Pediatric Dentist Residency Application Personal Statement Sample

Since entering dental training, it has been my intention to pursue Pediatric Dentistry and this ambition was increasingly confirmed as my training and career has progressed. I sought as much exposure to the specialty as possible carefully observing the techniques applied and characteristics displayed by professionals in the specialty. I was hospitalized in my early teens for a significant period and witnessed the positive effects that caring, empathetic medical staff had on seriously ill child patients.  It is clear that Pediatric Dentistry calls for special characteristics, in addition to high levels of specialist skill and knowledge: endless patience, profound empathy, a practiced ability to inspire trust and confidence and, most importantly, a genuine and deep affection for children. I would not be making this application if I were not convinced that I possess these characteristics.

I began working with children as a volunteer, helping to organize and manage Special Olympics events while I was still a high school student; and have continued to work with children over the years collaborating with a variety of projects with a focus on young people and oral health care. In my last year of Dental school, I applied for a Pediatric Dental Residency position in hopes of fulfilling my special dream right away, working with the demographic that keeps me smiling. I was not selected. I did MATCH, however, when I applied to AEGD residencies and was overjoyed to be selected for service in a Public Health Clinic where I fell head over heels in love with Public Health Dentistry. My professional focus is now firmly focused not just on children, but children of scarce resources. This position gave me the invaluable opportunity to hone my skills and gain confidence in all aspects of Dentistry in preparation for outstanding excellence in Pediatrics.

The clinical experience of my AEGD Residency, complete with lectures and a variety of additional training courses, helped me to become proficient in Endodontics, Periodontics, Pediatrics, Prosthodontics, practice management, and evidence-based dentistry generally speaking. I also have a long history – even prior to entering dental school - of shadowing dentists and assisting them to the extent to which I was able. My favourite experience prior to dental school was assisting at the XXXX County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN) in the Children’s Dental Clinic. It was a long drive but I enjoyed it immensely both ways: the anticipation while on my way, and savouring the memory of the day during my drive home. Nothing had yet brought me as such joy as my interactions with these children, helping to calm them down and explaining the procedures to them.

I have been involved in child related volunteer activity since 2007 and since 2014 this has taken the form of providing dental and oral health education to children and providing pro-bono treatment to underserved children. I was raised to believe that charitable endeavor is an obligation rather than a choice and I could not be happier to help children who might otherwise have gone untreated or suffered from further delays in treatment. My focus on children has helped me to better appreciate the critical importance of early education in the adoption of effective dental and oral hygiene regimes. I look forward to a lifetime of ‘spreading the word’ as widely and as early as possible to children and those who care for them.

 My AEGD training was undertaken under the mentorship of highly trained, caring and skilled professionals and involved a full year serving in a clinic that attended to an ethnically diverse and underserved population. The program also involved research projects and emphasized the making of decisions on the basis of a thoroughgoing analysis of all available evidence. This experience gave me the opportunity to develop the advanced diagnostic and treatment-planning skills that are so vital in dentistry and which I constantly seek to hone. I very much look forward to again having broad exposure to research as a result of a dynamic, state-of-the-art residency experience as part of your team in Pediatric Dentistry.

Since 2012, I have been serving as a Pediatric Dental Specialist alongside XXXX DDS, serving as her right hand and learning all that I can from one of the finest Pediatric Dentists around. After 5 years at her side, I am well versed in almost all of the details of running a successful Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. In addition to my work alongside Dr. XXXX, while still in Dental School, I met another Pediatric dentist, Dr. XXXX, who has allowed me to shadow and assist her for the past several years as well. From Dr. XXXX, I have gained a lot of exposure to a variety of techniques for treating children, including sedation. One of my two public health rotations during Dental School also happened to be with a doctor who sees primarily children. Treating children, I always end the day with a smile on my face. After completing your program and gaining additional experience on the cutting-edge, I hope to open my own clinic as a Pediatric Dentist and ‘make a difference’ with every child I see.

Pediatric Endodontics Residency Program, Indian Dentist, Detroit

The University of XXXX School of Dentistry is my first choice among residency programs in Endodontics because my special interest is in Pediatric Endodontics and I very much admire the fact that XXXX receives large numbers of pediatric patients compared to other Endodontic programs. Since I aspire to distinguish myself in terms of research as well as practice, XXXX would be perfect for that purpose as well.

