A dentist from India who has been making her home in California for the past two years, I have been preparing since my arrival to a full return to my career in dentistry here in America. I hope to be selected to your distinguished Residency Program in Orthodontics on the basis of my passion and proven track record in my chosen field. The strongest aspect of my application is the fact that I have already completed a residency program and Master’s Degree in Orthodontics back home in India, an experience that will enable me to hit the ground running and to distinguish myself in your residency program here in the USA.
I see my professional education and preparation in dentistry as a lifelong enterprise and I could not be more pleased with Orthodontics as my area of special interest. Completing your MS Program in Orthodontics here in America will be the crowning achievement of my life and will propel me forward to the fullest contribution that I am capable of making to my profession and my community.
I am fully confident that my real potential lies in the furtherance of my chosen profession and in this way most fully enhance my ability to contribute to society. Throughout my career I have maintained continuity in practice and research by always staying fully engaged with a variety of research projects. I admire beauty greatly and I see it reflected in the smile that shows self confidence; and I could not imagine finding a better way to enhance self-esteem.
In India, few can afford even the most common forms of orthodontic treatment. This lack of resources leaves the smile of so many simply unattended. During the second year of my residency service in Orthodontics, I saw two young women who were siblings, both with extreme malocclusion requiring corrective orthodontic treatment along with orthognathic surgery. The faces of these girls will always be with me, serving as an inspiration to propel me forward and give my all to Orthodontics each day. They helped me to more fully realize the extent of suffering involved with even relatively minor disfigurations of the face and mouth. With these two sisters, I felt largely helpless, but I made a vow at that time that I would advance my clinical skill so as to be successful at attending to these kinds of complex cases.
My long term goal is to help people in underserved areas, especially children without access to oral care. I see a long professional lifetime ahead of me laboring to support nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the underserved. I am currently employed as a Dental Assistant working for a non-profit called Kids Community Dental Clinic and I have been here for more than one year. I assist the orthodontist and pedodontist as well as the general dentist. I have also taken an active role in oral health education initiatives targeted to underserved areas of our community.
An innate interest in Biology, already my passion in elementary school, propelled me to the top of my class when it came to scientific experiments, human models and efforts to decipher their functional aspects. Thus, my fascination with redefining lives for the better through Orthodontics is founded in a lifetime of dedication to the quest to understand and indeed transform biology.
I have faced many challenges along the way along, always learning from my failures. Unsuccessful outcomes always raised a challenge that I accepted and became some of the key motivators to work even harder so as to achieve my targeted goals in dentistry. Presentation of well-researched technical papers at various seminars/forums helped me to polish my interpersonal and communication skills. Taking up social/ organizational work on many occasions further fired my desire to make consistent and important contributions to my society.
Orthodontics was a life-changing experience for me; the presentations, journal clubs, clinical practice, lab work, camps, case discussions, thesis, research were an intense professional journey that enhanced my confidence and helped me to further cultivate the virtues of patience, dedication, and discipline. Moving on from simple cases to especially challenging, multidisciplinary cases provided me with important insights on various approaches to treatment and greatly enhanced my clinical dimensions of performance and efficiency. I completed my Masters with a thesis on ‘Facial Attractiveness’, seeking to establish a relationship of parameters responsible for imparting attractiveness through objective and subjective methods. Part of my thesis was later presented at the Annual Conference of the Indian Orthodontic Society and another part was published in Archives of Plastic Surgery.
I take great delight in the way that Southern California, my home for the past 2 years, is such a melting pot of diverse cultures and languages. I am thankful as a multilingual woman of color, that it is easy for me to gain the trust of my patients from all backgrounds, especially children of minority groups from marginalized backgrounds.
I thank you for considering my application to your program.