Periodontal Prosthesis is the center of my world and I look forward to a lifetime of research and practice on the cutting-edge of this field. My country, Saudi Arabia, has only a handful of well-trained professionals in this area and I look forward to contributing to the great need that exists in this area in Saudi Arabia, once I return home after completing your program. I spent much of 2016 in an intensive English Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania so as to bring my language skill up to the excellent level needed so to excel in your Periodontology program. At the same time, I also prepared and sat for Part 1 of the NBDE.
I see the University of Pennsylvania as a world leader in the area of Periodontal Prosthesis and I could not imagine feeling more honored and highly motivated to excel in your program should I be accepted. UPenn is definitely the optimal platform for me to continue to advance my career and realize my fullest potential over the long term. Ialso very much appreciate the developed and practiced multidisciplinary focus employed by dentistry at UPenn so that I can become the the kind of periodontist that I most want to become. I hope to be one of only a few who practice periodontics and prosthodontics in Saudi Arabia. Thus, I seek a full immersion experience in implants, from surgery through the entire process of restoration. I look forward to a lifetime of participation in research into my central areas of practice: periodontics, implants, fixed prosthodontics.
Following my graduation from dental school in Saudi Arabia, I served in the Ministry of Health Hospital as a Maxillofacial Intern for 2 months, doing mostly extractions in OR under the supervision of OMF surgeons. The rest of my internship was at King Khalid University Dental School clinics, gaining practice and in-depth exposure. For years now, I have constantly attended seminars and workshops. Throughout the course of my training and professional experience in Saudi Arabia, I have often been surprised at how many people in my country do not have even a basic grasp of the essentials of oral health care, even many of those who are quite wealthy and well-educated; they remain uninformed and continue to suffer the consequences. This has helped me to develop into a dentist who is especially conscious of and concerned with the imperative nature of public health education in the area of oral health care and prevention of disease. Being selected to you Residency and Master’s Program in Periodontics at UXXX will help me enormously to realize my long-term goal of making major contributions to the advance of public oral health care as a priority in the KSA.
I could not be more devoted to the study and engaged with the practice of Periodontics. Currently practicing in our university periodontal clinic, I see patients with periodontal diseases every day, often Chronic Periodontitis with very deep pockets and bad oral hygiene. Thus, I have developed a keen sensitivity concerning the enormous work that needs to be done with respect to raising community awareness of our public oral health challenges. For some time, I have also been volunteering as much as I can to work with an oral health education team in public venues, providing free dental services, answering questions about available resources and opportunities, etc. I see a huge prevalence of periodontal disease at these camps, gingival recession and other dental abnormalities, most clearly a result of the simple lack of basic hygiene and preventive care.
At King Khalid University Dental Clinic, I observed the large numbers of people always in long lines and the huge numbers of people seeking periodontal and other surgical treatments, especially dental implants. Those patients seeking dental implants at our clinic had to first patiently wait for weeks if not months on the waiting list since we only had one periodontist in our clinic that was licensed to perform dental implants. Hence, my great passion for Periodontics – driven by the great need to which I have been a first-hand observer. This is why I have dedicated my professional life to the central cause of the advancement of Periodontics in Saudi Arabia.
Thankfully, my current, two-year position as a Teaching Assistant in the field of Periodontology at my university comes complete with a full scholarship for postgraduate study in the USA, making it comfortable for me to afford my career advancement. Most of my duties at my current post involve the supervision of dental students in periodontal course clinics. I am grateful to be gaining valuable experience in teaching and tutoring in periodontal procedures – especially scaling and root planning as well as practicing full time in this area. I also appreciate very much having the opportunity to interact with particularly outstanding professors in Periodontology such as with Dr. XXXX, one of my role models, who completed a residency program and earned a Master’s Degree in Periodontology in the USA. He has been inspiring and encouraging me to follow his example.