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Indian DDS Application, Shadowing a Prosthodontist in Philadelphia

Since finishing dental school in my native India earlier this year, 2016, I have been researching ways to continue to advance my career academically, along with acquiring additional clinical experience. As a dental student I worked extremely hard at helping to organize dental camps with screenings and treatment in rural areas, along with my friends from dental school. We held diagnostic camps and oral prophylaxis camps in government-sponsored schools for poor children, health camps, anti-tobacco drives etc. During my internship with the Department of Public Dentistry, I assisted my Principal Dr. XXXXX and the Director of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. XXXX, in their noble initiative of adopting a village: Nemmani. We took care of all the villagers oral health care needs at no charge and conducted awareness programs, so as to better educate the general population concerning the right techniques for brushing. Since graduation one year ago, I have been working in a clinic.

My long term objectives include establishing a dental clinic in India that caters to the needs of poor working people, making my clinic a pilot experiment that seeks to become sustainable at the same time that we attend to virtually everyone who walks through the door. The first pilot clinic will be located strategically so as to be accessible to large rural areas of the country that lack oral health care resources. Earning the DDS Degree will help me to realize this goal in many ways, becoming a fully international dentist with the terminal degree in my field from the USA, the cutting edge of dentistry will provide me with the tools and professional maturity worth of the respect that I will be accorded, particularly as a oral health soldier militating in my country on behalf of the underserved.

Playing with dummy stethoscopes and plastic, surgical knives, I have wanted to become a health care professional virtually for as long as I can remember. By early adolescence, I wanted to be a surgeon, and by the time that I was in High School I knew that I would choose and give my all to the most challenging surgery of all, oral surgery. I began to see patients in my 3rd year of dentistry on my clinical rotations in 3rd year. It was in my third year that I became witness to children in need of oral surgery and/or another treatment that were denied that treatment because they did not have the money to pay for the treatment, long lines of people waiting for charitable funding to be found, for themselves and their little ones. At his point my destiny became quite clear to me for the first time.

I took part in several diagnostic as well as restoration camps, along with prophylaxis camps in several schools and old age homes. I co-authored a review paper that was published in FDI, an international journal, "Implants: always a success?" I helped to spearhead my Prime Minister's ambitious "Swatch Bharath Abhiyan" (a pan-India cleanliness drive) in my community near my dental college. I led a large group of of dental interns to clean up polluted areas in and around the college. We also educated as many people as we could about the importance of hygiene.

I also took part in several blood donation campaigns and volunteered for the 'pink ribbon walk', a breast cancer awareness run. Perhaps the greatest single highlight of my career was visiting the US and staying there for 5 months on a business visa, seeing and studying the country and completing an observership with Dr. XXXX, a renowned Prosthodontist based in Philadelphia. For the past several months I have continued to learn each day, working for one of my former professors in his dental clinic.

My finest moments have included assisting my professors in the treatment of trauma victims, helping my Prosthodontics professor with a research project, and being listed as co-author of another paper that was published in an international journal. A 1-month observership under XXXX at Prosthodontics Ltd., in Philadelphia, taught me more than I could imagine especially valuable was what I learned concerning sterilization protocol in the USA. During my internship I volunteered to work part time alongside XXXX XXXX, my mentor in Periodontics. Later, he would hire me as a clinical dental surgeon in his clinic, as soon as I graduated. I still work in his clinic.

In addition to continuing to publish in the area of implants, I also look forward to doing research concerning pre-cancerous lesions, as well as a professional lifetime of devotion to the cause of raising public oral health awareness. The major challenge in India is to surmount the ignorance of people concerning oral health, especially in rural areas.

I have also studied music intensively and I sing Indian Classical Music, sometimes to my patients, especially the little ones as it helps to calm them down and distract them from the procedures. For many years, I have taught school on Sundays to children that cannot afford to go to school. Many, as young as six or seven years old, work long hours doing whatever they can to survive through the week.

