Pediatric Dental Residency, Cheerful Taiwanese

I hope very much to be admitted to a residency program where I will have the privilege of specializing in pediatric dentistry. I have now been working as a doctor of dental medicine for almost 6 years. Pediatric dentistry is my special passion - where my heart lies. Throughout the course of my education and professional experience, I have become quite familiar with many dental procedures including biopsies, implants, bone grafts, orthognathic surgeries, and orthodontics. I find the pinnacle of my professional satisfaction in my interactions with those patients who are children. My extensive experience as a volunteer has also provided me with greater insight into my field, and more extensive experience.

In addition to technical competence, I see patience, a gentle demeanor and hand, and a very solid grasp of pain management as the quintessential elements of being successful in pediatric dentistry. The first experience of a young patient in the dentist’s chair will shape their opinion of dentists for a lifetime. It is up to me to make sure that this first experience is a pleasant one, and show them that a dentist is someone that can be trusted, a friend, and a person that truly cares for them. My easy-going and most cheerful nature goes a long way to sooth the nerves of my patients, especially the children. My Taiwanese background also seems to help putting members of minority groups at ease. I relish being the smiling, happy Chinaman.

 I have special respect for the importance of being active in one’s community. For the last seven years, I have given countless hours to Special Olympics Special Smiles and the Oral Cancer Partnership, as well as volunteering at a free health clinic. I never tire of exploring the many ways that prevention is better than cure, and I'm proud of my contribution to screening and educating patients. I stay abreast of the latest developments in the dental industry by regular study of the literature, as well as attending the World Dental Congress, an event I consider to be a permanent part of my continuing education, having attended every year since 2001. Connecting with other dentists and interacting with exhibitors helps me to stay current.

Currently, I am working with two different pediatric dentists, putting the fundamentals that I have learned to practical use. I have also learned how to manage a dental office including the business aspects, as well as finely honing my clinical and diagnostic skills. I bring everything that I am to the field and I assure you that I will give my all to your distinguished institution, sharing in the creation of foundations with patients that will last a lifetime.


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I really like the way that this applicant makes being Chinese or Taiwanese and tying it in with his sense of humor. This is well done and the kind of thing that attracts admissions committees members.