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Excellence in Dental School Admission Application Personal Statements by Dr. Robert Edinger

Sample Endodontics Residency/Certificate Program Personal Statement Sample, Vietnamese

Born and raised in Vietnam, I immigrated to California and graduated from USC as a dental hygienist, spending the next 6 years working in this area. Then, I went to dental school to become a dentist. Since May of 2016, I have been practicing general dentistry and preparing myself for special effort and excellence in the area of Endodontics in the future. I hope to become part of you distinguished Endodontics team and earn my Master’s Degree or Certification in Endodontics, making it my lifelong specialty.

It was a profound honor to return to Vietnam as a dentist, participating in a dental mission, providing free, basic care to the underserved. I see this trip as the first of many. I feel that I have a lot to give to dental missionary work in Vietnam, in particular, since Vietnamese is my native language and I am most useful on a mission there as a communicator. On my last trip, I witnessed many people, young as well as old, coming in with desperately decayed teeth. Still, most of the teeth in question could have been saved rather than extracted. It saddened me greatly that we were unable to save those teeth and this experience left me still more highly motivated to excel at Endodontics as my area of professional specialization in Dentistry for the balance of my professional lifetime.

I have been actively engaged in research since my days as a student of dental hygiene, and then during dental school, studying musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals, for example, in support of Dr. XXXX, an expert in the field of physical therapy – working with data, literature reviews and compiling lists with descriptions of strengthening exercises that help to counteract daily pain experienced by dental professionals.

Beginning in dental school, I increasingly developed a special passion for Endodontics and I hope to contribute all that I can to the profession through research, life-long learning, and constant striving for clinical excellence. I also plan to dedicate as much time as possible throughout the balance of my career as an Endodontist to helping underserved members of my community.

In addition to serving as a volunteer Teaching Assistant for a Periodontics module with Dr. Austin and a pre-clinical composite restoration class with Dr. XXXX, I completed numerous continuing education courses, spending all weekend studying subjects ranging from esthetic restoration and implant dentistry to Periodontics, and most importantly, Endodontics. This will help to assure that I provide my patients with up-to-date care.

Throughout the course of my years working as a dental hygienist, I worked closely with several dental companies (Henry Schein, Colgate, etc.) to donate toothbrushes and toothpastes which I brought with me to orphanages in the rural South of Vietnam, along with providing instruction to the children. I also worked closely with AYUDA international, an organization from USC that delivered dental care to the Developing World. With AYUDA, I traveled to Mexico, Peru, and Fiji to deliver dental care to those in need. Seeing how this organization mobilized and motivated individuals to help others is most inspiring. I also started the Professional Allied Club and we achieved our goal of providing resources, interview tips, and study management for the dental hygiene students at USC interested in applying for dental school.

I place a high priority on being an example of hard work, diligence, and dedication to research. I learned many valuable things as a dental hygiene professional practitioner for 6 years before going to dental school. The importance of always showing respect for team members and being supportive – most importantly of all perhaps, always having a positive and upbeat attitude. I yearn to be selected to become part of that team, an endodontist – a specialist in saving teeth.

I have long engaged in sports from swimming to triathlon throughout high school to college; therefore, I understand the importance of teamwork and its impact on everything in our life. As a dental hygiene team leader at XXXX Dental Group, working alongside Dr. XXXX, I had the opportunity to work with an especially awesome team to deliver the utmost care to our patients; and we exceeded the office quotas month after month. During my six years with the team, we made great progress and were able to achieve an extremely high level of well-synchronized efficiency. In fact, we were nominated as office of the year for two years in a row and I was awarded with the Laser Cup Trophy for winning in the region’s competition. I will never forget that moment, not only for my own abilities as a team leader, but also the accomplishment that resulted from our collective efforts. Becoming successful as a dentist in private practice has also inspired me to set the bar high, and to distinguish myself in Endodontics.

My goal in a residency program is to learn all that I can about state-of-the-art techniques, approaches, and best practices. I could not be more dedicated to the achievement of excellence in endodontic pulpal therapy, and look forward to giving my all as part of your team.

I thank you for considering my application.

