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Sample 1st Paragraph Indian Woman Dentist

Graduating from dental school near the top of my class in my native India, I distinguished myself professionally despite the fact that I come from a land still characterized by brutal forms of patriarchal control that are ingrained in the culture, generally making it difficult for girls to do much other than cook and perform household chores. Now that I have become a permanent resident of the USA, I hope very much to be accepted to your distinguished DDS Program; not only because I hope to practice dentistry in America, but also because your program will provide me with the tools to fulfill my ultimate dream, returning to India to establish a mobile dental clinic that serves rural areas.

Sample 1st Paragraph DDS Applicant from India, Access for Women

Priya means ‘beloved’ in Hindi. This is what everyone calls me because my father gave me this nickname as a child. My father was a police officer who taught me to respect the rule of law. I am an Indian and a dentist; but most of all, I am a woman. My mother is my main inspiration in life. A militant for women’s rights, she taught me to change society, not just conform to it—and to do so as a woman. She fights injustices against women, organizing marches and protests. For my part, I just want to make Indian women smile, proudly, especially those who are most poor and live in conservative rural areas. I am deeply concerned about women in remote, underdeveloped areas of my country who have no dental care at all; often, because the only available dentist is a man and conservative Hindu women are not allowed to seek treatment from a male dentist.

Indian Dentist, Mrs. India, Aesthetic Dentistry

I attribute my decision to become a dentist to my profound desire to serve my community, especially the poor and less fortunate among us, the undeserved. Raised by a very loving family dedicated to both scientific advancement and community service, I am compassionate and have always excelled at science, especially everything having to do with Biology. Since adolescence or even before, I have been dedicated to the goal of becoming a healthcare professional. By the time I was in high school, I felt called to a career in dentistry.

I have been an artist since childhood, especially an avid painter of the human face, the proportions of which have long been etched in my mind. This helped me to develop not only a special appreciation for the sheer beauty of the smile, but also helped me to greatly develop my manual dexterity and ability to work in small spaces devoted to intricate detail; this reinforced my conviction that dentistry was my life vocation, my professional destiny.

In dental school, I acquired a comprehensive understanding of the basics of the clinical sciences and came to especially enjoy clinical work, particularly the precision and clinical acumen that is so important to excellence in dentistry. I took part in screening camps for the underserved and was very active in oral health education programs.

I felt especially privileged to have the opportunity to complete my internship in one of the most neglected rural areas of India where the people were in most desperate need of my help and this experience will always be with me, helping to define and give force to my intense desire to devote myself to the oral health care of India’s millions of undeserved. The area in which I did my internship has one of the highest incidences of submucous fibrosis cases in the country, as a result of the very high rates of betel quid consumption and the use of other tobacco-related products. This helped to spur my activism as a fighter against tobacco and betel quid consumption.

After graduation I began serving as an assistant dentist in a well established practice, fully devoting myself to patient assessment and management in addition to assisting in surgery and continuing to learn as much as possible, staying current with advances in dentistry by attending numerous conferences. After 3 years of additional experience, I started my own practice working with patients of all age groups and from vastly different social and economic backgrounds, providing free services to those unable to afford care as much as my finances would allow, particularly free dentures to the residents of a home for senior citizens, IDA Nedumbassery, where I also served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. This profound experience deepened my special appreciation for issues in geriatric dental care.

In addition to staying active as an artist, particularly with my oil paintings, and helping to raise funds for deserving artists in my community, I have also enjoyed modeling and this has enhanced my sensitivity and appreciation for beauty. In 2011, I was awarded the much coveted title of Mrs. India which changed my destiny by making me famous, even more so than had been the case previously as a model with my face selling a broad variety of products in India. Since becoming a celebrity dentist, my sense of responsibility has deepened, as a role model for Indian oral health care professionals of tomorrow, especially women.

Since I was a dental student in India, I have wanted to continue my studies in dentistry in the USA and learn from the masters on the global cutting-edge of our profession. I see technological advancement in dentistry in the USA as unparalleled and especially appreciate America’s leadership role with respect to research. I also became a devoted mother while still quite young; now, my little girl is grown and mature. This makes me all the more hungry to return to school and earn the DDS Degree in America so that I can give my all to dentistry as never before, now that I am finally in a position to do so financially and no longer have family responsibilities. Further training in the US will bring me up to date with state-of-the-art dentistry and enhance my capacity to contribute to research in dentistry, particularly as concerns the underserved in India. The prestige of the DDS Degree will also provide me with greater ability to effect change in oral health policies in India that will improve our ability to care for the oral health of our masses of underserved.

