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Pediatric Dentistry Residency Personal Statement Sample, Turkish Applicant

I always wanted to do something with my life to help others and my regular visits to the dentist as a child pointed me towards this life path. Seeing patients come in with grimaces of pain and leaving with smiles of relief persuaded me that this was a job that had a direct and beneficial effect on people, I also loved the atmosphere of hygienic efficiency and the caring attitude of the dentist and his staff. I am very glad that I made this career choice that I have never regretted.

I was able to gain entry to one of the most prestigious dental schools in Turkey, the college takes only students who are in the top 0.5% of those taking the national university entrance examination. Acceptance is a reflection of my determination, diligence and intellect. The five year program was highly comprehensive with substantial patient contact which I greatly enjoyed.

Having qualified, I worked as a dentist in the emergency department of a large hospital. I was the only dentist in the department which was a huge responsibility but offered me the opportunity to treat a wide range of conditions and provided me with excellent foundational professional experience. As well as accumulating technical experience, I learned how to calm, reassure and efficiently treat patients who were, sometimes, in extreme pain and distress.

After seven months working as an emergency dentist, I worked in the dental department of the hospital which provided broader exposure to conditions and treatments. During my first year of work, I undertook restorative work, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics as well as routine extractions. I then worked in various clinics, undertaking the same range of work for around a further year before moving to join my husband in the US.

Since arriving in the US, I have sought as much exposure to the local dental environment as possible. I spent six months ‘shadowing’ an excellent dentist who provided me with an excellent grounding. Since September last year, I have worked part-time as a Dental Assistant at a clinic with five units and where the specialists include those in periodontics, orthodontics and endodontics. This experience has provided me with a thorough grounding in the local dental environment as well as enabling me to assist at a wide range of routine and specialist treatments. I am very excited to be part of a profession in which so many rapid advances are being made in materials and techniques and take care to be aware of such changes in my work and by the reading of professional journals. I have also passed the NBDE Parts 1 and 2, both at my first attempt in addition to attending the 12 day course at the Duggan Institute of Dentistry after which I was awarded the highest ever score in the mock ‘bench exam’ held at the end of each course.

Since September 2016, I have also worked as a Visiting Researcher at the University of XXXX School of Dentistry assisting into research into the detection of different pathogens in dental plaque samples collected from healthy or periodontitis patients. I have learned much about research techniques and the characteristics required of an excellent researcher such as patience, determination and the ability to think originally and creatively.

I have a particular interest in pediatric dentistry. I get on well with children and am easily able to gain their trust and cooperation. I see preventative education, provided as early as possible, as the key to life-long dental and oral health and the consequent enhancement of general well-being. I am very keen to be in a position to provide such effective education.  It is my hope to found a specialist pediatric practice and to put preventative education for children and carers at the center of my work including liaison with local nurseries and elementary schools. I should also be interested in assisting research into the most effective means of educating young children in the importance of adopting effective oral and dental hygiene regimes.

I try to be a ‘rounded person’ and have interests beyond the profession. I am a very keen table tennis player of professional standard. I was ranked first in my home city with a population exceeding 800,000 and seventh in Turkey. This game provides excellent exercise and enhances ‘hand-eye’ coordination. I am now a member of my local club here in the US and greatly enjoy helping budding players of all standards to enhance their skills.

To summarize, I am a dentist whose limited direct professional experience is off-set by the breadth of work that I have undertaken in different environments. I have done as much as possible to familiarize myself with the US dental environment in various capacities since arriving here and greatly look forward to working in the profession in the US. In addition to the technical skills and experience that I have acquired, I consider myself to be a patient-centered professional with the characteristics that enable me to empathize and readily gain the confidence of my patients. My academic record will provide reassurance that I have the potential to excel in your Pediatric Dentistry Residency program, contributing to diversity and our sense of global mission.

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Since my son Davy was born on November 5, 2011, this toddler has become the total center of my world. He is all that I have, my only family. This is why I get especially excited by the opportunity to draft a model personal statement in the area of Pediatric Dentistry, because of the importance of children to us all, our futures, the future of the human race, our planet, etc. 

Sample 1st Paragraph for Pediatric Dentist from India

A young woman and an experienced dentist trained in my country of origin, India, I feel strongly that I have a lot to give to the dental profession here in America since the USA is my new permanent home. I feel that I have a lot of potential to excel, especially in the area of pediatric dentistry. I have been shadowing a Pediatric dentist for several months, assisting with a variety of procedures and increasing my familiarity with dentistry in America. The single greatest sadness that I have witnessed in my life so far is the way in which people in my country, India, neglect the oral health care of their children. This has made me an especially highly motivated dentist who is well versed in the subject of preventive care and very determined to make my professional mark in this area, devoting a lifetime of learning to this subject and contributing to oral health consciousness raising projects, especially those concerned with children in India.

