OMF, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Residency Personal Statement Editing, Saudi Arabian

I could not be happier giving my all to the advancement of my career in dentistry with special attention to OMF; Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, the area in which I look forward to teaching dentistry here in my country, Saudi Arabia. Thus, I hope to receive advanced training in this area in the USA, the principal world leader in oral surgery, so as to prepare myself not only for a professional lifetime of service in oral surgery, but also teaching OMF in Saudi Arabia and working to advance our profession globally, particularly with respect to the Middle East.

Construction continues at XXXX University – where I have been serving as a Teaching Assistant in OMF since September of 2016 - for a new hospital targeted to open its doors within the next 5 years. I look forward to being one of the first oral surgeons to operate in the new facilities and subsequently dividing my time between the hospital and the university, teaching and practicing OMF. This is what I crave most, the fullest, constant, lifelong immersion in OMF. There is a great need in Saudi Arabia for highly trained OMF surgeons for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is a very high rate of traffic accidents which often result in especially challenging cases for us.

My orientation towards OMF is that of social service, and I see OMF Surgery as pertaining to public health, as part of a concern for public oral health generally speaking. There are many people in need of oral surgery in Saudi Arabia for a variety of reasons and I will always consider this to be an area of my responsibility, as a citizen of the country, a human being, and most of all as a dedicated oral health care professional. Thus, after completing your program and returning to the KSA, I will be building upon the ties that I have already developed and working more extensively alongside or in collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Health; helping to make oral surgery more available to the masses of ordinary Saudis as well as guest workers and other foreigners living in the Kingdom.

I will always fondly remember the day when my professor informed me that I had attained the highest score in my class on our final surgery exam. Most of this was an evaluation of my hand skills, however, and they were the best in my class. I did not speak the best English among my classmates however, since several of them got off to an earlier start than I did and had more time to practice. In fact, my English skills are probably the weakest part of my application to your distinguished program but I hope to be accepted nevertheless for my capacity as surgeon and my outstanding devotion to research in oral surgery. My listening and speaking skills in English are more advanced than my writing skills and my failure to practice. The challenge that I face writing with accuracy in English shows on both my TOEFL and my failure to pass the NDBE on my first attempt more than a year ago. Soon, however, I look forward to retaking both of these exams and achieving a higher score that reflects the improvements that I have made this past year in my writing ability in English.

I have taken pride in and spent a lot of effort cultivating my conversational English since it is our principal global language and for some time I have been an avid world traveler which has helped me to get acquainted with large swaths of the world as a supplement to my reading. I have almost always traveled alone and nearly always lived just as one of the locals in the place that I was visiting. This has also enhanced my global understanding of dentistry and particularly oral surgery, and my appreciation for global solidarity in oral health with so many good-hearted individuals from the Developed World helping the least fortunate in need in the Developing World. I have spent 3 months each in the Philippines and South Africa – as well as shorter yet significant periods of time in India, Egypt, Japan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. My travelling has made me a better dentist, more multicultural and comfortable providing dental care to anyone, even if they do not speak either of my two languages, Arabic or English.

My abilities began to more fully blossom during my internship, following my completion of dental school. By this time, I was well aware that I wanted to specialize in OMF Surgery; thus, I made sure that as much time was spent in this area as possible (2015 – 2016). I especially enjoyed my time spent in ER assisting with complex emergency surgeries: intermaxillary fixation, placing scores in the maxilla, writing the post-operative report and the follow up, etc. I also enjoyed very much meeting with the team each morning and I fondly reflect on this period of my professional life when I first began to get deeply involved in and experience intense joy from research in oral surgery – leading to my first publication.

I thank you for considering my application for advanced training in OMF Surgery.

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