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Residency Personal Statement Sample, Masters Periodontics, Saudi Arabia

A dentist from Saudi Arabia, throughout the course of my training and professional experience, I have often been surprised at how many of the people in my country have less than even a basic grasp concerning the essentials of oral health care, even many of those who are quite wealthy and educated; they remain uninformed and continue to suffer the consequences. This has helped me to develop into a dentist who is especially conscious of and concerned with the imperative nature of public health education in the area of oral health care and prevention of disease. Being selected to a Residency and Master’s Program in Periodontics in the USA will help me enormously to realize my long-term goal of making major contributions to the advance of public oral health care as a priority in the KSA.

I could not be more devoted to the study and engaged with the practice of Periodontics. Currently practicing in our university periodontal clinic, I see patients with periodontal diseases every day, often Chronic Periodontitis with very deep pockets and bad oral hygiene. Thus, I have developed a keen sensitivity concerning the enormous work that needs to be done with respect to raising community awareness of our public oral health challenges. For some time, I have also been volunteering as much as I can to work with an oral health education team in public venues, providing free dental services, answering questions about available resources and opportunities, etc. I see a huge prevalence of periodontal disease at these camps, gingival recession and other dental abnormalities, most clearly a result of the simple lack of basic hygiene and preventive care.

At King Khalid University Dental Clinic, I observed the large numbers of people always in long lines and the huge numbers of people seeking periodontal and other surgical treatments, especially dental implants. Those patients seeking dental implants at our clinic had to first patiently wait for weeks if not months on the waiting list since we only had one periodontist in our clinic that was licensed to perform dental implants. Hence, my great passion for Periodontics – driven by the great need to which I have been a first-hand observer. This is why I have dedicated my professional life to the central cause of the advancement of Periodontics in Saudi Arabia.

I finished dental school in the KSA not far from the top of my class - 4.36 out of 5 – and, in addition to practicing Periodontics, I have also been teaching Periodontics to undergraduate students in periodontal clinics. Completing a highly-distinguished residency program such as yours and earning my Master’s Degree in Periodontics will enable me to become certified in the USA and subsequently earn the appointment of full professor in Saudi Arabia.

I look forward to many decades to come, serving at the cutting edge of Periodontology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, curriculum development for periodontology courses in my university, for example, so as to bring our system up to a level that is as close as possible to the way that Periodontics is practiced in the USA. I see my future role as a bridge for Periodontics expertise and state-of-the art practice to flow from the USA to the KSA where it is so greatly needed, as there are very few well trained Periodontists. Most recently, our KKU Dental College has become a training center for the Saudi Board of Periodontology. I hope to be one of this program’s directors in the future.

Thankfully, my current, two-year position as a Teaching Assistant in the field of Periodontology at my university comes complete with a full scholarship for postgraduate study in the USA, making it comfortable for me to afford my career advancement. Most of my duties at my current post involve the supervision of dental students in periodontal course clinics. I am grateful to be gaining valuable experience in teaching and tutoring in periodontal procedures – especially scaling and root planning as well as practicing full time in this area. I also appreciate very much having the opportunity to interact with particularly outstanding professors in Periodontology such as with Dr. XXXX, one of my role models, who completed a residency program and earned a Master’s Degree in Periodontology in the USA. He has been inspiring and encouraging me to follow his example.

Following graduation, I served in the Ministry of Health Hospital as a Maxillofacial Intern for 2 months, doing mostly extractions in OR under the supervision of OMF surgeons. The rest of my internship was at King Khalid University Dental School clinics, gaining practice and in-depth exposure to other dentistry specialties. For years now, I have constantly attended  seminars and workshops.   

I spent much of 2016 in an intensive English Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania so as to bring my language skill up to the excellent level needed so to excel in your Periodontology program. At the same time, I also prepared and sat for Part 1 of the NBDE.

I thank you for considering my application.

