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I am a young woman and a dentist who was born and raised in Poland. I came to the United States with my fiancé and now live in Hawthorne, California. I graduated from the Medical University in my home town of Lodz in 2004 and completed my studies in the faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, obtaining the title of Doctor of Dentistry in 2006, shortly before moving to the U.S. Upon my arrival, I immediately began preparing for the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) and have now finished Part 1. At present, I am diligently studying for Part 2. After completing a program for International Dentists and becoming licensed to practice Dentistry in my newly adopted country, my long term goal is to continue to focus on enhancing my professional skills and to specialize in the area of restorative dentistry and endodontics. I hope to someday establish my own dental office where I might be able to make special contributions to the less privileged members of our community. First, however, I look forward to working for another talented dentist where I will be able to gain additional experience.
Polish is my native language, and I learned Spanish in high school; I also read and speak some German. I hope to be able to use my Spanish more in the future, here in California, working with immigrants from Latin America. Since my arrival to the United States and until today, I have faced what is perhaps the greatest challenge of my life: English. The first time that I took the TOEFL, I received the disappointing score of 84. Yet, as a testimony to my struggle, last year, I managed to score 104. And, as I have been working very hard, every day, especially with English in the medical/dental field, I believe that I would score considerably higher at this time if I were to re-take the test. I hope to be granted an opportunity to demonstrate how much I have improved and my dedication to continue to improve daily in my English skills.
My central goal in life is to serve my community and I have long been dedicated to helping those in need. In high school, I worked with children from poor, under-privileged, and troubled families, helping them to do their homework and to develop better study skills. After completing the course work for my dental program in Poland, I enjoyed one full year of training in a public clinic where I gained considerable experience across a wide field of clinical applications, including dental surgery, restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and prosthodontics.
This experience helped me to improve my communication skills and develop my ability to build good working relationships with clients and strategies to enhance cooperation with patients. Working in this clinic was really hard work, but it was also very rewarding to see the happy faces of the satisfied patients. I'm a very sensitive person, and I always try to help everybody that I come into contact with who is in need of my help. I was even sometimes called "Mother Theresa" by my friends in high school because I was always there for everybody and cared for them. I am deeply committed to the provision of individualized patient care on both clinical and emotional levels. I have also been very dedicated to the ongoing development of my manual skills, increasing and maintaining my dexterity in my free time by drawing and painting; I love making compositions of flowers and decorating homes.
I want to help people to look and feel good about their appearance and this is why I find so much joy in the practice of dentistry, the enhancement of people’s sense of dignity and self worth. As a woman, in particular, I like to see other women take pride in what they see in the mirror. This is where I long to give to give something back to my community, helping people to smile with confidence, relaxed. I think that I'm a good doctor because patients like me, almost always return, and some were very upset when they found out that I was leaving the clinic.
I am a cosmopolitan woman with diverse interests and experiences that help me get along well with people from anywhere in the world. In addition to the U.S., I have spent time in Spain, Italy, England, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Kenya. I met a lot of wonderful people and experienced an enormous diversity of cultures that have reinforced my appreciation for how important it is for people to have bright smiles and healthy teeth.
I especially want to attend the program at XXXX University; it is my first choice to fulfill my dream. I too want to become an American, Polish American, and I so I very much respect the philosophy of your program that it is important to merge internationally trained dentists with traditional dental students, in time, rather than having two different tracks. Every day when I wake up, I remind myself that I am preparing for the rigorous summer curriculum at XXXX that will prepare me to take my place on equal footing with 3rd year traditional dental students in the Fall Quarter. I breathe deep and I smile, because I realize that I am thinking and even beginning to dream in English not Polish. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your consideration of my application to your program.