Many of my clients have written to me to let me know that they had been accepted and to thank me for helping with their Personal Statements or admission essays. I believe that my work often results in acceptance because I draft/edit statements that contain the requisite elements of community spirit and personal character, on the one hand, and the celebration of diversity on the other. This serves to provide a slight edge to many successful applicants, helping them to stand out slightly above their closest competition.

The anonymous examples posted on my site are several years old. They are the personal statements of people originally from all over the world, in keeping with the international spirit of Dental School. When faced with many times the number of applicants for a limited number of positions, and applicants having more-or-less similar grades and examination scores, the Personal Statement is the only basis upon which to base the decision of who will be accepted and whose application will be rejected. 

All of the Statement samples on this web site were written more than 2 years ago and all are anonymous.

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Helping you is my social service.

Most of my clients are people for whom English is a second language. Almost all are multilingual and many have extensive experience from outside the United States. Some are already dentists who have completed their training and already practiced dentistry in their country of origin; and now they are applying to Advanced Placement Programs leading to the DDS degree in America, Canada, England and Australia. Most of my clients also share an interest in serving the desperate need for extensive new initiatives in oral health care geared towards meeting the needs of societies’ most vulnerable sectors in the Developing World.

I am convinced that one’s ethnicity, language skills, and multicultural experiences need to be woven together in a most eloquent fashion in your Personal Statement, as interconnected themes that radiate throughout your admission essay. Your ethnic or racial background and international aptitudes are your greatest assets as an applicant, and they need to be carefully related to both your short and long term goals. I do everything that I can to make your personal statement to dental school as effective as possible. After a careful review of your material, I often ask you highly specific questions born from my many years of experience writing dental statements. I am a seasoned expert concerning what is important to include, and what is not. I have also had a great deal of practice at condensing a lot of material onto two to three double-spaced pages (we like to think of it as brain surgery).

Often, in both the questions that I write for you as well as the statement itself, I contribute creative ideas that help to make your case for admission much more powerful. Dental school is extremely competitive. It is not enough to suggest that you are hoping to contribute to the diversity of the program; you must demonstrate in especially creative ways how your own unique combination of high motivation and multicultural background makes you uniquely suited to dentistry and that you have enormous potential for meeting the oral health care needs of the planet’s underserved populations.

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I also help applicants with Letters of Recommendation (US$149)

Dear Program Director,

My name is XXXX, DMD and I am the Postdoctoral Director for Periodontics at the XXXX School of Dental Medicine. I am also a former president of the XXXX Dental Association. I have been teaching Dentistry at XXXX for the past 30 years and very seldom have I seen any one learn as quickly and develop such a grasp early on of the interdisciplinary nature of our profession, as Mr. XXXX. Thus, it brings me great pleasure to recommend XXXX for your Accelerated Dental Program at XXXX University.

XXXX served as a resident under my direct supervision and I was so impressed by his enormous capacity and dedication to his patients that I made him our Chief Resident in 2015-2016. He worked closely with me, for example, making schedules for pg -perio. I could not be more confident that Harish has the qualities that it takes to excel in a DDS Program. This is also why I recommended him highly for his current teaching position as an Assistant Professor of Periodontics at the XXXX School of Dentistry.

I first met XXXX when he was my student in Periodontics. It was during his third year, when I made him Chief Resident that I got to know him especially well since I always closely supervise our chief residents. Since that time, I have enjoyed listening to his reports of his teaching experiences as an Assistant Professor. Harish has the knowledge and the clinical skills to become an important leader in dentistry and will prove to be an asset to the doctoral program that selects him.

In addition to considerable intellect and exemplary performances on standardized examinations, Mr. XXXX is a warm, highly articulate and engaging individual who teaches others by example; inclusive and consistent, he exudes curiosity and is keenly motivated to learn new things. On multiple occasions, he has arrived in the clinic with handouts on relevant clinical topics tailored for the rest of our team. He has been described as one of the best chief residents we have ever had by some of our colleagues, which was why he was invited, for example, to give a presentation at the Zimmer Institute. His presentation was outstanding – comprehensive in scope yet efficient in delivery. I also heard all good things about his presentation at the North East Implant Symposium and Tri-school Dental Meeting in New York.

Mr. XXXX is clearly in the top 5% of all Dental students with whom I have worked over the past 30 + years. If you have any additional questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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