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DDS, Indian Woman, Community Service

March 11, 2016

Before I permanently relocated to the USA a little over one year ago, as a result of my marriage to a wonderful man who is also a dentist, I enjoyed some of the very best 5 years of my life working full time as a dentist in my country of origin, India. Here in America, I have hit the ground running and have now worked for one year with DenTemps as a Dental Assistant in no less than 25 clinics. A fast learner, they refer to me sometimes as a master of four-handed dentistry. I have learned a great deal and have already become well adjusted to the state-of-the-art character of dental care in America. I am particularly pleased to have this level of experience because I am certain that it will enable me to excel in your competitive DDS program for international dentists.

One of the exceptional dentists who is recommending me to your program, Dr. XXXX, in particular, has been influential as a mentor. It is in his clinic where I have learned the most about dentistry here in America. I especially admire the way that he provides free treatment for numerous people fighting addictions and struggling to turn their lives around. I too have a special interest in this area and I hope to make my mark someday by publishing in this area. I am particularly troubled by the role of addictions in my native India which has one of the highest oral cancer rates in the world. Dr. XXXX even attends to people on weekends, something else which I very much admire.

As a dental assistant with DenTemps, I have performed a broad variety of duties such as assisting with amalgams and composites, pouring up models, making impressions, etc. The fact that my position has always been temporary has helped me to practice my capacity to adjust to new situations and contexts very rapidly. I have now worked at no less than 25 different clinics, each one its own unique laboratory of learning. As a result, I now feel highly confident that I have been retaining my abilities to function optimally under pressure in the practice of dentistry here in America.

Sharing my husbands’ experiences throughout his journey ahead of me through dental school in the USA has also helped prepare me to excel in your DDS Program. I know largely what to expect because I have supported my husband throughout the process. Naturally, I have his full support now as I prepare to begin my journey through dental school and becoming a licensed dental practitioner in the USA.

My father’s profound dedication to community service is also one of the underlying inspirations that drove me to excel in service to my fellowman and woman through dentistry, especially those who are most vulnerable with the fewest resources. On my first day of primary school, my father announced that: “You shall be God’s gift to others.” This moment is frozen in time for me and I remember it as vividly as if it were yesterday, as it serves as a guiding light to understand who I am and where I come from. He used to tell me that the primary purpose of my education was to prepare me to benefit my society. As I grew up and began to ponder a variety of career paths, I always ended up focusing on my father’s advice which always led me to the conclusion that dentistry much be my true calling.

Foremost in importance among my numerous volunteer activities has been my involvement with the free health camps sponsored by my church. I especially loved these camps because they gave me the opportunity to interact extensively with doctors as well as dentists and profit from extensive conversations on a wide range of topics related to public health, especially oral health. The fact that the care which provided was completely free of charge helped me to understand the kind of joy in life that is most meaningful of all, transforming faces contorted with pain into smiles of joy is the epiphany that I shall forever seek as a result of the way in which the dentists in these camps left me with such a deep sense of appreciation and respect for the profession of the dentist. This is the way that appeared very clear to me as the best way to go about fulfilling my father’s prophecy and becoming a gift from God to others. I can think of no better path than dentistry.

I did extremely well throughout school, especially everything having to do with science. I was awarded a place in dental school based on merit and, after finishing my studies, immediately joined the practice of one of the most famous dental surgeons in my home city of Goa. Under his guidance, I progressed to the point where I was most comfortable managing the clinic independently.  I would go on to practice in Goa for a total of 3 years as well as two years in New Delhi. My last two years as a dentist in India were in Goa, this time in a hospital, which I found the most fulfilling of all because of my love for working with humble people of very limited resources.

My long term goal is to have my own private practice at the same time that I work extensively alongside NGOs that are dedicated to dental missions, helping them in every way that I can, especially with respect to my native India. I thank you for considering my application to your program.

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