I appreciate the rotary system employed at Detroit Mercy and the way that it encourages independent thinking and learning. they would like to use and thus encouraging an independent pattern of thinking and learning.

I first made the decision to seek advanced training in Endodontics when I was serving as an Associate Dentist in my native India, not long after finishing dental school in my country. When our associate who had been performing endodontic treatments left the clinic, I took her place. At first, I was nervous, but with each new patient to which I administered an endodontic procedure, my confidence grew along with my growing passion for this area of dentistry. Soon, I had fallen in love with the challenge of looking for extra canals, negotiating through calcified canals and successfully completing challenging cases.

One prominent reason why Endodontics has become the center of my world has been the fact that those who need an endodontics procedure often come in excruciating pain. I find their gratitude to be the sweetest possible reward. Nothing excites me more or leaves me feeling more fulfilled than alleviating pain in sustainable ways, freeing my patients from acute pain and saving their teeth at the same time. Eager to gain as much expertise in Endodontics as possible, I also assisted the visiting endodontist in India in surgical cases and complicated non-surgical cases. Concurrently, I attended a six-month general practice residency program that gave me one-on-one training with the endodontic faculty to further improve my skill. I was able to perform 250+ RCTs including primary teeth and retreatments. After four years of clinical practice in India, I moved to the United States.

When I entered the Advanced Standing DDS program at XXXX University, it seemed that the more I found out about endodontics, the more there was to learn. I especially appreciate the support of my mentor Dr. XXXX, Chair of the Endodontics Department at XXXX. As a result of his leadership, I was able to listen to diverse guest lectures given by renowned endodontists. Under Dr. Smith’s guidance, I had the privilege of assisting with a retreatment case. I also discovered exciting technological advantages, like microscopes, which would allow me to more perfectly perform endodontic treatments.  For the first time, perfection seemed within my reach and I gave it my all.

Another highlight of my time at XXXX was performing patient case reviews under the guidance of Associate Professor of Endodontics Dr. XXXX. In addition to his lectures filled with pearls of wisdom gleaned from decades of practice, he also helped me develop in Endodontics by encouraging me to share my own experiences as a dentist in India and most of all, showing me how to most successfully build on those experiences. My in-depth exposure to Endodontics at Howard very much reaffirmed my dedication to cultivating a lifetime specialization in this area.

For the past 2 years since graduation I have continued to learn from the pioneers, as part of the online community in Endodontics, AAE, Endolit, and I have been taking CE courses from the AAE Live Learning Center. as well as participating at the annual meetings of the AAE in 2017 & 2018.

I am also enrolled in pre-specialty Endodontic training at the University at Buffalo, studying everything from pulp biology to surgery. I hope to complete my didactic curriculum which will prepare me for my endodontic residency, so that I can hit the ground running in the program, with respect to both clinicals and research. When I attended the annual session of the American Association of Endodontists, last month, every lecture revealed important nuances that stayed with me, and I think about them with great frequency, hungry for the prospect of being able to learn more and more from teachers on the cutting edge, becoming an integrated part of the Endodontics community, all of us harnessing our energy together for the achievement of best possible outcomes for our patients. Endodontics represents first and foremost for me, a way to bring healing to patients, but I also seek a lifelong engagement with research and would be most honored to teach as well, at some point in my career.

I do not want to merely perform root canals with the limited capabilities of a general dentist; I want to become an endodontist who can take full advantage of technological advances, using her knowledge to perform crucial microsurgeries, always seeking to further maximize patient outcome. 

I thank you for considering my application.

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Sample 1st Paragraph for Residency Personal Statement in Pediatric Dentistry

I hope to be accepted to your distinguished Masters and Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry next year, in 2018, so that I might have the opportunity to give my all to the practice of dentistry with the little ones, the dental specialty that I feel as if I have been preparing for a lifetime. Proud to be a member of the Dental School class of 2018, graduating next year from the University of XXXX, I am anxious to get started putting to good use what I have been learning, especially about Pediatric Dentistry.

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