My first choice for a residency program in pediatric dentistry is the XXXX School of Dentistry at XXXX University. I am currently working toward completing 2016 my DDS Degree. My central professional dream is to serve the balance of my professional life as a pediatric dentist working in a family dental practice and at the same time spending long hours at the local hospital caring for children with special needs. Dentistry and community are inseparable intellectually and professionally for me, with children standing at the center of my professional and moral frame of reference. The children in our community represent our future and many of them. Many of them need and deserve our full support—including oral health care--since some have no parents and others have parents who have been unwilling or unable to care adequately for their children. At 26, single, never married, childless, dentistry and community are my 24/7.
UX is my first choice to begin practicing dentistry for various reasons, not the least of which I am already very much a part of our academic community and, thus, feel that I am exceptionally well-positioned to excel in the program here. I also appreciate enormously how UXX is unsurpassed in the agility and effectiveness they coordinate pediatric dentistry across academic and hospital settings, particularly concerning trauma cases and especially as compared to other programs in California. I have already formed excellent working relations as a student in the program with many members of the faculty who I would very much like to continue to see and have more significant opportunities to learn from as I continue to advance in the area of pediatric dentistry at UX.
I have observed and helped in our pediatric dentistry clinic at UXX and have been involved with various causes. Some patients require sedation like nitrous oxide, and others with extensive trauma and infections. As a co-president of Pediatric Selective, we host several meetings every month to discuss different topics and pediatric-specific articles in light of professional guidelines. We share updates on our cases since our last meeting to improve our ability to handle any challenging situation in pediatric dentistry. Patient management is the number one factor that distinguishes a great pediatric dentist. Our group is involved in numerous screening projects in the local community, particularly at schools. I have served on the UXX mobile clinic and helped organize special events like the XXXX Outreach Clinic to deliver treatment for children with special needs. These activities have been most rewarding not only insofar as I have been able to get more experience with children but most notably in treating children who are most in need of that care.
Fast, thoroughgoing, and a master at time management, I make constant progress in my performance in clinical dentistry. With my very active role in Pediatric Selective, I have had lots of opportunities for involvement in the community, from screening children to providing their treatment. Volunteering for the mobile clinic has provided me with some of the peak moments of my life so far. I take particular joy in giving free, comprehensive dental care to kids whose families cannot otherwise afford it—serving as an Organizer and Clinical Manager of the XXXX House Outreach Clinic also provided me with the critically important experience of managing a team.
I look forward to contributing to the diversity of dentistry at UXX as someone born in Iran and lived there until I was 18 years of age when my entire family immigrated to the United States. We are Jewish, and Iran's political climate became most repressive for our people, especially since we are discriminated against in education and employment. The USA was a new start for us, and we began working and studying immediately. We have been in the USA for almost nine years, and I am a US citizen. I have always been an excellent student, and this is reflected in my grades at UXX, 3.94 undergraduate (Biochemistry), and 3.8 in dental school. In addition to Farsi, I can read Hebrew and understand a little.
Being selected for your competitive program would empower and inspire me further towards a professional lifetime of service combining private and public practice, attending to the needs of my own family that I will probably have someday, always at the same time that I give my very best to those children who are part of our community family. For whom we all must care as if they were our own. I especially look forward to long-term connections with kids from their first dental visit until they graduate from high school. I want to spend a lot of time at the local hospital caring for child trauma victims and researching as I hope to publish in this area.
Nothing fires me up more than testing the use and application of new technologies, especially CAD/CAM). I am also interested in the use/indication and contraindication of different dental materials in pulpal treatment.
I thank you for consideration of my application.