My skill in, and love of, science subjects at school opened many career paths to me but I wanted to do something useful in life and dentistry held a special attraction since its skills are needed by everyone at some stage in life, the constant advances in techniques and materials make it a dynamic and exciting profession and the opportunity to improve appearance, comfort and dietary choice provide exceptional professional satisfaction to the practitioner and great utility to the patient. Becoming a dentist is a choice that I have never regretted.
I graduated with a creditable GPA of 4.4/5 awarded by the prestigious King Abdulaziz University which, I believe, reflects exceptional diligence and enthusiasm and is an indication of my academic and professional potential. Since qualifying, I have undertaken a number of internships which have exposed me to a wide range of patient types and conditions and provided me with a good foundation in the practice of dentistry. I have also sought to extend and deepen my knowledge and skills through wide reading of professional journals and attendance at as many relevant conferences, forums and workshops as possible. I have also organised, or assisted in the organisation, of several events to widen my own knowledge and that of dental students and graduates. In addition, I have participated in a wide range of voluntary activities relating to the propagation of oral and dental health education especially to children and the young.
My skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and research experience were recognised by an invitation to become a Clinical Supervisor and teacher of dental students at KAU which I very much enjoy. However, research is my main interest. I have assisted in several research projects and co-authored a number of papers relating, in the main, to topics relating to oral biology which has become a passionate interest to me since it is the vital key to so many problems relating to improvement in dental and oral health.
My application arises from, among other reasons: an eagerness to understand the biological basis of normal or pathological oral phenomena as they affect different specialties; a desire to understand the link between oral biological knowledge and progress in dental care; an understanding of the ways in which the specialty can assist practitioners in early and accurate diagnoses; and in the development of more effective preventative therapies and materials.
I am aware that research calls for characteristics and skills that are uncommon. Among these are: the ability to accurately identify problems and the likely solutions to them; the ability to think creatively and originally; high-level planning skills; the ability to set challenging but realistic goals and a willingness to collaborate positively with others to achieve a common goal. I would not be making this application if I were not confident that I possess these skills and characteristics and the drive to develop them further to become a first-class researcher in the field.
My goal is to become an academic sharing my passion for the specialty and in undertaking useful research that aids the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of oral and dental conditions.
To summarise: I have a very good degree; a good grounding in practice; experience of teaching; and an excellent grounding in useful research. However, my main recommendation is that I am genuinely passionate in acquiring the high-level skills and knowledge that will enable me to make a real and beneficial difference in the lives of many practitioners and patients.
Thank you for considering my application.