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Highly Experienced International Dentist, Korea

A highly experienced dentist from Korea with many years of operating my own dental practice in my country, I have also had the great privilege of teaching dentistry as a part-time faculty member. Now, having made New York City my new permanent home for the past 3 years, and 48 years old, I am hungry for increased professional advancement, especially since I will be completing a 2-year Advanced Education program in Implant Dentistry at XXU next month. I would like very much to continue my advancement in the USA by earning the DDS Degree.

After earning the DDS, I look forward to many decades to come giving my all, especially on behalf of the underserved, both here in NYC and back at home in Korea. I also hope to teach at some point in time in both Korea and the United States. Especially in Korea, I would like very much to work to incorporate a progressive focus on the underserved in Korean society as part of dental school curricula and outreach. Earning the DDS Degree would go a long way towards helping me to meet these goals.

My interest in social service for the underprivileged and underserved originated early on as a result of the fine example set for me in this regard by my grandfather – my first and perhaps most important role model. I remember following him to his dental clinic and begging him to let me stay and ‘shadow’ him, observe what he was doing. Sometimes he allowed me to do so. Since becoming a dentist myself, I have always strived to be a well respected one, doing everything that I could to provide the highest quality of oral health care to my patients. I finished dental school in Korea in my 20s and have continued to keep myself up to date with developments and advancements in dentistry by reading the literature and attending dental workshops and seminars, as well continuing educational programs - all the while running my private practice of a full time basis. With the help of both my husband and the staff, I was able to successfully operate the busiest and most popular clinic in my home city of ________ for nineteen years. It was an enormous success as a result of our attention to detail and patient satisfaction.

My volunteer efforts began when I was still a dental student. Since completing dental school approximately two decades ago, I have always volunteered my time to the extent that it was possible for me to do so. Throughout the time that we lived in _____ Korea, I provided free treatment to some poor members of our local community, especially senior citizens. There are many immigrant workers from other Southeast Asian countries in Korea that often go without dental care because of a lack of insurance. I remember fondly how some of them would struggle to express their thanks in broken Korean, I felt grateful to my profession that I could help.

Several years ago, I made up my mind to pursue advanced training in dentistry in the USA because I want very much to practice on the cutting edge of my field. Some members of my family were adamantly opposed to my simply leaving a successful private practice to return to school. My mother understood, however, since she began college at the age of 62 and graduated with honors 4 years later; and she was very supportive. I sold my dental practice and came to America to study in the Advanced Program in Implantology at New York University’s College of Dentistry. I will soon be in America for three years. It was a big risk but it has proven to have been worth it, new hopes, new goals, dreams becoming realities. My two years as an NYU implant resident, working with doctors from all over the world, was really thrilling. Although I had placed numerous implants in my private practice for at least a decade prior to this experience, I not only acquired improved surgery skills and advanced prosthodontics techniques, but I was also able to assist with research projects and perform extensive literature reviews. I was able to fully support and demonstrate my treatment plan decisions as a result of practicing evidence-based dentistry.

Becoming a very hard working dentist in Korea and then building on that experience in my Implantology Program at XXU enabled me to become a highly skilled surgeon making constant progress towards my professional dream of greater service to the underserved, here in America as well as back home. After earning the DDS Degree I look forward to both teaching and social service. I love teaching – helping others grow and I want to focus my energy on updating and improving treatments. Perhaps most importantly, I hope to continue my activities in social service as before in Korea because this is what is most central to giving my life meaning as a ‘respectable’ dentist – ‘respect’ being of special prominence in Korean culture.

Since last September (2015) I have been working in private clinic operated by a a member of XXU’s faculty.  It is a great delight to be working on the cutting edge of dentistry in the foremost city of the world and I look forward to continuing to maximize my contribution to dentistry as a result of earning the DDS Degree at your distinguished institution.

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