My uncle and brother are dentists and so dentistry was a natural career choice. I initially began a career in business and then returned to my true calling, dentistry. What I learned about business will serve me well at some point in the future as I hope to start my own dental practice after finishing dental school and gaining extensive hands-on experience.
I graduated ‘summa cum laude’ with a GPA score of 4.0 in Business from the University of XXXX but I soon decided that a career in business was not going to provide the kind of satisfaction that I needed. I wanted to help people in a direct and personal way and, when I compared my working day to that of my brother the dentist, I concluded that his provided more of the kind of professional as well as human satisfaction that I too was seeking in a career.
I crave the ‘hands on’ aspect of dentistry, healing and preventing disease, and the daily interactions with patients: diagnostics, pain relief, preventative as well as reparative and esthetic dentistry. Nothing excites me as much as the idea of contributing in such a profound way to the transformation of someone from someone who rarely smiles, into a more confident person who raised self-esteem as a result of my efforts.
In addition to my extensive shadowing and assisting my brother, and also my uncle who is a dentist, I have undertaken extensive reading and online research in dentistry. I spent eight months working as a dental assistant completing routine duties and observing complex as well as routine procedures. I especially enjoyed dealing directly with the patients and putting them at their ease . Unfortunately it was necessary to curtail this introduction into dentistry as I needed more lucrative employment to fund my pre-med studies. However, this experience fully confirmed my choice and determination to become a dentist. This is why I am in a ‘pre-med’ program at the University of XXX. The program provides a good grounding in General Science, Biology and Chemistry which will ready me for the DDS program and help me to excel, hitting the ground running.
I know, from my personal research, that a large proportion of people in the US do not realize the importance of routine dental and the way that oral and general health are interrelated. Thus, I also look forward to devoting much of my time to raising consciousness about the importance of preventative dental care, for everyone, perhaps especially for poorer communities. Contributing my time at free dental clinics is fundamental to my professional vision for the future.
I am very excited by the current advances being made in dentistry , the use of laser technology, computer imaging and the use of new materials and techniques in orthodontics. It is my hope to assist in research or trials to further such advances.
I have carefully considered the demands that a challenging DDS program will make. I am determined to apply myself fully to the program and to excel. I am certain that I have both the intellectual capacity and the personal commitment and drive to distinguish myself in dentistry. My bachelor degree results and awards reflect a diligent and intelligent person who is used to ‘going the extra mile’ in his work; my preparation for entry to the program has been both practical and academic and has provided a good understanding of the dental working environment. My greatest asset is a passionate interest in dentistry and in becoming an especially skilled, knowledgeable and effective practitioner.