Periodontics Residency, Saudi Arabian Applicant

A very hard-working Saudi Arabian dentist, I have learned to artfully balance my full-time devotion to dentistry with my family. I am a master of time management and multitasking, I am a young woman whose first professional love is Periodontology. My fullest professional aspiration is to teach in this area in addition to practice. Thus, it is my hope to receive some of the finest training in the world in Periodontology as a result of being accepted to and completing a Residency Program in Periodontics.

I have always believed that a beautiful smile makes a person more attractive and confident, making an optimal first impression. Before beginning dental school, I had a passion about beauty and about improving people’s lives in sustainable ways. For me, Dentistry fulfills both of those drives. I finished dental school in Saudi Arabia two years ago and was most proud to do so ranking 8th in my class. Since shortly after beginning dental school, I have focused on Periodontology as the area in which I hope to pursue advanced training. Particularly after my first two years of dental school, I got to know enough about a variety of areas of specialization in dentistry to feel fully confident that Periodontology was the correct choice for me. By my fifth year, I was treating patients under the supervision of a resident dentist with advanced training in Periodontology. One particular patient that required a large number of surgical procedures remains in my mind to this day. I began to better understand the theoretical as well as clinical aspects of our field; and attend to more and more surgeries, also spending a great deal of time watching videos online. I came to appreciate the equal importance of periodontium and dentation.

In my internship, I was able to focus mostly on Implantology, which I was unable to do in dental school and I fell in love with all aspects of implants. My 4 months of rotations in a variety of implant clinics in different hospitals were some of the best times of my life, along with going to regular workshops for a variety of aspects of implant techniques and resources.  By the end of this experience I was convinced that I wanted to give my professional life mostly to Implantology. About this time in my career, I so loved being a student that I began to dream of teaching someday. On a few occasions, I went to schools to talk about my specialty and how much it could change people's lives for the better, providing instructions concerning dental care and how to avoid dental problems. I have always been a person who loved to discover things and learn more and more and this has led me to participate in many research projects, for the last couple of years, most of my research efforts have been in the area of Periodontics. I want to devote my life to helping patients to have a higher quality of life as result of their treatment. I also seek a lifetime of intense community engagement and support as an oral health professional. I keenly look forward to participating in public health campaigns and I want to contribute to raising awareness about the importance of periodontics. I feel strongly that my 6 years of formal academic training in dentistry will enable me to hit the ground running in your program and excel. I thank you for considering my application.

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My journey: specialising in periodontology: Reena Wadia

Periodontics: NYU Dentistry Advanced Education Program

Indian Periodontics Professor Applying for International Dentist Program

Almost as soon as I entered dental school in my native India, I began developing a special interest in and a great passion for Periodontics. As much as I could, especially following my graduation, I have focused my special efforts in this area of dentistry in particular. My efforts have been rewarded by the fact that I am now teaching Periodontics as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the XXXX School of Dental Medicine. It is a great honor to serve in this capacity and it is my sincere hope to it will help result in my being selected to attend and complete your distinguished DDS/DMD program. I hope to complete my education in dentistry here in America by earning a world-class doctoral degree on the cutting edge of dentistry. 

Completing the Postdoctoral MS Degree Program in Periodontics at XXXX (2013 – 2016) was the crowning achievement in my life so far, coupled to the joy of teaching Periodontics. Now, I seek to add to this accomplishment the completion of the doctoral degree in Dentistry as well, here in the USA, where I am making a new home and look forward to many decades to come practicing dentistry.

Prior to beginning my MS Program at XXXX, I studied full time for two years (2011- 2013) in a Postdoctoral Program in Oral Medicine at the XXXX Dental School in Newark, where I completed a Graduate Research Project on “Screening for Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes in a Dental Setting” with a special focus on the added benefits of Hs-CRP as compared to FRS. These experiences helped me to distinguish myself at Rutgers as testified to by the fact that I am now teaching in the program. I have also completed a Preceptorship in Oral Implantology & Reconstructive Dentistry at Smile USA, working alongside my mentor Dr. XXXX, DDS, at the Center for Reconstructive Dentistry in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In addition, I have had advanced training in sinus augmentation, and completed courses in Soft Tissue as well as critical Soft Tissue Techniques in Esthetic & Implant Dentistry, all with Dr. XXXX.

I have studied hard and given my all day after day in the treatment of our patients in the clinic. The special expertise in and passion for Periodontics will help me to excel in your doctoral program in dentistry and help me to make meaningful and significant contributions to the many discussions that I look forward to having with peers and colleagues in your program. I look forward to a long lifetime contributing to the profession through meaningful research, striving to come as close to perfection as I can clinically speaking; and giving back to the community in abundance.

The opportunity to be involved in significant scientific research at XXXX has enabled me to better understand how to design and execute a research project that yields solid results. Here at XXXX, I conducted a study involving Screening for Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes in a Dental Setting (Added Benefits of Hs-CRP to FRS). I completed the entire project almost independently, from writing the Grant to presenting the study after completion. I am currently collaborating with Dr. XXXX, analyzing Hs-crp and its association with coronary disease after phase 1 periodontal therapy (comparing the levels of HS-crp and A1c levels before phase 1 therapy and after completing phase 1 therapy). I now like to think of myself as highly skilled at writing grant proposals, drafting and carrying out a project protocol, analyzing and interpreting data, conducting an extensive literature review and writing up and presenting a study. I am also contributing to the literature by publishing case studies (periosteal pouch/alternative to membrane for bone augmentation) and systemic review papers (growth factors and periimplantitis) - currently under review by the publisher.

My scores have always stood at the top of my class and I have done well on the national boards. My clinical skills have greatly advanced since coming to America and I find it enormously exciting and fulfilling to apply what I have been learning in the treatment of my patients, particularly with respect to the alleviation of pain.

In my family, I was taught to honor our philosophy of service and each year while I was growing up we spent time together participating in various social service projects, generally providing food, beds and shelter to vulnerable and underserved people. Thus, continuing to do this as a dental student in India came most naturally. Here in the USA, it was a special honor to be chosen as the Chief Resident and Community Service Coordinator for my class.

I look forward to always learning as much as I can whenever I have the opportunity: techniques, approaches and best practices, using what I learn to benefit others and continuing to develop my leadership skills, especially in the area of Periodontics. I intend to serve my local community in private practice and always continue my engagement with the community as a volunteer. I look forward to learning a great deal from my peers as well as my mentors in your distinguished doctoral program in dentistry and I thank you for your consideration of my application.

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