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Orthodontics Residency Personal Statement NYC

Updated: Jan 25

A dentist and US citizen born, raised, and educated in New York, I look forward to contributing to celebrating diversity in your Orthodontics program as an Afghan woman since my parents came to America from Afghanistan, and I am active in the Afghan-American community. There are few female dentists from or in Afghanistan, especially true concerning Orthodontics. Thus, I very much look forward to serving as a role model for new generations of Afghan women here in America and doing what I can, within time, to help advance Orthodontics and general dentistry for underserved areas or marginalized populations.

Nothing excites me more than planning a long and distinguished career in Orthodontics, improving chewing and function, and empowering individuals with self-confidence reflected and conveyed through their broad, uninhibited smiles. I love the planning accompanying orthodontic treatment and the organization required to optimize treatment spanning several years. I seek the most profound and extensive immersion experience possible in your program. Enhancing my appreciation for esthetic concerns, I go much more profound and carefully study and contribute to our success at correcting the consequences of craniofacial deformities. I keenly look forward to contributing to research in this area and staying busy professionally and as a volunteer for those patients suffering from cleft lip and palate.

I look forward to maintaining close ties with the academic world throughout my career, entirely dedicated to lifelong education. I would like to have the profound privilege of teaching Orthodontics sometime in my career. I plan to eat, sleep, and breathe in Orthodontics for several decades. I hope to eventually give my all to a multi-specialty practice where I can tackle complex craniofacial deformities, working alongside teams of oral surgeons and pediatric dentists.

I finished dental school in 2017 and went on to a GPR at XXXX Hospital - from 2017 to 2018. My experience thus far includes experience with medically complex and pediatric patients. The three weeks I spent immersed in Orthodontics at XXXX, mostly placing brackets and bands, was the high point of my professional life, and I sat in on multiple cleft lip and palate conferences. At XXXU, during the treatment planning stage, space restriction/crowding presented significant challenges for achieving optimal esthetics, helping me more fully appreciate how Orthodontics is key to the aesthetics of smile design. Invisalign certified, I am employed by two private dental offices on Long Island.

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My passion for Orthodontics began in high school when I had my Orthodontic treatment. The second oldest of five children, I have long served as a role model to my siblings, and my parents, brothers, and sisters became accustomed to turning to me for help as I was growing up. I am well-organized and an extremely hard worker. Always with a ‘can-do' attitude, I get things done. Very family oriented, I place a high priority on building and maintaining solid relationships. I like to solve puzzles, and I love a challenge. My parents always wanted me to be a medical doctor. Still, they recognized the exceptional talent in my hands early on and have fully supported my giving my all to dentistry. I am a woman who has always adored fashion, makeup, cosmetics, and beauty; thus, turning my attention to the aesthetic side of dentistry is a natural choice and the fulfillment of a lifelong calling.

Thank you for considering my application to your distinguished program in Orthodontics.

Orthodontics Residency Personal Statement NYC


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