An accomplished and experienced dentist from Romania, I look forward to being selected to a program in Western Europe where I will receive advanced training in the area of Orthodontics, preparing myself for a professional lifetime of practice in this area, my chosen area of specialization in dentistry.
My father is my foremost role model in life; a dentist, he is someone who believes firmly in giving his all to his patients and to the community, and I have been groomed since childhood to follow in his footsteps, which I see as a great honor. I work with him in his clinic and have for the past several years; and I have learned a great deal from my father as well as in dental school, about all aspects of general dentistry. For some time now I have felt a growing desire, however, to seek further specialization in the area of Orthodontics. The aesthetic side of dentistry appeals to me greatly on many levels, from the sheer appreciation of the beauty of the human smile to the mechanics of corrective and restorative processes. Thus, I hope to be selected to your distinguished program in Orthodontics at XXXX University, so as to have the opportunity to give me all to Orthodontics and excel in your program, as a result of sheer devotion to my work and my keen desire to advance professionally.
Probably the single greatest strength of my application for an advanced training program is my sheer familiarity with dentistry, given that my father practiced dentistry in a clinic that was part of our home. Distant family members, friends, and patients were all indistinguishable to me at first; later I learned how to be helpful in small ways, to ask the right questions, to console, and even to distract, which can be priceless for an anxious patient awaiting oral surgery. I came to understand early on the specific needs of each unique patient, special challenges, etc. I particularly relished seeing people leave with a happy look on their faces after having arrived a short time earlier in agony. As a little girl already inclined to adore my father, I came to see my dad early on as somewhere in between Jesus Christ and Superman.
I have traveled widely and have always loved languages; thus, I have been able to learn a great deal of French and my Spanish is also improving rapidly. In both languages I focus my practice on vocabulary that is most immediately relevant for the practice of dentistry, which I look forward to practicing as a multilingual dentist. In addition to Sri Lanka, I have gotten to know much of Western as well as Eastern Europe. I finished dental school at one of the finest institutions in Romania and my recent full-time experience working as a dentist alongside my father has my confidence level as high as my motivation. Currently, I spend 3 days a week in my father’s clinic and 2 days a week serving in support of a local Orthodontist primarily as a Dental Hygienist. There, I am learning a great deal about Orthodontics which will prepare me to hit the ground running and excel in your program.
I see my love for physics and the applicability of theories of force and motion that finally made Orthodontics irresistible as my area of specialization – on top of the fact that I appreciate nothing more than a beautiful smile. In high school, I was noted for excelling at Science and Mathematics. I moved to the top of my game early at everything having to do not only with English but also the computer. I became especially fascinated by Physics and continue to read about advances in this area until today – particularly with respect to the applicability of forces in specific directions, foundational for Orthodontics. I participated in our “Olympics” in Astronomy as well as Physics and was awarded prizes in Public Speaking as well as Astronomy. I also studied piano intensively for six years.
Volunteer work will always be close to my heart and I have done as much as my circumstances have allowed, mostly in a small village near my home town, doing oral hygiene, screenings, and performing basic dental procedures for poor children who otherwise would most likely not see a dentist. I also participated in oral public health and nutrition initiatives in Bucharest, going to elementary schools, helping to develop the materials that we used, etc.
I sincerely hope to have the privilege of demonstrating my abilities in 3D imaging and my advanced understanding and capacity in the applicability of forces to jaw bones. Nothing brings me greater satisfaction than correcting malocclusions and thus preventing a whole host of maladies that might otherwise arise.
I thank you for considering my application to your competitive program in Orthodontics at XXXX.