I have been aware that my ultimate professional destination in life is to build a career in Pediatric Dentistry since I was a teenager, becoming the finest pediatric dentist possible, as a result of lifelong education, and the fullest possible dedication to my profession. Thus, I hope very much to be selected to your distinguished residency program in Pediatric Dentistry. My journey to Pediatric Dentistry began very early on in life, in India, where I was born and raised, and also became a dentist. My special interest in children, as well as dentistry, was being cultivated while I was still a student in high school, since I was always involved on some level with in a host of social service projects devoted mostly to the well-being of children. I learned the fine art of patience, and its special importance and implications for working with children; how to talk to children on their own level, calming them, soothing them, and gaining their confidence.
I keenly look forward to a lifetime of service to my community, and becoming a pediatric dentist noted for service to the underserved, in particular, as much as time and circumstances allow, eventually back home in India as well as here in the USA. I anticipate continuing to network in the area of Pediatric Dentistry studying and eventually participating in or contributing to the labors of non-profit organization that provide free service to underserved populations with a focus on children and young people. My grandfather, an especially important role model for me growing up, always wanted to see me as a doctor or dentist and encouraged me from early on that I had great potential for helping the less fortunate among us, those with special needs and few resources. My parents and my husband are my primary support system in the accomplishment of my professional dreams. Eventually, I hope to start my own clinic.
Central to my long-term plans is research involving my own pediatric patients, with a focus on children that who are underserved and at risk. An inherently calm individual, I feel strongly that my soothing nature provides me with special opportunities for excellence in pediatric dentistry. A pleasant smile, soft talk, relaxing the patient and the parents is key to the achievement of best outcomes. Thus, I always focus on the dentist-patient-parent relationship.
After finishing dental school in India, I went on to earn my Master of Biomedical Sciences. I anticipate finishing my DMD program for international dentists at Rutgers University this coming May of 2019. I have learned a great deal in dental school so far and have already been developing a special focus on community-based dentistry with a special focus on oral health education of parents and their children alike.
Before coming to the USA for my DMD program, I worked in a private clinic with patients in need of oral prophylaxis, temporary and permanent restorations, complete and partial dentures, extractions, as well as esthetic and root canal treatments. I was also responsible for clinic management, sterilization of instruments, and inventory of dental materials, as well as patient care and handling their appointment scheduling.
I feel most fortunate to have been born into a family where educating a girl child is no longer considered a burden, as, sadly, remains the case among many Indian families. I am also thankful of the fact that I was able to pursue my education in different parts of our highly diverse and pluralistic society, laying a solid foundation for my keen appreciation of diversity and multilingualism. Our family dentist, Dr. XXXX, is another important role model for me and important to the goals that I formed early on. It was in his clinic where I came to understand the great joy of enhancing the patients’ smile.
By securing an exceptionally high rank on a very competitive entrance exam, I received a merit seat at Rajarajeswari Dental College & Hospital. Dental school greatly enhanced my high level of motivation and manual skill. One especially proud moment for me came when, as an integral part of the Dental Anatomy course, we were asked to carve the exact replica of various teeth with a variety of anatomical landmarks for each tooth. After spending long, tormenting hours of practice at school and home, I was most proud of my accomplishment and it proved to be an excellent investment in my future. Later during my internship in Pediatric dentistry the models I carved of children’s primary teeth were put on display and used for educational purposes.
I look forward to a long professional lifetime practicing independently, exercising great creativity in my daily work and, at the same time, practicing flexibility in my lifestyle that will allow me to fully savor my family life at the same time that I advance in my career. I am happiest when I am moving and creating with my hands, something that has been the case throughout my lifetime since I began knitting and crocheting while still a small child. I was also an award-winning athlete in school, teaching me focus, endurance, and the importance of teamwork.
I thank you for considering my application to your program in Pediatric Dentistry.