Trump orders a review of the program for bringing foreign skilled workers to the U.S.

President Donald Trump has put immigration at the center of the national debate on multiple fronts and this has immediate implications for foreign trained dentists seeking advanced education in dentistry in the USA.

: of course, there’s the roiling politics surrounding a proposed southern border wall, but there’s also contention over the extent to which the country should allow highly skilled foreigners to work here on special visas.

The H-1B visa program, created in 1990 to give foreign workers with specialized skills temporary authorization to work in the U.S., has come under fire of late, as some say lax standards permit companies to import foreign workers to do jobs Americans could do at lower wages – others go so far as to cite foreign dentists as possible security risks.

This month, Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American" executive order calling on federal officials to “suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled petition beneficiaries. Trade agreements are also under review in an attempt to prioritize. U.S. products and workers. In Minnesota, for example, the number of applications by companies to bring foreign workers into the state has been on the rise in recent years, from around 15,000 workers requested in 2011 to more than 21,000 in 2015.

Dental School and Practice in the U.S. for International Dentists

Before, during & after applying to an International Dentist Program

Sample 1st Paragraph for International Dentist Program

There will be many applicants to your competitive program that have more experience practicing dentistry than I do. Nevertheless, I hope to be selected based on my intense dedication and drive for dentistry and the prevention as well as cure of oral health disease. I have not really had the opportunity to gain much experience because I only finished dental school in my native India in April of 2015. That following month, I was engaged; and moved to the US in July of 2016. I took my NBDE Part 1in December of 2016 and while I was waiting for my results I worked at a dentists' office close to home for one full month as a surgical assistant. After I was notified that I passed, I stopped working so as to devote myself full time to preparation for the NBDE Part 2, which I passed last month, May of 2017. I'm now looking for shadowing opportunities, taking several courses for certification, and have already completed the BLS-CPR Program. 

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Indian Dentist DDS Program Personal Statement Sample, US Army

A dentist from India, I have been making a new life for myself in America since 2013. Since March of last year, 2014, I have been working as a Registered Dental Assistant at XXXX, a clinic near where I live in Houston, Texas. I have fallen totally in love with the practice of dentistry in America. It brings me such joy that I am anxious to get to the clinic early each day to begin. I have learned a great deal about some of the most advanced procedures in our clinic that will help me to excel in your DDS Program and empower me towards a long career, giving my all to my patients and increasingly making my personal contribution to the underserved, first in the USA and later in my native India which is in such great need.

My duties at XXXX include maintaining accurate and timely records of test results and applying standard quality control procedures to assure the accuracy of test results, regulating sterilization and asepsis protocols, managing and ordering materials, and keeping records for state inspection and various laboratory works. I especially enjoy operating, calibrating and perform routine maintenance on specialized equipment. I maintain our supply inventory, organize files and records, and prepare solutions and stains for prescribed tests and I also greet patients, set up the operatory, take and develop radiographs, and assisting the dentist with a broad variety of treatment procedures. In addition to my full-time position as a Dental Assistant, since May of 2015 I have also been working as a research technician at the XXXX Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics, part of the UTH School of Dentistry complex. This has also enabled me to learn about important aspects of dentistry that will be useful for the long term, especially back in India, which confronts major challenges in the area of waste disposal.

Very much in love with America, I am seriously considering joining the US Army as a practicing dentist after completing my DDS or DMD program, for at least several years, allowing me to give something back to my newly adopted country that has taken me in. I also see this as excellent preparation for a lifetime of professional service to my community at the local level here in America. Serving in the military would allow me to care for the oral health needs of a critical sector of our population, those giving their lives for our country; I cannot think of anyone more deserving of dental care. In addition, the US Army is disproportionately ethnic-minority men and women, African-American, Latino, Asian, African, etc., and it would be a special privilege to gain additional experience with such a vast diversity of patients. Finally, dentistry in the US Army is very high tech, using the latest in equipment and procedures, helping me to continue to advance and stay at the forefront of rapid developments in dentistry and continue to broaden my professional horizons. My long term plan is to practice as an academic dentist. This will allow me to advance my research skills and always stay completely up to date with the very latest developments in Dentistry.

I take great pride in the fact that I have always stepped forward to serve my community and took an active if not leadership role in numerous dental camps while in dental school. Since my arrival in America I have also been working very hard as a volunteer for a number of good causes related to oral health. I continue to strengthen my leadership and communication skills – ever more adept at fostering teamwork among my colleagues. My professional experience as a dental assistant and a research technician at the Biomaterials Laboratory have helped me to fully acclimate to America; now I am convinced that I am ready to hit the ground running in your DDS/DMD program.

By regularly attending and participating in conferences and seminars in a variety of dental areas, I have consistently labored to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in dental research and technology. I have groomed and disciplined myself to be pragmatic as well as caring, making a very conscious effort to constantly enhance my capacity for self-criticism and improvement with a very strong determination to succeed in dentistry in the USA.

I am especially interested in research related to the optical properties of dental materials. My other areas of special engagement with the literature are oral cancer and periodontitis. My volunteer work here in Houston also stands at the center of my world. In addition to serving as a Dental Assistant at events organized by the XXXX Medical Center, for the past 16 months I have also been volunteering at the Cardiac Care Unit of a local medical center. I never miss an AIDS Walk, an Oral Cancer Awareness Walk, or fail to participate in a Give Kids a Smile event at the UXX School of Dentistry.

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