Sample 1st Paragraph: Orthodontics Advanced Training

No one I know gets more job satisfaction than I do. A dentist makes an often immediate and sometimes dramatic difference in people’s lives and I love doing so. I genuinely delight in turning agonized groans into sighs of relief or in saving teeth and the smile that goes with them.  However, while all my work has been useful and satisfying to a degree, the orthodontic work that I have undertaken is by far the most satisfying because of the profound difference that it often makes to patient’s self-esteem and thus their prospects in life.  My ambition now is to acquire the advanced skills and knowledge to enable me to become an expert and specialist orthodontist.

Indian Woman Dentist, Orthodontics Advanced Training Program, Residency

I was always interested in science at school but had no clear career goal. This situation changed when, at sixteen, I underwent orthodontic treatment. The results of the treatment were greatly enhanced self-esteem and an increase in confidence that was literally life-changing. I decided to apply my love of science to dentistry.

I have a well-developed esthetic sense which, combined with a love of science, makes dentistry an excellent career choice. It is my hope, ultimately to become an orthodontist and teacher. I am excited to be in a profession in which advances in techniques, materials and equipment are being made so rapidly. As my studies progressed, I became aware that an excellent dentist did not merely alleviate pain and improve appearance, but enhanced general health, provided dietary choice and improved the ability to communicate clearly. I doubt that many people have found the satisfaction in their work that I have done.

During my residency at dental school, I founded a volunteer group called ‘Helping Hands’. We worked in deprived rural areas and public schools running health camps providing emergency and basic oral healthcare. We also provided basic education in oral and dental health. I started the group because, in the small town in India where I was raised, dental care was scarce and most people suffered poor dental health not realizing its importance or simply being unable to afford treatment. Witnessing grimaces of pain turn into smiles of relief provided our team with enormous satisfaction.

After graduation, I worked as a general dentist for two years in my hometown. There is no dental insurance in India and so, one additional necessary skill that I learned was to provide the best possible treatment within the financial limits of the patient. I was exposed to a wide variety of patients and conditions and became a confident and effective practitioner. I was especially able in soothing the child or nervous patient. I took care to ensure that each patient was treated as an individual worthy of my interest and respect rather than a file and a set of plates. I also learned to remain calm under the pressure of providing emergency treatments, liaise with other dentists and specialists as appropriate and to manage my time effectively for the benefit of the practice and patients. The feedback from patients, and my interaction with them, was always positive and satisfying and totally confirmed me in my choice of dentistry as a career.

When I married, I left my practice and accompanied my husband to the US. To acquaint myself with the local professional dental environment and to keep abreast of current developments, I have been shadowing dentists, participating in dental conferences and undertaking dental related volunteer activity. I have been an active volunteer for three years with ‘More Smiles Wisconsin’ (MSW), a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to quality dental care to the underserved.

Assisting so many caring volunteer dentists has been inspirational and it has also been extremely instructive to see a large number of practitioners at work using advanced materials and technology generally unavailable in India and also comparing their different techniques. I have had the opportunity to interact with volunteers and patients of many social and cultural backgrounds and have been personally enriched by it and have made many friends. I also initiated an Oral Health Education Committee at MSW with the aim of raising funds, providing dental awareness programs and conducting oral screening at oral health education camps and helping the underserved to source dental treatment. MSW was founded by two dentists who had one chair in a Salvation Army building and has developed into a significant charitable provider of treatment and education and I am full of admiration for its founders and workers.

I was distressed sometimes to discover that patients were unable to attend work because of dental pain while being unable to afford it, a loss to patient, employer and society. I have also been involved with patients who need major surgery which had to be postponed indefinitely because of poor dental or oral health because of the fear of resultant infections. I became aware that less than 50% of people in the US have dental insurance which is a clear indicator of the lack of awareness of the close relationship between oral/dental health and general health. Once qualified to practice here, it is my firm intention volunteer as a dentist with MSW and to help them to educate the population, especially those who are financially challenged of the importance of dental and oral health to their well-being. I also hope to provide some subsidized treatments to needy patients in my practice and, ultimately in a non-profit organization of my own.

My goals are: to build on my training and experience to become an excellent dentist and to provide quality care irrespective of socio-economic status; to spread awareness of the necessity to maintain good oral and dental health and, ultimately to specialize in orthodontics.

Thank you for considering my application.

