A wife, mother, and dentist from India, since arriving in the USA a little more than one year ago, I have been working very hard to prepare myself to get admitted to a DDS Program. I am aware of the fierce competition that exists for Advanced Standing Admission for international dentists and I am hoping to be selected perhaps primarily due to the fact that I have an excellent academic track record, work experience in clinical practice, research, teaching and volunteering in dentistry. I also have research experience in oral cancer. My country has the highest rates of oral cancer in the world. We continue to have a majority of our population immersed in poverty with limited access to oral health care; and we are projected to pass China as the most populous nation on the planet within only a few decades.
Now 32 years old, I have been in America for one-and-a-half years and in addition to family responsibilities and getting settled in, I have also worked very hard to prepare myself for to get admitted in your program. After going through the pregnancy and birth of my baby, I started shadowing a local dentist near Boston and my shadowing experiences here in America have left me with a deep and abiding passion to fully reconstitute my profession here in America and to be able to again practice dentistry and completing your program. I am especially pleased to find so much focus here in America on the prevention of oral disease as well as treatment.
In addition to my family, I live almost entirely for helping people to achieve and maintain adequate levels of oral health. I have been raised my entire life to believe with all of my heart that what is most important is one’s contribution to the general welfare of our society, especially our service to the underserved, the poor, weak, sick, and vulnerable, and those who cannot afford dental treatment. I hope to reserve a part of my energy for dedication to research throughout the course of my career and it would be a special honor for me to teach at some point, perhaps back in India when my child is grown if not sooner.
I have always excelled as a student and this has helped me to keep my sights aimed high. On the basis of my excellent academic track record, I received the Vice Chancellors Award for academic excellence in dental school. I am a very hard worker who always does the very best that I possibly can with any task that I am given.
Being raised in a small village in rural India, I have experienced many hardships in my life yet continued to move forward and to triumph. My father is a farmer and my mother is a homemaker, both with very little formal education. Observing how my parent’s opportunities were limited by their lack of education, I have been inspired since childhood to pursue the highest level of education possible. But this was a special challenge since I come from a culture in which the education of women outside the home is little encouraged. I was one of only a handful of girls in my village who have been fortunate to advance to higher education. I am the first in my family to receive a formal education and the first and only dentist in my village.
My love affair with dentistry started when I was in high school. One day my mother had a severe tooth ache. I had to rush with her to a dental clinic in a nearby town as there was not even a single dental clinic in my village. After waiting for about an hour in a long queue she received treatment and her pain was finally relieved. After this incident my respect for dentists and dentistry steadily increased and I realized the immense need for dental education and additional clinics in rural areas of India. Considering my interest in science, which was thankfully encouraged by my science teacher, my artistic skill, and my motivation to serve my community, I decided to pursue dentistry as a career.
A quick learner with artistic hands, I have long cultivated exceptional clinical skills and it is in the clinic where I feel most satisfied and experience the purest form of joy, caring for others and helping them; truly giving my all to my patients. I excel at oral care in part because of my lengthy involvement with arts and crafts since childhood, helping me to cultivate great attention to detail, to be patient, and to develop the highest level of manual dexterity possible, particularly working in small spaces. I received many awards in college and regional level competitions in Rangoli- a traditional art in which patterns are created on the floor with colored sand meticulously using hand /finger pinch requiring great precision, concentration, and a most nimble dexterity.
Volunteer work has also been central among my top priorities, actively participating in many dental education and oral screening camps for school children. I have also worked with numerous blood drives. Before leaving India, I was able to complete 1.5 years of clinical experience as a dentist in a very busy clinic, where I generally worked 60-80 hrs a week; this gave me the privilege of helping many hundreds of some of the most humble and needy people in my country. I also served for 2 years as a lecturer in dental school where I worked to transmit my knowledge to new undergraduate students. I shared not only the theoretical knowledge but also my clinical experience with the students.
I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished program. I hope for a positive feedback from your side and assure you that if given a chance to study at your esteemed university, I won’t leave any stone unturned in my efforts to achieve academic excellence.