Born and raised in Khartoum, Sudan, until the age of 8, I was raised and educated after that in Saudi Arabia. In addition to spending a decade in the KSA growing up and getting my education. I has now been a decade since I made the USA my permanent home. The fact that I studied Dentistry in Poland and spent 5 years there, has left me fluent in Polish as well as English. I am also rapidly learning German. Thus, I could not be more pleased that dentistry for me is fully multilingual and multicultural and I look forward to a lifetime of practicing global dentistry, particularly with respect to my chosen specialty for the balance of my career: Orthodontics.
I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program in many ways; and giving my all, 24/7. I was fortunate that my parents had the resources to flee Sudan when war broke out and were able to find a safer place to raise their family. After my graduation from high school in Saudi Arabia, wanting to become a dentist yet blocked from that career in Saudi Arabia because I am not a citizen of the country, I was again fortunate to be able to move to the USA with my twin brother and begin a new life, including, for me, the chance of going to dental school. My mother sold all of our furniture so that we could buy the plane tickets. Still in my early twenties with a pocket full of dreams, I landed in California. A political refugee with no where to go but up, I began working 6 days a week and going to School, earning my first degree as a Dental Assistant from San Jose City College. I jumped at the opportunity to go to dental school in Poland when it arose, and earned my DMD Degree at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences, among the finest in the country.
My special passion for Orthodontics began even before dental school, soon after I became a dental assistant in California. I worked in a clinic devoted to Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics alongside Dr XXXX, DMD. I felt like I had gone to heaven, definitely in the right place at the right time working with the right team. Throughout my years in dental school, I day-dreamed about specializing in Orthodontics at some point in the future. I adore the art of orthodontic wires and the smell of alginate impressions, the fast pace, often working with dozens of clients each day. Dr. XXXX always explained things to me so I was able to develop a foundation of understanding in Orthodontics, including diagnosis and the development of treatment plans.
I could not be more excited about the prospect of beginning my advanced training in Orthodontics at your institution and giving my all to your community as well as the program. I was soccer coach for kids from 9-13 years old in San Jose California and I really enjoyed it, the sense of community. Very much in love with the vast diversity of America, I could not feel more at home in California and find that my Arabic is quite useful, even professionally, since I even find myself speaking Polish from time to time. Most of all, however, thanks to my wonderful German wife - who could not be more supportive of my advancement in Orthodontics – I am also making rapid progress at learning German. I look forward to many decades to come giving my all to Orthodontics and at some point returning to my native Sudan to work in the advancement of Orthodontics as a discipline in my country of origin. Here in California, I volunteer at my local Sudanese community school in San Jose, teaching kids how to brush their teeth and give them a good prevention about nutrition for kids.
I thank you for considering my application.