My first choice for a residency program in pediatric dentistry is the XXXX School of Dentistry at the University of XXXX where I am currently working towards the completion in 2016 of 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 as well as 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 need and deserve our full support—including oral health care--, since some have no parents at all and others have parents who have been unwilling or unable to care adequately for their children. For me personally, at 26, single, never married, childless, dentistry and community are my 24/7.
UXX is my first choice to begin practicing dentistry for a variety of reasons not the least of which is the fact that I am already very much a part of our academic community and, thus, feel that I am especially well positioned to excel in the program here. I also appreciate enormously the way in which is UXX is unsurpassed at the agility and effectiveness with which they coordinate pediatric dentistry across academic and hospital settings, particularly with respect to 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 greater opportunity to learn from as I continue to advance in the area of pediatric dentistry at UXX.
I have observed and helped out in our pediatric dentistry clinic here at UXX and have been involved with a broad variety of cases, some patients requiring sedation like nitrous oxide, other patients with extensive trauma and infections. As a co-president of Pediatric Selective, we host several meetings every month discussing 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 kind of challenging situation that might occur in pediatric dentistry. We generally see patient management as 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 also helped to 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 particularly 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 opportunity 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, as I take special joy in providing free, comprehensive dental care for 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 continuing to contribute to the diversity of dentistry at UXX as someone who was 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 the political climate in Iran became most repressive for our people, especially since we are discriminated against in terms of education and employment. The USA was a new start for all of us and we began working and studying immediately. We have now been in the USA for almost 9 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, and for whom we all have the duty to care for as if they were our own. I especially look forward to long term connections with kids from their very first dental visit until they graduate from high school. I want to spend a lot of time at the local hospital caring for child victims of trauma; and doing research 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 also have a great interest in the use/indication and contraindication of different dental materials in pulpal treatment.
I thank you for consideration of my application.