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Sample 1st 2 Paragraphs Personal Statement for Endodontics Advanced Education Program

A practicing dentist in Egypt, I give at least one tenth of my time to attending to the oral health care needs of the indigent. More and more I cannot resist the temptation to help in the face of such great need. Increasingly, Egypt is filling up with refuges from Syria who are in desperate need of the most basic care, especially oral surgery. I hope to be chosen for one of the limited number of spaces in your competitive Endodontics program in order to receive an unparalleled first world education in oral surgery. In this way, I will be fully prepared to not only advance the cause of Endodontics research and practice in Egypt, but I will also be in a position to do my utmost on behalf of the underserved who find themselves in increasingly desperate need, not only in Egypt but throughout most of the Middle East.

The greatest possible contribution to society would be to open dental community clinics in the United states and Egypt. In high school I would wake up every night due to throbbing pain until I eventually went to go see a dentist and although I could afford the dental he provided me, I wanted to reciprocate his services he provided me to people in need and treating the underserved. I want to use a GPR program to further my education and learn the American way of dentistry.


A bewildering array of endodontic shaping instruments (materials, tapers, tip sizes, etc) are available worldwide in the commercial marketplace. For the general practitioner and specialist alike, choosing and mastering one of these systems (or blending several together) can be a daunting task. What is most relevant, especially from a general dental perspective, is to provide principles that are universal and that all endodontic clinicians can utilize irrespective of the particular system employed.

As a starting point, it has value to think of shaping canals from an “out-of-the-box” viewpoint. Specifically, the canal is already present within the tooth, and in purely mechanical terms, it represents a tube or space that ideally must be enlarged, but not moved in its spatial relationship from the root that contains it. Much of the debate surrounding shaping of root canal systems revolves around the decision as to how much enlarging is required. Ideally, again in mechanical terms, the clinician would want to make a small hole (the tube) slightly larger without moving the canal in any dimension relative to where it existed before. In addition, the clinician wants to enlarge the tube (canal) to a degree that will accomplish 2 key objectives: (1) allow adequate irrigation so as to digest the contents of the pulp space, and (2) facilitate the placement of a 3-dimensional obturation material into the canal space from the canal orifice to the minor constriction of the apical foramen.

How can clinicians take a pile of endodontic instruments they are unfamiliar with and create an ideal shape? Simply stated, by observing Principle-Centered Endodontics.

The principles are simple, and if followed, they will provide the platform for excellent results. If not followed, the clinician proceeds at his or her own risk. By analogy, if one is scuba diving in caves in Florida, certain rules will keep the diver alive, but violation of these rules will put the diver’s life and those of the dive team members at serious risk. By following the rules, the odds are overwhelming that the dive will be safe; violate the rules, and morbidity ensues (and quickly).

In the endodontic arena, the results of rule violation are not so catastrophic. But an outcome that is not ideal for the tooth and the value that it represents for the patient is a compromise that risks removal and loss of the tooth, which similarly becomes a catastrophic event, albeit on a much smaller scale. In addition to the principles that will follow, it is essential that the clinician observe the following time-honored guidelines for the final prepared canal shape irrespective of the particular system to be utilized.

Endodontics Advanced Specialty Program at UIC College of Dentistry. A former resident shares her experience in the Endodontics Advanced Specialty Resident Program at UIC College of Dentistry.

I help endodontists and students of Endodontics and Endodontology from all over the world to be selected for admission to advanced education programs. 

I particularly appreciate the way in which Endodontics is constantly changing. Multidisciplinary practices are increasing in popularity in the United States, in particular and the emerging trend is to view oral health in the larger context of an integrated healthcare system that is worldwide. Increasingly, endodontists feel a need for interaction with generalists and other specialists to address their patients’ complex dental treatment issues.

Endodontic education is changing too. As always, the goal of postgraduate endodontic programs has been to develop in students the higher-order thinking skills required for the contemporary practice of dentistry, endodontics in particular. The emphasis on training, however, has shifted toward integration of the various dental disciplines. The independent clinical silos are being replaced with multidisciplinary approaches that involve small groups in collaborative settings, conducted by faculty from different disciplines. 


The principal goal behind these efforts is to integrate the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences throughout the resident’s training. Settings such as case presentations or treatment planning seminars on complex restorative cases combine endodontics with periodontology and fixed prosthodontics. Endodontics pairs with oral surgery on topics of odontogenic infection as well as oral and IV sedation; with pediatric dentistry on trauma to the immature permanent dentition; and with the Veterans Administration on management of geriatric patients.

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