A Saudi Arabian woman and a dentist born in Canada, I was raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I also completed dental school and launched my career in dentistry here at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. I like to think of myself as someone who is well read with respect to global issues in dentistry from multicultural perspectives and I am looking forward very much to contributing to the diversity of your distinguished advanced training program in Operative Dentistry in America. I have spent extended periods of time in America as well as Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Being well traveled has helped me to feel comfortable in international dentistry, overcoming language and cultural barriers.
My father and mother, both physicians, have always been my foremost role models. Since I was a young, always curious child, I observed them treating and helping people, alleviating their pain and symptoms and helping greatly to improve the overall quality of their lives. I generally listened intently to their conversations about cases and patients. When I was in high school my older sister was in dental school and I spent countless hours observing her, watching her carve teeth in wax, for example, leaving me very impressed with the creativity and talent required. Soon, I had decided to to follow in the footsteps of my parents and sister and to combine my drive to improve peoples’ life by using my talent and creativity for the advancement of oral health care.
As a dental student, I was always near the top of my class, always earning a certificate of achievement. Each year, I did even better than the year before. I gave dental school my all, 24-7, and by the end of my 6th and final year, I submitted twice the amount of material required for my comprehensive clinical care course and graduated with a GPA of 4.79/5, ranking 3rd in my class in Dental Medicine & Surgery at King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry in Jeddah (2016). I next completed an internship program and then began working at this same university as a Teaching Assistant, this past January, 2018. I am especially proud of the fact that I have one publication in the area of public health dentistry. I hope to publish my next project in the area of operative dentistry.
I have always believed that one of the most important aspects of personhood is the smile. Beauty, confidence, and health are all central aspects of treatment outcomes for me. I was thrilled to begin treating patients in my 4th year and quickly focused on operative and esthetic aspects of dentistry. Nothing brings me as much joy as treating many patients and seeing the results in the happiness written on their faces. I truly love what I do. During my internship, I spent 4 months in restorative clinics in different hospitals in Jeddah. working with consultants and assisting them, helped me to absorb a great deal of knowledge about dentistry. I attended many lectures and workshops during this period in particular, especially as concerns composites and veneers. By the end of this experience I was convinced that I want to give my professional life to Operative Dentistry and I plan to always study towards further career advancement in my field.
A very community-oriented dentist, for me, dentistry is inseparable from social service and I believe that one of the most important duties we have is working to improve the oral health of members of our community, especially those that are underserved. I look forward to a long professional lifetime assisting with initiatives that help to improve knowledge and awareness about oral health and hygiene. I have attended and often helped to organize many community, oral-health events both before and after graduating from dental school: in malls, schools and hospitals. I feel strongly that our profession has an important duty to serve the community at large.
As a Teaching Assistant in Operative Dentistry at King AbdulAziz University, I have continued to learn many things that will enable me to hit the ground running in your program and excel. My long-term goal, after several more years of advanced training, is to give my all to the academic world of dentistry and make my mark as a creative teacher of Operative Dentistry, passing on the torch to new generations of Saudi students in Dental school. I also look forward to doing research in this area when I am further along in the development of my career.
I thank you for considering my application to advanced training in Operative Dentistry.