I continue to work at screening camps for the underprivileged sponsored by religious organizations. This year, 2017, I will be finishing my Diploma in Medical Cosmetology and I am highly motivated to put what I am learning to work helping residents of the IDA Nedumbassery nursing home where I continue to provide dentures to help our older citizens not only chew their food but also take pride in their appearance. Earning the DDS in America will enable me to greatly enhance my contribution to oral health care for the elderly who are unable to afford oral health care.

I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished DDS Program. 

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Sample 1st Paragraph for Advanced Standing Admission to Study towards the DDS Degree. Indian

An Indian woman and a dentist, still only 25, I am now making America my new permanent home and I write on behalf of my application to study towards the DDS Degree in your distinguished institution. At the forefront of my identity stands my last name, perhaps the most famous in all India, ‘Gandhi’. I take a great deal of pride in the way in which our leader, spiritual and political, Mahatma Gandhi is known all over the world, as a brave man who challenged great powers on behalf of the poor. Gandhi’s preferential focus on the poor helped to inspire my own cause, to help those with desperate oral health needs, and no money to pay for that assistance. I believe that someone who follows the ethical traditions of Ghandi in today's world would see basic oral health care should be seen as a human right, in India as it already is in many other places. In this way, I honor my distant relative and spiritual leader Mahatma, who helped bring suffrage and enfranchisement to the poor, so that, among other things, they might someday be able to afford oral health care for themselves and their children.

Strategies for Indian Applicants in Dentistry

The international dental community is very much concerned with the way in which huge differences exist with respect to access to oral health care according to the economic status of population groups in India. This is mainly attributed to differences in socioeconomic status. In India, health care is mostly provided by the private sector and in part by the public sector. Treatment for oral diseases is expensive and therefore, many patients are unable to receive any care. Dental safety net is defined as “the facilities, providers, and payment programs that supplement dental care specifically for underserved populations”. Dental safety net providers are public and private nonprofit organisations that provide comprehensive oral health care to children, adults and elderly. Examples of dental safety nets are rural safety net (targeting rural populations) and informal safety net (clinics, private physicians, traditional healers, etc.).

I think the best strategy for the personal statement of a dentist from India who has permanently immigrated to America is to express a desire and hopefully some well thought out plans for helping the underserved in both places, practicing dentistry in both places, with the focus of one’s work in India, in particular, being probono or a charitable, volunteer activity.

Few people know exactly how the selection process works for international dentist programs because it is not public information. At least, all information having to do with ethnic quotas is kept strictly confidential by the school because it is legally sensitive information, they could be sued. I enjoy trying to figure it out, trying to guess, and I think a lot of it is just very logical. Let me tell you several things that I do know for sure.

Diversity is important. The admissions committee wants people from all over the world to attend an international dentists program, with each corner of the planet represented. And, it just seems to make sense to me that they are not going to like the idea of any one group being greatly overrepresented. About 17% of the world’s population is Indian, and for this reason I doubt very much if the percentage of Indian students in any given dentistry program ever exceeds that percentage.

Now, I can tell you just from my own experience that Indians are way overrepresented in the ranks of applicants to International Dentist Programs. I know this because while they are only 17% of the world’s population, at least half of the people who turn to me for help with a statement to an International Dentist program are Indian. This leads me to the conclusion that you are probably going to face the stiffest competition from other Indians.

There is no shortage of dentists in America generally speaking. The USA is not in need of large numbers of Indian dentists to practice here; and the primary focus of the admissions committees is selecting applicants who are going to help the underserved. And where are the underserved? You need to make this part clear. I think you want to make a convincing argument and have creative ideas about helping the underserved both here in America as well as back in India.

It is for this reason that I feel strongly that we need to focus on your long term plans for the underserved. Most people are weak on this point, saying only general and vague things like I want to help people in developing countries. If you want them to accept you, I think it would be a very good idea for you to have more specific and concrete, creative ideas for the long term, and in this way show greater maturity and dedication than your competitors.