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DDS International Advanced Standing, Turkish

June 17, 2016

 


I was determined to ‘make a difference’ rather than to merely ‘make a living’ with my life from early childhood.  I knew, without doubt, that I had found a wonderful means to fulfill my ambition when I assisted a dentist, during a summer vacation, as a volunteer student and witnessed so many smiles restored and so much agony relieved on a daily basis. I have never lost my initial enthusiasm and have always sought to extend and deepen my knowledge and skills during my years of practice. I am very excited to be in a field in which new techniques and materials are constantly providing more ways of assisting patients.

Most of my five years of professional experience was gained in Istanbul which is a very large and cosmopolitan city with a mix of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and European cultures and so I am used to interacting with patients and colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. This experience will enable me to make a smooth transition into the program and in my future professional career in the United States.

I lived in California for 18 months and have lived in Dublin, Ireland for the last 6 months. I have also travelled widely in Europe and North America. I have a naturally outgoing and friendly personality and consequently, during my time in California, I made many friends from the diverse cultures represented there. I found much pleasure in learning about their lives and cultures and in sharing information about my own. I speak and write English fluently and confidently.

I qualified to practice at the prestigious Faculty of Dentistry at Ankara University for which entry is fiercely competitive. My GPA was 3.22 and my qualifying course, which lasted five years including pre-clinical and clinical training, was highly challenging and very comprehensive. Since qualifying, I have obtained a Certificate in Dental Radiology and attended courses on basic implantology and in canal preparation techniques.

My professional experience has been gained in a very busy clinic involving a wide variety of treatments including, soft-tissue surgery involving the use of diode laser and electrosurgery; esthetic dentistry, endodontic and pedodontic treatments, fixed and removable prosthodontics and extractions including impacted third molars and many routine fillings. I also have experience of radiograph interpretation, the creation of treatment plans and smile design. However, endodontic treatments and retreatments are my special interest because it involves tooth retention and, often, much needed pain relief for the patients. This work provides a special level of satisfaction to me and is the area in which I would like to specialize in the future, if the opportunity were to arise. I should also mention that I have received training in, and have some experience of, clinic management which was very useful, challenging and enjoyable.

I was taught to work by the maxim ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and have always been careful to take time to explain the causes of problems to patients and to encourage them to take any necessary steps to avoid future dental and oral problems. I am especially interested in the effect of diet on dental and oral health and how culturally diverse dietary preferences variously affect them.  

I have carefully considered the courses available to me in California and have concluded that your own offers a program which will further enhance my professional knowledge and skills to enable me to offer patients a comprehensive range of treatments and preventative advice.

I am confident that my natural characteristics, background, experience and special interests will enable me to ‘add value’ to the program and will enable me to share interesting and useful insights with my fellow students. I also look forward to receiving the benefits arising from the variety of professional experiences available from other students coming from a wide spectrum of different cultures and locations. I assure the readers of this statement that I shall apply myself to the program with great enthusiasm and commitment and I very much look forward to doing so.

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