I am a Saudi dentist who benefitted from excellent ortho treatment as a child, which positively affected, my self-esteem. So, from an early age, I was aware of the importance of dentistry and particularly esthetic treatments. I hoped to do something useful with my life and to help people directly; possessing a solid esthetic sense, an interest in the way things work, and a love of science, dentistry seemed a natural choice and is one that I have never regretted.
During my training, I saw that the specialty that most suited my particular interests, skills, and characteristics was Prosthodontics; I was immediately drawn to it after being introduced. Providing patients with an improved appearance, enhanced self-esteem, and increased dietary choices provides a degree of satisfaction matched by very few professions. My teachers noted my strong interest in the specialty and my aptitude for it, and I was encouraged to acquire as much exposure to it as possible. I elected to spend my internship year in prosthodontic and implant clinics in several hospitals. I observed specialists applying different treatments, modalities, techniques, and detailed planning. This experience provided a firm foundation for specialist study and confirmed my choice. I was privileged to be appointed as a Teaching Assistant and Clinical Demonstrator in the KAU College of Dentistry Prosthodontics Department in August 2016. This position qualifies me to attend Prosthodontic sessions with students and become involved in treatment planning and exposure to various causes and treatments. The work also entitles me to a full grant scholarship for post-graduate studies.
Apart from skills, knowledge, and experience, I understand that empathy is a vital ‘ingredient’ in the specialty and cannot be taught or measured. This specialty is critical to see patients as individuals rather than a set of case notes and images and deal with them patiently and sympathetically. I always seek to do so and put the patient first.
I am excited at the prospect of working in a specialty where many advances in materials and techniques are being achieved. I hope to play a part in future innovations. During training, I was an enthusiastic member of the Research Study Group and contributed to several research projects. I am aware that research calls for distinctive, unique characteristics and skills. I have sought to cultivate analytical skills, meticulous planning, determination, creative and original thinking, and the ability to cooperate with others to achieve common goals. I regard myself as having the potential to become an influential researcher and look forward to the opportunity to contribute, especially biomaterials in maxillofacial prosthodontics, where I see enormous potential for improvement.
My ultimate goals are to become a highly-skilled practitioner, researcher, and teacher of Prosthodontics. I believe that my academic record, specialist studies, and working background provide an excellent basis to excel within the program. I can assure the reader that I shall apply myself with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm to the program and seek to add value.
Thank you for considering my application.