I finished dental school in my native Pakistan and I am now a permanent resident of the USA. I hope to be selected to a DDS/DMD Program for international dentists based on my intense passion and labor on behalf of dentistry and my very high motivation to advance my career here in the USA by completing your program. I would like to be a maxillo-facial surgeon. I would love to have more in depth knowledge of surgical orthodontics. In 10 years I would love to be a maxillofacial surgeon. Taking care of my family is what I see myself doing. I would like to believe I would be running my own free clinics for people in need. I would like to use my medical and dental knowledge to help mankind.
I came to America from Pakistan when I was 21, marrying a woman in America with whom I am very much in love. We have worked hard together to make our dreams a reality and she could not be more supportive of my desire to pursue my career in dentistry, making dental school not only my top priority but for our family as well. Since my arrival in America I have been laboring to preparing myself for selection to a DDS/DMD program for international dentists. By the time that I received my license to practice dentistry in Pakistan, I was already hard at work on my US board exams. During my studies, I offered my help to local clinics nearby and served as a volunteer dental assistant so as to gain experience with the advanced practices and procedures of dental clinics in the USA. I am currently working as a dental assistant with a clinic in Drexel Hill where I have been given a lot of responsibility and especially enjoy assisting Dr. Donald Ruch with surgical and other dental procedures. I spend a lot of time reading independently in dentistry and keenly look forward to participating in research as my career progresses. Among the areas that I have given my greatest attention are research in grafts, dental implants, and distraction osteogenesis.
In addition to finishing dental school and becoming licensed to practice dentistry in Pakistan, I also have significant experience as a dentist in Pakistan before coming to the USA, for which I am very thankful. I completed one year as a House Officer at the Khyber College of Dentistry where I treated large number of patients. I also worked at The Tooth Care Clinic in Peshawar, Pakistan caring for general dentistry patients. This has resulted in my thinking globally about dentistry, the underserved, and the importance of international missions in dentistry. In Pakistan, there is great need and suffering the memory of which I will always carry with me, constantly spurring me forward in dentistry and making important contributions to dentistry in Pakistan as well as here in the USA.
Ever since I was a little boy, my mother told me it was her dream that I would become a doctor. My mother and father were extremely poor and I was one of 6 children. In the village where I grew up, there were very few legitimate doctors. Most who claimed that title were quack doctors, with little-to-no formal education. Growing up in Pakistan where poor people have very little access to health care resources generally speaking is the single most prominent reason why I chose to give my life to dentistry. It was not until the day my brother became very ill and my uncle drove my entire family to a hospital in the nearest large city, however, that I even laid eyes on a real doctor. After I began learning about the health care professions as I got older, I gravitated towards dentistry because I enjoyed the challenge. Another factor was the fact that my older sister had a lot of problems with her teeth, which also helped me to think of dentists as especially heroic.
I hope to be selected because of my capacity and desire to help the underserved for the balance of my professional life as a dentist, not only here in America but also by serving on medical/dental missions, returning to Pakistan to help some of the most underserved people in the world, for several weeks each year. For some time now, Pakistan has been filling up with refugees, most from neighboring Afghanistan. Most of them speak Pashto, one of two of my native languages, the other being Urdu.
I have overcome many obstacles in life from the very beginning as result of diligence and perseverance against very long odds. There were times as a young person where I went hungry. But it was not my need that resulted in my receiving a full scholarship for dental school from the government of Pakistan, but merit. In fact, there were only 500 out of 20,000 applicants were awarded a full scholarship.
I am good with my hands, always have been. I count myself most fortunate to have such great passion for my career and to have the full backing of my family, especially the support of my loving and equally hard-working wife. We have a little girl who is the center of our world. I want my daughter to be proud of her father and I want my kids to know that if you apply yourself to a goal with enough diligence, it is achievable. My daughter is the most precious blessing I have ever received.
I thank you for considering my application.