After finishing dental school in India in 2016, I came to Canada to advance my professional education and horizons. I had been planning to do this throughout dental school since I very much admire the state-of-the-art way dentistry is practiced in Canada, particularly concerning issues in craniofacial development. I first completed a Certificate Course on Evidence-Informed Public Health (EIPH) in Oct of 2016 through Canada´s National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. Next, I earned my MA in Leadership in Healthcare at XXXX University in XXXX, BC., finishing with a GPA of 3.78 in August 2019. I now hope to earn my MSc in Craniofacial Science at the University of XXXX. After completing the program, I hope to gain additional, invaluable clinical experience in Canada before returning with my expertise to India. I look forward to becoming a national leader in Craniofacial Science and Public Oral Health in my home country.
My first choice for advanced training in Canada is the MSc Program in Dentistry at XXXX University. I seek a complete immersion in craniofacial development - building upon my advanced understanding of embryology. Throughout the last four years in Canada, my interest has also been increasing incrementally in the area of Pediatric Dentistry. I also see your program as advancing my career interest in pediatric dentistry. I hope to learn many valuable things in this area concerning the treatment of children and adolescents. After earning the MSc Degree, I hope to gain further work experience here in Canada, practicing on the cutting-edge of Dentistry, continuing to learn about and participating in the development of integrated approaches to healthcare, especially concerning Pediatric Dentistry. My ultimate goal is to take what I have learned in America back to India, laboring for the balance of my career to help enhance oral health awareness amongst patients in India, especially young ones, incorporating as much preventive oral health care as possible.
While a graduate student in my MA in Leadership in Healthcare Program at XXXX, I started working as a chairside dental assistant at XXXX Dental, providing me with much-needed exposure to how Dentistry is practiced in Canada. Working with patients of all age groups and a wide variety of cultures was initially challenging. Still, I was successful at fully adjusting to this vast diversity within the first couple of months, as I made rapid progress in the art of handling patients.
I see my celebration of diversity as one of my principal strengths. In addition to English and Hindi, I am fully fluent in two broadly-spoken languages in India, Marathi, and Gujarati. This will serve me further in my career when I hope to pay increasing attention to India´s underserved, primarily rural areas, many of whom speak these languages. I also have advanced computer skills and extensive experience collaborating with PubMed/Medline and CINAHL. Since March of 2018, I have served in my present position as a Chairside Assistant at XXXX Dental Clinic in Burnaby, BC. Previously, I worked as a receptionist at XXXX Dentistry, also in XXXX, BC (Oct 2017 - Feb 2018). For the first half of 2017, I assisted a Dental Surgeon at XXXX Dental Clinic; for much of 2016, I shadowed at XXXX Pediatric Dental Clinic. I also completed my Internship at the XXXX Research Institute of Dental Sciences, in India, following my completion of dental school at the exact location, Aug 2015 - Sep 2016. I consider myself fortunate enough to get a chance to conduct awareness campaigns for Smile Train. Lessons from my childhood come flooding back in empathy, selfless humanity, and the sense of calling to health care.
By age 8, I was convinced that my uncles, one a neonatologist and the other a pediatrician, were about as close as one could get to being superheroes. I worshiped them and felt most privileged whenever I was in their company, which was frequent throughout my formative years. My uncle, the pediatrician, was particularly influential in my development, given that during my summer breaks, I spent much of my time at his clinic, shadowing him and helping out with what I could, going through many of his books, looking at all the pictures, and connecting them with the words. Thus, I felt called to pediatrics from a young age. Biology was my favorite field in high school, and this interest soon became focused on the oral cavity and the temporomandibular joint. Excelling in dental school, I spent five years studying most branches of dentistry. I was at my very best in the Pediatric lab. Another highlight was my internship's class presentation on cleft lip and palate. I was one of the very few students to serve as a teaching assistant or take additional classes in embryology and developmental discrepancies - supervised by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry faculty.
I have long been deeply troubled by India's lack of oral health awareness. I hope to make my most exemplary contribution to my field by helping raise this awareness, especially regarding preventive care, dental hygiene, and diet. I hope to ultimately make my most exemplary contribution to my area by helping to raise this awareness, especially regarding preventive care, dental hygiene, and diet. My desire to contribute to long-term sustainable improvements in oral health awareness in India was the central driving force behind my earning the MA in Leadership in Healthcare. This dovetails nicely with the particular place in my heart for children and young people. Nothing gets me excited more than understanding them and engaging with them and their parents to safeguard their oral health from early on.
I thank you for considering my application.