One great advantage of wanting to do something with an obscure job title is that questions are often posed such as: ‘What IS a prosthodontist?’ and when I give an outline answer, they often go on to say, ‘… and why do you want to do that?’ I give short replies, so as not to bore enquirers, but these questions present useful and constant challenge to me to carefully consider accurate and satisfying answers for my own purposes and I present them here, among other relevant information, in support of my application.
A good prosthodontist has a great desire to help others but, of course, the desire to help in itself is entirely inadequate. He must be an excellent and highly-trained technician, ready to look at every treatment as unique both in its technical challenges and in the uniqueness of the patient, who is more than a set of X-rays, a list of symptoms and a treatment plan. He is an excellent collaborator and leader, ready to share and receive opinions and insights and a great communicator who can inspire trust and confidence in his patients and staff and has the ability to explain complex plans in simple language. He is someone who appreciates innovation and who has the enthusiasm and curiosity to keep abreast of a field in which new techniques and materials are constantly evolving and tries to add to the sum of common knowledge of the specialty for the benefit of all. But most of all, he is determined to restore smiles, a pleasing appearance, dietary choices and confidence in his patients and derives enormous satisfaction from being able to do so.
My goal is to acquire the highest level of skills, knowledge and experience to fit me, ultimately, to practice, research and teach and so share my passion with others. I am also interested in creating videos to provide both general and specialist dental education to supplement dental training and to inform and interest potential dentists, on a totally free basis, possibly through such a medium as Youtube. I have taken part in dental education programs in underserved communities and believe that I was exceptionally effective in ‘getting the message across’. I thoroughly enjoy teaching, I have always carefully noted the techniques applied and characteristics displayed by the most effective teachers in my own academic and professional careers and always seek to emulate them.
During my degree program, I was invited to assist in a research project relating to the degree of the awareness of gingival diseases and their relation to unhealthy habits among the Egyptian population. Our results were published in the 15th International Dental Congress in Cairo. This exposed me to the processes involved and in demonstrating the planning and analytical skills involved in effective research together with the personal characteristics of determination, patience and diligence. I am especially interested in undertaking research relating to dental material sciences and digital dentistry.
Following graduation from dental school, in 2012, I undertook a year-long clinical internship at the Modern Science and Arts University in Cairo. I was allowed to make my own decisions as to the departments in which to invest my clinical time. I spent a month in Endodontic then a month in Orthodontics, followed by a month in the restorative clinic. I became fascinated by the work of the clinic because of the dramatic results that were achieved and the complexity of the process in doing so and so spent the remaining nine months of the internship in the Prosthodontics Department. I gained significant experience in dealing with increasingly complex cases. The more complex a case was, the more excited I was to be involved. I relished the challenges involved, the planning process and then collecting the necessary information relating to biomechanics, material sciences, physics, esthetics and biology to reach an optimum conclusion.
My internship was followed by a year working as a general dentist in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. During this time I continued to seek as much exposure to the specialty as possible. Since July 2014 to the present time, I have simultaneously undertaken a ‘foreign externship’ in orthodontics at XXXX University and a traineeship in a dental laboratory. I have also supplemented my knowledge of the specialty by reading professional journals and attendance at relevant conferences and seminars. These programs have been highly profitable in extending and deepening my specialist technical expertise.
I know that cross-disciplinary co-operation is a major feature of the specialty. I have happily studied, worked with, and treated people of many ethnic and social backgrounds. I am an amiable person who relates well with patients and seeks always to ‘put them first’. I speak Arabic and English. I enjoy sharing knowledge about my own culture and acquiring knowledge about others.
To summarize: I have acquired significant experience in the specialty; I have research and teaching experience; I possess the characteristics required of an excellent researcher, practitioner and teacher; however, my main recommendation is a genuine passion for the specialty and in becoming highly expert within it, for the benefit of many.