Your MS in Prosthodontics Program at the XXXX School of Dentistry is my first choice for continued professional advancement primarily because of the sheer excellence of your program. A dentist from India, I have made the USA my permanent home since January of 2015 and I now live in Indiana. After completing dental school in 2005, I practiced dentistry in India until I came to America last year. I have known ever since dental school that Prosthodontics was the area in which I wanted to invest my professional life and strive for my maximum contribution. Thus, I also completed my Master’s Degree in Prosthodontics in India in 2011 as well as a fellowship in Oral Implants in 2010.
Almost since my arrival 1.5 years ago, I have had the profound privilege of shadowing Dr. XXXX at Global Smiles Dental in Indianapolis for 20 hours each week. Helping him with diverse duties and responsibilities in his clinic has enabled me to become well on my way to attaining a good grasp on how dentistry is practiced here in the USA.
I was born in a rural part of India in the State of Uttar Pradesh into a successful family of farmers with low levels of education. I count myself as most fortunate, therefore, to have risen to the rank of a professional, especially a dentist, and most of all to have the opportunity to advance my career here in America. I have a very solid grasp on general dentistry mostly as a result of years of clinical experience, especially in the area of Prosthodontics. I also taught dentistry in Nepal in addition to practicing in India.
I have contributed to research by conducting an invitro study and a thesis on the history of dental surveyors in India and I have also presented papers, organized table clinics and poster presentations at Prosthodontics conferences. I have now published 3 papers in the area of Prosthodontics in different journals. I want to devote the balance of my professional life working to provide my community here in the USA with the finest dental care possible. I look forward to participating in dental care missions to the Developing World, Nepal, Africa, etc. I also look forward to a professional lifetime of research in the field of Prosthodontics.
I conducted 4 single-day denture camps in Nepal in far off villages in addition to one in my home town in India along with 2 dental checkup programs in Nepal and 5 in India. I also started a voluntary project for building up dykes on the bank of the river Sharda to control erosion saving many poor farmers from drought. I represented my dental school in cricket tournaments and also received an award for the best oral paper presentation at an Indian Prosthodontics conference.
During my master’s program I conducted a research project on the effects of four disinfectants on different dental impression materials which was later published in a reputed journal in Nepal. After completing my M.D.S in Prosthodontics, in addition to clinical practice, I maintained a passionate interest in journal discussions, seminar presentations, attending continuing education workshops, presenting oral presentations, posters and table clinic demonstrations. I served as a Prosthodontics faculty member for a dental school in Nepal for 1.5 years where I found a great satisfaction teaching undergraduate dental students, especially by developing a systematic approach. I not only thought as a student but also planned my teaching methods so that the weakest of the students could understand the subject and would not be discouraged from asking questions. I was also actively involved with the Gynecology and General Surgery Departments as I prepared over 200 stents for Vaginoplasty procedures and more than 10 post-operative feeding appliances for cleft lip patients. I had the opportunity to work in two separate multi-specialty hospitals for two years, working closely not only other dental specialists, but also with the specialists from a broad variety of medical fields.
Some of the most treasured memories of my life so far have been conducting several complete denture camps, oral health checkup camps, and awareness programs for school children in both India and Nepal. I am especially pleased to have contributed a great deal to my dental school’s success in sports, representing my dental school not only in cricket but also badminton, helping to organize various events emphasizing teamwork, leadership skills and good hand to eye coordination skills - all vital in dentistry.
I want to continue to pursue dentistry with a central focus on Prosthodontics in a strong academic setting, which will help me to build the optimal foundation for making my maximum contribution to the profession of dentistry here in the US. Your program will expose me to diverse patient populations in a variety of different clinical settings and help me to further nurture my skills. As for now, my goals include a balance between my clinical and academic activities, alongside active service of the community, and always staying engaged with research.
I thank you for considering my application to your program.