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

Personal Statement Sample 1st Paragraph Indian Applicant for DDS Program with MDS Degree in Prosthodontics

After graduating from the dental school in 2005, I decided to pursue a Master of Dental Surgery (M.D.S) in Prosthodontics in India and qualified in June 2011. My training was extremely comprehensive, providing many research opportunities. I supplemented my formal training by attendance at as many seminars and workshops as possible, while also giving presentations and publishing the fruits of my own research. I also completed a Fellowship in oral implants during my Master’s program to enhance my prosthodontic skills.

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Indian Dentist Earnng MPH Degree with Experience in Africa

I realize that there are many Indian dentists applying for DDS Degree International Dentist Programs in the USA. Many, like myself, have significant experience practicing dentistry in India before immigrating to America. Most, I assume, have also struggled to prepare themselves to be selected to your program by engaging with dentistry here in the USA to the extent to which they have had the opportunity to do so - as I have done. In my case, however, I hope to be selected also on the basis of the fact that I have extensive experience in Africa that has been fundamental to the development of my professional identity and my quest to help the underserved. I spent 2 of my most formative years in Tanzania which left an indelible impression on my sense of professional identity as a dentist. I dream of returning to Africa after earning my DDS Degree and engaging professionally with Tanzania in particular and Africa generally speaking. This is an integral part of my personal professional vision, helping the underserved in some of the most underdeveloped parts of the Third World.

Because of my recent and extensive clinical experience in dentistry, I am convinced that I will be able to hit the ground running in your program. Most recently, I have participated in several clinical research projects at the University of North Texas Health Science Center where I have also recently earned the MPH Degree. My records demonstrate that I am hardworking, dedicated, focused, amiable, and an especially good team player. If selected for your DDS/DMD Program, I will give 100% to honor the mission.

My central goal is to go contribute to the well-being of the underserved in Africa, generally speaking, and in Tanzania in particular. I lived in Tanzania for 2 years as an adolescent accompanying my father who was serving as a physician. When I was not in school, I often accompanied him on his rounds. This experience shaped my life that would follow, both in terms of my love for health care as well as my love for Africa where there is a great shortage of dental professionals.

I keenly look forward to participation in the development of preventive treatments including sealant application, temporary restoration of teeth using GIC cement, extractions, and hand scaling. I pay close attention to ways in which multiple treatments can take place on the same day, collaborating with other dental professionals to expedite treatment plans for the large groups of patients who come to dental camps in Africa when they are available. I hope to spend a big chunk of my time in the future visiting school and community centers in Africa, educating all age groups concerning the health of the oral cavity, bringing teeth models and teaching brushing techniques. My concern with the underserved is also not limited to Africa. I was also impressed by the great needs that exist closer to home as a participant in free dental camps here in the US, noting how low-income people drove many hundreds of miles for the treatment.

While poverty is widespread in our native India, as I accompanied my father to medical check-up camps, I saw a vast difference between people in Tanzania vs. those in India. The illiteracy rate was much higher in Tanzania and people were even less aware of the issues and even less able to afford treatment. I closely observed dentists who worked alongside my doctor father and could not have been more impressed with their heroic achievements against all odds. It was here where I first felt my calling to dentistry. 

I look forward to several additional years of full time practice of general dentistry after earning my DDS/DMD, after which I plan to develop a specialization in Prosthodontics. I look forward to playing a part in fostering preventive care and engaging in innovative research for caries management that would positively affect various populations. I look forward to working with the various non-governmental organizations and missions of mercy in a bid to make dental care accessible to greater numbers of the underprivileged. My long-term career goal is to end up in the academic world, passing on the cutting-edge of dentistry to following generations.

