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The Global Underserved in Dentistry: What I like most about helping applicants to Dental School draft and edit their Personal Statements.

Increasingly, those who are most poor, the ‘underserved’ in terms of oral health care today, are central to the mission and priorities of the dental profession. My own academic training was in the area of religion and ethics, set into history, especially with respect to the global south or Developing World. The Gospel of a ‘preferential option for the poor’, and among the poor, those who are ‘most poor’ was central to my own social and political as well as religious thinking. Nowhere do I see this emphasis on the importance of being of service to those most in need better expressed than in the case of dentistry, where a great deal of effort is expended by the profession as a whole on attention to the ‘underserved’. There is a sense of desperate urgency of need that is unsurpassed in dentistry.

I turned my PHD in World Religions (University of Southern California, 1995) into a celebration of diversity in dental school admissions, especially for applicants born in the Developing World who look forward to returning to their countries of origin to help with the great need that exists for new initiatives in oral health care for the masses of ordinary people, many if not most of whom have never seen a dentist. I do this because I see Jesus in the faces of poor children without adequate health care. Since finishing my own doctoral study a quarter-of-a century ago, I have devoted most of my professional life to helping applicants to dental school put together the most effective Personal Statement that we can, working together as a team. While I also help to draft a lot of statements for residency and/or Master’s Degree positions in areas of specialization, a majority of my clients in dentistry are foreign trained, international dentists mostly from the Developing World seeking to earn a doctoral degree in dentistry in the English-speaking world, most frequently the DDS or DMD in the USA.

As the public’s oral health care needs increase in complexity, there is renewed attention to the ethical dimensions of community oral health decision making. Calls are often heard for renewed, more creative and encompassing applications of ethics to global public health issues, especially with respect to teaching and research in dentistry. Despite their reduction globally, oral diseases persist with a particular distribution pattern that is a reflection of the increasingly widespread inequality in access to community oral health preventive and dental care that characterizes global economic and political structures. Vast disparities exist between levels of availability, accessibility, and acceptability of oral health education and the care.

As a result of my editing and enhancement of their rough draft material, and based on their interview, where appropriate, I make it clear in the Personal Statement that the applicant is concerned with the importance of equity, human rights, and social justice in providing oral health care to the underserved. The very best strategy possible, in fact, is to suggest something especially creative that the member of the Admission or Selection Committee has never heard before, something that grows naturally or logically out of your accumulated experience, something to help vulnerable populations in particular.

Global patterns of oral diseases continue to reflect widespread inequality in terms of access to public preventive and dental care and it is often a good idea to express your concern for this situation in your Personal Statement. Suggesting a concern for refuges and/or migrants can also be an excellent strategy.

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I finished my PHD in Religion and Social Ethics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in May of 1995. Since that time, I have dedicated my life to helping others to have the beautiful and noble opportunity of a higher education, or to be selected for a fellowship, scholarship, internship, or residency opportunity. An eloquent statement often makes the difference. 

My own doctoral research was concerned primarily with the Cold War, especially in Latin America. Read my Doctoral Dissertation in the USC database: "Gender, Violence, and Empire in Central America." For over 25 years, I have stayed current on most of the news coming out of the Developing World, Africa and Asia as well as Latin America, especially human rights issues and political conflict. I have studied world religions and cultures extensively for decades. Fluent in Spanish, I am published in Spanish in the areas of history and gender studies.

For the past 20 years now, I have dedicated most of my energy laboring for the success of my clients and it is a privilege that I hope to continue for another quarter of a century or more. I can usually send your statement within 48 hours of your payment. I look forward to going to work on your statement as soon as tomorrow: Online Interview Form! After filling out this online form, you will have feedback from me within 24 hours, 7 days a week.

My service is quite different from other statement writing services for International Dentists on the Internet for several reasons. I am the little guy on the web, not a big business like most of my competitors. You deal directly with me. I answer all of your questions completely free of charge and I am solely responsible for producing a statement that you are very pleased with.

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