I excelled academically at school graduating first in my class with a GPA of 99.7%. Consequently, many career paths were open to me. However, I had decided as a child that I would become a dentist and an orthodontist. My choice arose because I had benefitted from the skills of an excellent orthodontist and knew that his skills and knowledge had transformed my own self-esteem and image and so became determined to do the same for others. I have never regretted my decision to pursue dentistry and now seek to acquire the specialist skills and knowledge to enable me, ultimately, to treat the most complex cases, to undertake meaningful research and to pass on my skills and passion to others.
I graduated from dental school with a 1st Honor degree and was ranked second in my class. During my internship, I decided to try several different specialties, I learned much and greatly enjoyed this exposure. However, I was confirmed in my original choice of orthodontics. I am aware that this specialty is not for everyone as it calls for a wide range of uncommon skills and characteristics such as a strong esthetic sense together with the practical and creative skills to enable an envisioned outcome to become reality. I am greatly drawn by the very exciting and rapid advances which are being made in techniques and materials in the specialty and I hope to play my part in future innovation. I am aware that the specialty often requires the creation and maintenance of long-term relationships with patients and calls for the ability to quickly gain their confidence and trust, together with an ability to explain complex treatments in simple terms.
Having qualified, I was offered a post as Demonstrator in the Department of Orthodontics at the faculty of Dentistry of the XXXX University, which I believe, demonstrates my superiors’ confidence in my ability and potential. The work has enabled me to complement my post-graduate education in the specialty and to assist in research and the teaching process, both of which I have greatly enjoyed.
It is clear to me that the skills and characteristics of a good orthodontist overlap considerably with those of a good researcher, among these are: the ability to plan effectively, to set challenging but realistic goals, to think creatively and originally and to co-operate happily with others to achieve a common goal. I believe that I possess these skills and characteristics. I am very keen to extend my research experience and am particularly interested in assisting in research related to the treatment of patients with cranio-facial syndromes such as cleft lip and palate and into new treatments, techniques and materials and into new aligners and hope that the opportunity to do so will arise within the program.
I have lived, studied and worked only in Saudi Arabia but have travelled as a tourist in Europe and the Middle East. I enjoy being exposed to new cultures and in sharing insights into my own rich heritage. I am aware that health provision calls for cultural awareness and sensitivity to ensure that positive relationships with colleagues and patients are created. I am a friendly, outgoing person who enjoys working as a team member and leading a team when called upon to do so.
I am particularly attracted to the program because of its prestigious history in the teaching of the specialty, the renown of the faculty and of the high professional regard in which its graduates are held. I shall, if selected, determinedly seek to ‘add value’ to the program and shall apply myself with my customary diligence and enthusiasm.
To summarize: I have an excellent academic record; I have some research experience; I believe that I possess the characteristics, skills and interests which will enable me to add considerable value to the program and that I have the potential to become a highly skilled and effective specialist. However, my main recommendation is a genuine passion for the specialty and a strong desire to acquire, develop and apply high-level specialist skills and knowledge for the benefit of many.
Thank you for considering my application.