Example of a Personal Statement for Advanced Training in Orthodontics, Saudi Woman Dentist

I consider myself to be a competent professional. I am very happy to be the member of a profession in which so many advances in techniques and materials are being achieved for the benefit of so many and I look forward to learning and applying the most advanced techniques available. I understand that not every dentist who appreciates the value of orthodontics, my specialty of choice, is equipped to specialize and that uncommon skills and characteristics are required to practice it but I do believe that I have the potential to become a first-class practitioner. I enjoy the treatment planning process and am meticulous in pre-treatment preparation, I readily co-operate with others to achieve a common goal, I consider myself to be an original and creative person with an appreciation of esthetics and I believe that my empathy and patient-centered approach together with an ability to communicate well, will provides a firm basis to excel in the specialty.

I am very interested in undertaking research and have been involved in as much research as possible during and since my internship. I have already contributed to one piece of published research ‘Awareness and Acceptance of Dental Therapists Among Dentists: A Cross-sectional Study Among Dentists in XXXX’ and am now working on research relating to restorative dentistry which is currently in the publication process and entitled: ‘Assessment of Adaptation of Two Types of Dental Adhesives and Composites Using Cross Polymerization Optical Coherence Tomography’.  I believe that the characteristics called for in an excellent orthodontist overlap considerably with those called for in undertaking effective research. I am confident that I have the potential to conduct much effective research and greatly look forward to doing so.

I am aware that many more cultures are represented in the US than in Saudi Arabia and, consequently, that cultural sensitivity and awareness are particularly vital to a medical professional in the US. I am fairly widely-travelled and I enjoy being exposed to varied cultures and learning about their histories and traditions and sharing knowledge of my own heritage. I particularly enjoy trying the foods of different cultures.  I am a friendly, outgoing person with a well-developed sense of humor and am fully fluent in English. I took part in many, varied extra-curricular activities during my training which has provided useful experience in working as an effective team member and, in team leading and building which enables me to work well in a professional team environment.

Unusually for a child, I was quite enthusiastic about visiting the dentist because mine was so kind, patient and friendly. From an early age, I wanted to emulate her and so made the decision to pursue dentistry. It is a decision that I have never regretted, seeing grimaces of pain turn into smiles of relief and gratitude provides the level of satisfaction that few other professions could provide.

I qualified in 2016 with a creditable GPA of 4.4/5 and completed an internship program in Saudi Arabia in mid-2017 and have been working in general practice since that time. This background has provided me with comprehensive exposure to general dentistry. I now seek to qualify to practice in the US and then to pursue specialist studies in orthodontics which has become a passion since seeing the dramatic and life-enhancing results that excellent specialists can provide. Ultimately, my aim is to become a world-class specialist practicing, researching and teaching in the specialty and in assisting in the provision of widespread and effective preventative education in dental and oral health in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

I have been involved in providing preventative education in oral and dental health in Saudi Arabia which is one of my major interests. An increasing incidence in caries is a feature of Saudi dental health caused by increasing consumption of refined sugars which also contributes significantly to obesity and diabetes. I want to be part of the solution to this problem and see the key as being education at the very earliest possible ages, close parental involvement and regular reinforcement of the message that diet and dental health regimes can greatly enhance general health.

I have been the beneficiary of excellent training and facilities and have treated patients of all ages presenting with a wide range of conditions under skilled and caring mentors. During my undergraduate studies, I sought as much exposure to esthetic dentistry as possible and was able to assist in many challenging cases involving esthetics and enhancement of function and this provided exceptional satisfaction. My passion for orthodontic work was truly fired when assisting in the treatment of a girl in her late teens who was extremely distressed because of the unsightly appearance of her anterior teeth and confided that she had little confidence and totally avoided social gatherings. When her treatment was complete, her appearance was dramatically improved and her confidence restored. She became engaged shortly afterwards and I was privileged to be invited to her wedding.

I can assure the reader that I shall apply myself with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm to the program in order to excel, rather than merely succeed within it.

Thank you for considering my application.

Pathway to orthodontics.

Sample 1st Paragraph Masters Orthodontics, Indian Applicant

I hope to be selected to your competitive residency program in Orthodontics on the basis of the fact that I already hold a Master’s Degree in Orthondontics from my native India coupled with the fact that I am also nearing completion of my MHA Degree here in America. Thus, after completing your program, I will be in a unique position in the future to advance the cause of access to Orthodontic care in India as well as America, with orthodontic care ultimately benefiting in each country from the unique advancements made in the other.

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