Sample 1st Paragraph for Residency Position in Pediatric Dentistry, Taiwanese Woman

Probably the single strongest aspect of my application to your competitive program is my extensive experience with the Special Olympics Healthy Smiles Project, during my last two years of dental school in Canada. As a Taiwanese woman, diversity matters to me and I feel strongly that it enhances our community events and ultimately helps to make our dental outreach more effective. While I was raised in Canada, I have decided to continue my professional career development in the USA with a full immersion experience in a pediatric dentistry residency program. I like to see myself as an Olympian dentist because of the great and special challenges presented by the oral health care of special needs children, the cause that will always have a special place in my heart as a dentist, and the area of dentistry in which I hope to teach and publish when I am further along in my career.

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My name is XXXX and I have been practicing dentistry full time for one year now, after earning my DDS Degree at XXXX University. I hope very much to be accepted to your Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of XXXX. 

I especially adore working with children because I grew up in Iraq, a country that has known war and sadness for decades. While I have grieved for so many of my people, it is the children that have long been my special concern. For this past year working at XXXX Dentistry in (City, State) approximately 70% of the patients that I see are children between the ages of 3 and 15. I have also volunteered for several humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross and the S.O.S and recently visited refugee camps in Jordan which reaffirmed my dedication to the cause of pediatric dentistry - especially for underserved children who are at risk, marginalized, or political refugees.

I am in the process of relocating to Minneapolis because my significant other lives and works there. Also, my sister and her family live and work in Rochester, Minnesota.  I love the change of seasons, especially the autumn when I paint the leaves with so many brilliant colors. Thus, I feel strongly that I am the best fit for your program with has everything that I’m looking for: solid training and a rigorous research program that is well supported. I hope to be given the opportunity to prove myself as a Pediatric Dentist at the University of XXXX and I assure you that I will give my all and do my level best to excel and distinguish myself as a very dedicated and hard working pediatric dentist whose compassion for children knows no bounds.

When I am not engaged with dentistry, I like to run, hike, dance, and play violin, all of which help me to stay on top of my practice. I also love to travel.

Thank you so much for considering my application and I sincerely hope to have the privilege of meeting you in person.

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In the least economically developed countries of our global community, one third of the population is under the age of 15. Furthermore, it is these countries generally speaking which experience the highest birth rates. For these reasons alone, pediatric dentistry is enormously important for sustainable development along humanitarian lines in the Developing World. Furthermore, pediatric and preventive dentistry essentially become one cause, especially in these countries where the population is so very young, and getting younger all the time. With the significant contribution in terms of sheer numbers and the increasing recognition of the need for international co-operation, the onus is on us to involve these less developed regions in the international community, so ensuring their active participation in all areas, including scientific research and technological development.

Taiwanese Dentist, Seeking Advanced Training in Pediatric Dentistry

In my family there has always been a philosophy of service, and each year I participate in different service projects in the underserved community. One of the most memorable experiences was that my college friends and I cheered up elderly who lived in a senior center on Christmas Eve by singing songs and wrapping gift for them. I will always remember the feeling that accompanied everything that we able to accomplish through our collective efforts.

Shortly after immigrated to the States from Taiwan at age 14, I had my first dental prophylaxis exam through DentiCal program. I discovered the field of pediatric dentistry, and learned that baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth, and especially that mine could have been treated as opposed to being pulled. I realized that there was no emphasis on good dental hygiene, or diet counseling in many cities in my country, resulted in low public awareness of oral health. My heart and my passion lied with pediatric dentistry during my dental school years. After graduation, I became an associate dentist for my UXXX professor Dr. XXXX between his three, thriving pediatric private offices, immediately after graduation. This was a very enriching experience because I was able to explore the pediatric specialty in depth and get close mentorship on pediatric procedures.

I enjoy talking to kids and getting to know them. I enjoy the happiness I get from a “good” visit from patient and their family. I enjoyed the fun oriented environment and playing with the children; The daily conversations and interactions I had with my young patients gave me deep gratification every coming into work. In my experience, pediatrics engages the children more creatively in-patient education and goal setting than in general practice. Our office had a cavity free tree, for example, where all the kids who were cavity-free got to take their photos and hang them on the apple tree.