I imagine myself at some point down the road as a academician in the field of Prosthodontics. I seek to always maintain a special fluency and currency concerning the technological aspect of our field and I especially look forward to training dentists for implant surgery under general anesthesia. My involvement in several clinical research projects at the University of North Texas Health Science Center as part of my MPH Program have helped me to make vast strides in my research skills and to advance enormously as a creative and interdisciplinary thinker in dentistry.

I would be most grateful for this opportunity to prove myself to your program and I thank you for considering my application to this competitive position.

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Personal Statement Example DDS, DMD, Egyptian Prosthodontist, Experience in Saudi Arabia

One great advantage of wanting to do something with an obscure job title is that questions are often posed such as: ‘What IS a prosthodontist?’ and when I give an outline answer, they often go on to say, ‘… and why do you want to do that?’ I give short replies, so as not to bore enquirers, but these questions present useful and constant challenge to me to carefully consider accurate and satisfying answers for my own purposes and I present them here, among other relevant information, in support of my application.

A good prosthodontist has a great desire to help others but, of course, the desire to help in itself is entirely inadequate. He must be an excellent and highly-trained technician, ready to look at every treatment as unique both in its technical challenges and in the uniqueness of the patient, who is more than a set of X-rays, a list of symptoms and a treatment plan. He is an excellent collaborator and leader, ready to share and receive opinions and insights and a great communicator who can inspire trust and confidence in his patients and staff and has the ability to explain complex plans in simple language. He is someone who appreciates innovation and who has the enthusiasm and curiosity to keep abreast of a field in which new techniques and materials are constantly evolving and tries to add to the sum of common knowledge of the specialty for the benefit of all. But most of all, he is determined to restore smiles, a pleasing appearance, dietary choices and confidence in his patients and derives enormous satisfaction from being able to do so.

My goal is to acquire the highest level of skills, knowledge and experience to fit me, ultimately, to practice, research and teach and so share my passion with others. I am also interested in creating videos to provide both general and specialist dental education to supplement dental training and to inform and interest potential dentists, on a totally free basis, possibly through such a medium as Youtube. I have taken part in dental education programs in underserved communities and believe that I was exceptionally effective in ‘getting the message across’. I thoroughly enjoy teaching, I have always carefully noted the techniques applied and characteristics displayed by the most effective teachers in my own academic and professional careers and always seek to emulate them.

During my degree program, I was invited to assist in a research project relating to the degree of the awareness of gingival diseases and their relation to unhealthy habits among the Egyptian population. Our results were published in the 15th International Dental Congress in Cairo. This exposed me to the processes involved and in demonstrating the planning and analytical skills involved in effective research together with the personal characteristics of determination, patience and diligence. I am especially interested in undertaking research relating to dental material sciences and digital dentistry.

Following graduation from dental school, in 2012, I undertook a year-long clinical internship at the Modern Science and Arts University in Cairo. I was allowed to make my own decisions as to the departments in which to invest my clinical time. I spent a month in Endodontic then a month in Orthodontics, followed by a month in the restorative clinic. I became fascinated by the work of the clinic because of the dramatic results that were achieved and the complexity of the process in doing so and so spent the remaining nine months of the internship in the Prosthodontics Department. I gained significant experience in dealing with increasingly complex cases. The more complex a case was, the more excited I was to be involved. I relished the challenges involved, the planning process and then collecting the necessary information relating to biomechanics, material sciences, physics, esthetics and biology to reach an optimum conclusion.

My internship was followed by a year working as a general dentist in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. During this time I continued to seek as much exposure to the specialty as possible.  Since July 2014 to the present time, I have simultaneously undertaken a ‘foreign externship’ in orthodontics at XXXX University and a traineeship in a dental laboratory. I have also supplemented my knowledge of the specialty by reading professional journals and attendance at relevant conferences and seminars. These programs have been highly profitable in extending and deepening my specialist technical expertise.

I know that cross-disciplinary co-operation is a major feature of the specialty. I have happily studied, worked with, and treated people of many ethnic and social backgrounds. I am an amiable person who relates well with patients and seeks always to ‘put them first’. I speak Arabic and English. I enjoy sharing knowledge about my own culture and acquiring knowledge about others.

