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Periodontology Residency, Indian Dentist Earning MPH Degree, Biostatistics

Updated: Mar 24

A dentist from India, I have been especially devoted to Periodontics as my chosen area of dentistry since early on in dental school, especially following my graduation near the top of my class from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, one of India’s finest dental schools, in December of 2010. I hope very much to be accepted into a residency program in Periodontics since it is this area of Dentistry that I have made my life calling. I could not be more enthusiastic about receiving advanced training in this area, followed by decades of research and practice to come, all with a focus on Periodontics.

After gaining several years of invaluable experience practicing dentistry in India, I began readying to make a move to the USA where greater opportunities exist to further perfect my capabilities in Periodontics and to ultimately maximize my contribution to my profession and our increasingly global community. Towards this end, and with my eye on helping to improve the plight of the underserved with respect to oral health care, I have been working very hard at earning my MPH Degree with a focus on Biostatistics and am nearing completion of my program at Temple University - after which I hope to begin a residency position in Periodontology. I have also been shadowing Dr. Bansi at Smile Team since August of 2018, to get exposure to how dentistry is practiced in a typical clinic in the USA.

My country, India, is projected to overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by mid-century, within my working lifetime. This motivates me to give my all to the study of the many challenges facing oral health care in my country, largely as a result of sheer numbers. For this reason, I see earning the MPH Degree to be a long-term investment in my capacity to contribute to the long-term challenges that we face in global dentistry. In particular, I see Periodontics as of great value for India, and this is one of the factors which called me in this professional direction. Minimally invasive surgical techniques first and foremost, stand at the center of my research interests and the area in which I am the most widely read, along with Implantology.

I come from humble but very hard-working origins among India’s minority Orthodox Hindu community. Since I was a child, I have been told by my family and the members of the larger community that what we have and what we aspire to do is all a gift from God, and this is the way that I see my education and my capacity for the balance of my professional life to contribute to caring for the oral health needs of the globally underserved.

In fact, my family was so humble that my own dental care was largely out of economic reach for us. For years, I had to live with one missing lateral, one retained deciduous canine, and one peg. I was shy and seldom smiled. Within time, however, this situation contributed to my growing stronger and more determined: focused on dentistry. My own condition and the way that I had to wait such a long time, day dreaming about someday having it corrected, contributed to the development of my compassion for others who suffer from similar oral health afflictions or challenges.

After completing your program with some of the finest and most comprehensive, advanced training in Periodontics available, I hope to serve with an NGO such as Global Dental Relief, bringing free dental care to some of the world’s most needy families in places like Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya, and Cambodia. My long-term plans include a return to India and the fullest engagement possible in the area of public oral health care advance in my country of origin. I hope to teach Periodontics in India, and contribute to the professional development and identity of Periodontics in India. In particular, I look forward to being an active member of the Dental Council of India.

I take great pride in my compassion and patience. I am a firm believer in taking the time to adequately explain procedures to patients so that they are fully engaged with the procedure, exercising their full autonomy after I have fully explained the range of options available. I take pride at earning the confidence of my patient. I aspire to treat every patient as unique, and to tailor the treatment to their unique circumstances. In India, for example, I always informed my patients who had the abysmal habit of chewing beetle-nut that using porcelain for a fused crown was a bad idea. I see oral health education as fundamental to the professional responsibility of the dentistry professional, both with respect to the community in general as well as each patient in particular. Good communication is central to the art of building and solidifying the doctor-patient bond.

I seek a long professional lifetime filling my time as much as possible with dental volunteering on the one hand, and research on the other, staying abreast of developments in dentistry. I spend a lot of time reading about vulnerable populations, those who most need my help. After completing your program, I hope to increase my contribution as a volunteer. I miss very much the volunteer opportunities that I had in India, especially providing free services every Sunday for those who would not afford a dentist in my community, volunteering at free dental clinics.

I thank you for considering my application.

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