two months after I began working as a Dental Assistant, I received a long letter from one of our patients expressing how grateful she was. I was so much happy and at the same time I was shocked because I did only what everyone should do, treating all patients with mercy and empathy. I did what I do every day with every patient, doing the best to understand their needs, concerns and stories, then educating them concerning what they need to know to the best of my knowledge. I am pleased that I have recently been chosen to soon begin serving as the lead assistant.

I am also planning to start a preceptorship at XXX University this coming August, seeking to broaden my experience with respect to dental education in the USA. I have met many challenges so far in my dental journey and I owe great thanks to my hero husband and supportive family who stand behind me 100%. I passed both boards while I was pregnant and we now have two daughters aged 2 and 3. Someday in the not-so-distant future, I envision my daughters helping me with decorations and public relations as well, when I begin my own dental practice.

I thank you for considering my application.

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