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Personal Statement Re-application to a Specific Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Unfortunately, last year, I was not selected for your particularly distinguished residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of XXXX. I ask to be re-considered on the basis of having gained an additional year of intensive experience, a full immersion experience in a state-of-the-art practice here in America serving as a Dental Assistant in a busy office with a large percentage of child patients. Most of all, however, I hope to be considered on the basis of the fact that I am a dentist with fresh experience in a refugee camp in Syria, having returned not long ago from my second extensive stay.

The primary reason why I was so devastated when I learned that I was not selected to your specific program in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of XXX, was that I was very much in love at the time with a medical doctor who sits on the board of the Medical Education and Scholarship Committee of the University of XXXX. XXXX is the Chief Medical Officer of a group of companies (9 companies all over the world). His head office is in XXXX. We were married last 7th of May and I moved to XXXX last month, June, 2017.

This past February 2017, I accompanied the man who is now my husband, XXXX, to a refugee camp in Syria where we spent two weeks, I helped out with everything that I could, just as I had done the year before, in February of 2016. While the horrors of the refugee camp are many and the sadness can be overwhelming at times, especially after a long day with the throngs of orphan children who continue to cry every day for their parents, mother or father or both. I related to these people in the camp much better than most, not only because we have the same native language, Arabic, but because I grew up in neighboring Iraq, where my own innocence and tranquility was shattered in 2003, at the age of 16, as my city, Baghdad, Iraq, went to war.

Soon, we fled to Jordan. I am pleased that with the support of my family, however, I was able to graduate from one of the most prestigious schools of dentistry in the Middle East, the University of Jordan. My inclinations toward pediatric dentistry started when I was a student at the University of Jordan. I was particularly intrigued by the opportunity to work with children and their families, answering their questions and fulfilling their needs. This experience brought up memories of my own pediatric dentist who always left me curious, asking a million questions as a little girl, all of which he answered joyfully. At that time, I started to believe that a special type of personality is required to be a pediatric dentist: compassionate, empathetic, kind and dedicated to pursue this career as a vehicle to improve the quality of life of children.

As soon as I finished dental school in Jordan, I was on a plane to California, which I have called home since that time. Earning my DDS at Loma Linda in May of 2015, I became a permanent resident and licensed to practice dentistry in the State of California; my dreams have come true. And they continue to come true because I am also very much in love and have found the man who I believe will be my life partner, a physician who’s also from the Middle East. Together, we want to care for Syrian refugees.

In addition to my own country and nearby Jordan, I have also gotten to see Turkey, Syria, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and New Zealand. My husband and I see no end in sight for our own family missionary dental/medical team outreach since political strife and war where we come from sadly show no signs of abatement. I am very happy that dentistry is such a global profession, and I treasure diversity not only as an Arab speaker from Baghdad, but also as an Armenian woman who is fluent in Armenian, my mother tongue.

When I was listening to my husband giving a pep talk a to Syrian refugee children about ambition in life and how to turn their misery into success, I knew that I had found a man who was worthy of my love and devotion because we shared a cause deep down inside us. We live 5 minutes away from the University of Minnesota I am now ready to move into a new role, to become part of the next generation of pediatric dentists, and to provide comprehensive dental care access for children in need.

I hope I can have the profound privilege of bringing my all to your especially distinguished program at the University of XXXX, building relationships of enduring trust with our little patients that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for your consideration of my application.

Iranian Applicant Personal Statement Sample, Advanced Training in Endodontics

A woman dentist from Iran, I am currently working very hard towards the completion of my DDS Degree at UXX, as a student in the ASPID Program. After finishing my studies at UXX, I hope to earn an Endodontics Advanced Specialty Certificate. This is the area of dentistry to which I plan to give the balance of my professional life because of my attraction to the sheer challenge and potential of Endo. I fell in love with Endo as a dental student in Iran. This is why, when I graduated and began practicing dentistry in Iran before coming to the USA (2010-2013), I not only served full time as a dentist in a general hospital in Tehran, but also served in an Endodontic clinic, helping to manage a high volume of endodontic patients with varying types of complex dental disease.

I came to America to seek additional hands-on training in dentistry as it is practiced on its most advanced level and have been learning a great deal not only as a student at UXX’s Dental School, but also as a result of my service as a volunteer and Teaching Assistant for the Orofacial Pain Clinic at USC. I have had the opportunity to become part of the state-of-the-art practice of dentistry here in the US – which, of course, is much more advanced than the way that it is practiced in Iran.  I find this to be particularly true with respect to restorative care and patient management. Most of all, it is a question of technological advancement and mastery that is so much more well developed here in America and I could not be happier learning to practice my profession at this more advanced level. My own technological skills have been advancing greatly as a result of my time at UXX, everything from the Microscope through CAD CAM and COME BEAM CT.

Now that I will soon be finishing dental school at UXX, I am gearing up for advancement as an Endodontist. Nothing provides me with as much satisfaction as digging down to the pulp of mater. My foremost mentors have been encouraging me to follow my heart and give my all to Endo as well. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Drs. Burdan and Levy, in particular. I will never forget our first endo lab session with Dr Burdan - showing us how to use the microscope with the utmost efficiency, checking our work. Quickly, I learned and was amazed by how much we missed out on as dental students in Iran with respect to root canal therapy. My eyes were opened and I simply fell in love with Endo – so much to see and discover.

Most people, especially in LA from my perspective, tend to think about their teeth as what they see and cleaning and whitening as cosmetic procedures for a healthy-looking, bright smile to show the world. I am mesmerized by the inner sanctums of the teeth. I like Endodontics because it enables me to specialize in saving teeth and diagnosing tooth pain, in addition to performing root canals therapy. I am troubled to see a lot of marketing initiatives about dental implants that contains misinformation about root canals and root canal retreatments. In my opinion, there is nothing as good as a natural tooth. Dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth, but nothing is as good as a natural tooth, and saving the natural tooth is much more cost effective than replacing it with an implant. What I like so very much about Endodontics is that I get to help reduce the patient’s pain and discomfort and I deeply admire the way that Endodontic treatment can now be performed with, indeed, no pain at all.

I find myself drawn to the mysteries surrounding the etiology of pain, the extent to which it is or is not odontogenic. Thus, I seek a full immersion, in particular, in Endodontic diagnostics, the ways in which Malocclusion, sinusitis, bruxism, periodontal disease and a plethora of diagnoses can present as pulpal disease and the endodontist has the task of determining the true origin. I have continually pushed myself to take on complex cases and this has helped to boost my confidence to work with all types of patients.

I look forward to building enduring relationships with my patients. I appreciate how patients in acute pain need immediate treatment, reassurance, and drug management. This requires knowledge, clinical skills, and compassion on the part of the endodontist and I seek to excel for a lifetime in all of these areas. My passion for saving the natural tooth and reducing pain has led me on a path to pursue Endodontics

It would be a great honor for me to become a member of your team and complete your state-of-the-art program in Endodontics so that I can go on to pursue leadership roles in our field and make my maximum contribution to the advancement of preventive as well as curative measures.  I look forward to someday having my own endodontic private practice where I will increasingly be able to focus on helping the underserved members of our community who suffer, those most in need of my help.

I thank you for considering my application.