In addition, during those 5 years of private practice experience, I have to refer out many pediatric patients because I lack additional trainings like behavior management and oral and IV sedations. Therefore, I decide to apply for pediatric residency. I want to be a leader in the field of pedodontist, and in doing so I plan to focus primary on three areas: contributing to the profession through meaningful research, striving for perfection clinically, and giving back to the community in abundance.

I had an experience with a Chinese child from a troubled family who was subjected to an overprotective home environment. I was unable to manage his behavior when I encountered him and had no choice but to refer out the patient. But I learned from my mentors and colleagues to be assertive and suggested that the patient to wait in the waiting area. From then on, I was able to manage the behavior of the kids though tell show do, and use of flattery, praise and reward. I subsequently helped my co-workers to manage these kinds of situations as well and our entire dental team became able to deal more effectively and efficiently with treatments for these kinds of problem children kid, helping them to cultivate a more positive dental attitude. We felt so happy as a team that we are able to complete treatment for that patient because he needed extensive dental care due to caries.  We as a team understand that the hallmark of success in managing children is be able to communicate with them and win their confidence. That’s why I want to get advance training in Pediatric Dentistry.

I thrive in new challenges and one of the challenges I took on was starting my own private dental practice shortly after graduating. In managing your own practice, there’s never a dull moment and it really requires you to stretch and grow multiple skill sets at the same time. Since opening, I feel much more confident in my ability to prioritize and manage daily operations. What proudest achievement though, has been improving my ability to lead, influence, and inspire my employee and associate doctors.  As a young business owner and leader, it was important for me to lead by strong example in order to build trust and respect. I set out clear communication of what was expected for everyone, including myself, and coached them to along the way. Through the discussion with my dedicated In-house orthodontist, I learned that to create a highly functioning team you need: Clarity of roles, commitment, work ethics, and full support to each team member.

Therefore, I am eager to take the next challenge in my life, through pediatric residency, where I can apply what I learn to benefit others as a pedodontist. Practicing in an area near a dental school is another goal of mine, so that I might find teaching opportunities, as well as research and leadership experiences. I believe my clinical experience, personable nature with multinational experience will be an asset to your program. I am determined to contribute by working hard, being a team player, and continuing to focus on these important areas throughout my career. I thank you for considering my application to join your distinguished team in Pediatric Dentistry.

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The Humanitarian Side of Pediatric Dentistry

Humanitarian work and pediatric dentistry is a great combination, and one that naturally fits. It´s one of the easiest areas to find opportunities in, too.

KIDS

A couple of pediatric dentistry decided to go on a pediatric dental mission to the Zavkhan Province of Mongolia with KIDS (Kids International Dental Services). They treated 2016 children in 6 days. Here are photos and a video of their adventures.

KIDS´ mission is to provide pro-bono dental care to impoverished children in developing countries and a platform for young dental professionals to perform community service worldwide.

The Humanitarian Foundation´s Grottoes of North America

The Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation is a nonprofit organization that brings “Special Smiles” to children with special needs by providing them with much-needed dental care.

The program helps cover the costs of dental treatment, including hospital and anesthesia costs where needed, for children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders, kids with intellectual disabilities, and dental treatment for organ transplant recipients.

To find out if there is a way to get involved locally if you´re in the U.S. here.

Inspiring Pediatric Dentists

Midlothian pediatric dentist Nick Lombardozzi, DSS, participated in a humanitarian dental clinic held in the village of Las Camelias, located in Izabal, Guatemala in 2011.

The clinic was organized by Global Dental Relief in conjunction with a local partner, the Behrhorst Partners for Development. The clinic was held in a local elementary school in the remote village, which was named for the striking camellia flowers that bloom there in the summer.

Working away in three small concrete rooms of the elementary school, a group of four dentists, two dental hygienists, and eight non-dental volunteers collaborated to provide 512 children with care over a five day period. The children ranged from 6-14 years old. The kids received examinations, cleanings, fluoride, sealants, and restorations and extractions as needed.

While many people would like to get involved with organizations like Global Dental, family and job constraints often get in the way.

The inspiring story of GDR’s former Dental Director Dr. Tom Grams (who was killed during a terrorist attack while working for a different humanitarian group in Afghanistan in 2010), was the motivating force behind Dr. Lombardozzi’s decision to leave his normal life for 10 days and participate in the Guatemalan mission.

“I have always wanted to do something like this. When I read about Tom Grams, who sold his practice to devote his life to helping others, I knew I had to volunteer,” said Lombardozzi.

Clinics like the one set up in the village of Las Camelias are vital for the maintenance of the dental health of Guatemalan children. Volunteers provide a lifeline for sustainable dental health, especially when they are able to teach during their mission.