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.

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.

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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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.