To summarize: I have acquired significant experience in the specialty; I have research and teaching experience; I possess the characteristics required of an excellent researcher, practitioner and teacher; however, my main recommendation is a genuine passion for the specialty and in becoming highly expert within it, for the benefit of many.

Advanced Training in Prosthodontics, Masters, Applicant from Kuwait

I have a highly developed esthetic sense that arose outside of dentistry and originally showed itself when I was involved in an interior design project. While working on a residential housing project in Kuwait, I became fascinated with the way in which an eye for detail, careful planning, the use and combination of suitable and compatible materials and the co-operation of various professions could provide functional, pleasing and healthy environments. From the moment that I began my dental training, the esthetic aspects of dentistry naturally became a special interest. It is clear that a pleasing smile is of enormous assistance in enhancing personal confidence and the ability to form positive relationships. Having the ability to provide such a smile is to beneficially affect lives and this provides a level of satisfaction that I cannot imagine in any other career.

During my training and current residency, I have acquired as much exposure to prosthodontics as possible anticipating the submission of this application. I have collaborated with highly experienced and dedicated dentists and prosthodontists and this experience has provided both technical knowledge and inspiring examples of dedication and professional excellence which I shall always seek to emulate. 

I understand, of course, that esthetics, though very important, is only one aspect of the specialty. An excellent prosthodontist must have a great desire to help others but, of course, the desire alone is inadequate. He must be an excellent and highly-trained technician, ready to look at every treatment as unique both in its technical challenges and in the uniqueness of the patient, who is more than a set of X-rays, a list of symptoms and a treatment plan. He is an excellent collaborator and leader, ready to share and receive opinions and insights and a great communicator who can inspire trust and confidence in his patients and staff with the ability to explain complex plans in simple language. He is someone who appreciates innovation and who has the enthusiasm and curiosity to keep abreast of a field in which new techniques and materials are constantly evolving and tries to add to the sum of common knowledge of the specialty for the benefit of all. But most of all, he is determined to relieve discomfort, and to restore or create smiles, a pleasing appearance, dietary choices and self-confidence in his patients and derives enormous satisfaction from being able to do so. I would not be making this application if I were not confident that I have the enthusiasm, drive and potential to become an excellent practitioner in this vital specialty.

I hope to be involved in the clinical application of evidence based innovation arising from quality research especially in the areas of occlusion, implants, new materials and computerized dentistry. I am very excited at the prospect of practicing a specialty in which new techniques and materials are being developed and applied rapidly for the benefit of so many and hope to assist in new research especially in those areas of special interest to me.

I know that cross-disciplinary co-operation is a major feature of the specialty. I have happily studied, worked with, and treated people of many ethnic and social backgrounds. I am an amiable person who relates well with colleagues and patients and seeks always to ‘put the patient first’. I enjoy sharing knowledge about my own culture and acquiring knowledge about others. I speak Arabic and English and am widely travelled. I have devoted substantial time to various volunteer projects throughout my training and dental residency both in the US and abroad. This has provided me with exposure to supplementary dental training and specialisms as well as being a humbling experience which has persuaded me to devote some of my time and skills to the underprivileged and underserved throughout my career especially children who have suffered birth defects or accidents affecting their appearance and ability to speak or eat with ease.

I have some teaching experience which I have thoroughly enjoyed. It was a privilege to have been trusted with these roles and to have been able to share my knowledge. I have carefully noted the techniques applied and characteristics displayed by the most effective teachers in my own academic career and I always seek to emulate them. I have certainly observed that passion is infectious and that the finest teachers are those who derive the greatest satisfaction from their work.

My goal now is to acquire the highest level of prosthodontic skills, knowledge and experience to fit me, ultimately, to practice, research and teach the specialty.

Thank you for considering my application.