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Sample 1st 2 Paragraphs for Residency Position in Periodontology, Iranian

Several years ago, I made a firm decision to give my life to the study of periodontal diseases because I seek to take on the enemy in the most fundamental and sustainable way possible, fighting tooth decay at its base, the supporting bone structure. As a result of my profound passion to succeed professionally in research as well as practice, for the past 3 years, I have worked in the laboratory of Dr. XXXX at Western University, categorizing the molecular events that predict the biological behavior of head and neck tumor development and progression. At the same time, I have also learned a great deal about the challenges facing oral health education by serving as Vice President of our DMD Class of 2015.

I am a young Armenian-Persian woman from Iran who seeks to devote her life to research and development in Periodontology. I came to America 7 years ago and I am now a US citizen with a US education. I will be finishing my DDM Degree from Western University of Health Sciences next year, 2015, and I hope to begin a residency position as soon as possible. My graduate level studies are complemented by my undergraduate studies at UXXXX in Biomedical Engineering. Still only 28 years old, I am full of energy and passion and ready to give my all working long hours in order to excel in your program and prove myself to be an asset to our common advancement on the cutting edge of practice and research in Periodontology.

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The Humanitarian Side of Periodontology

Humanitarian work can be fulfilling, challenging rewarding, help others and put life into perspective. But it can also be difficult to fit into your busy life.

There are many ways to make organizing a humanitarian mission as smooth as possible, and help save time. Even taking a day or two out of your normal schedule to treat patients pro bono locally is a possibility. However, many periodontologists like to take at least one week or 10 days as a minimum off work, if they’re travelling abroad.

For example, Cynthia Gomez, DDS, is a periodontist that has a practice in New York City. In 2007, she travelled to Burundi with Times Square Church and participated in medical and youth outreaches in the heart of Africa.

In 2008, she went to India with The Himalayan Dental Relief Project to work in the Ladakh region. In 2009, 2010 and 2012, she went to Nepal with Global Dental Relief work alongside Napali staff in clinics in Nepal and provide dental care to indigenous populations of children from village schools. In 2011, 2013 and 2015, she went to Guatemala. She also went to Cambodia in 2013, to Israel in 2014 with Dental Volunteers for Israel.

If you haven’t finished your residency yet, or you are ready to begin a residency and you’re wondering if humanitarian work can combine well with study and training, you would be right!

Dr. Jonathan H. Do is a board-certified periodontist and a member of the UCLA Faculty. He attended UCLA for college, dental school, and postgraduate training. When he graduated in 2013, he joined the faculty in periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and taught dental students and residents full-time. He loves teaching, but he also has a passion for humanitarian periodontics.

He now works part-time at the UCLA School of Dentistry Assistant Clinical Professor of Periodontics, and gives lectures and hands-on workshops at meetings and continuing education courses in the US, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Japan. He travels abroad twice per year with UCLA dental students on humanitarian missions to provide comprehensive dental care, and to learn about new cultures. He went to Honduras in June, 2014, then to Vietnam in September, 2014 and twice in 2015.

So how to they fit it all in? Perhaps it´s a case of priorities, but it is obvious that once periodontists travel and do humanitarian work, they look forward to their next trip and keep on going. Some even launch their own programs or NGOs.

Indiana University School of Dentistry professor Steven B. Blanchard, DDS, M.S., is a good example of a periodontist that decided to create his own program. He was the recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology’s 2012 Humanitarian Award in recognition of his ongoing dedication to populations in greatest need of oral health care.

Dr. Blanchard helped impoverished and low-income patients as a volunteer dentist at the Trinity Free Clinic in Hamilton County, Ind. But he then established an International Service Learning program in Honduras through the IU dental school in 2009. Dental students and faculty have volunteered to provide oral health care and education to more than 1,000 patients to date as a result of the learning program.

Dr. Blanchard completed his dental education at the University of Michigan. He did his specialty training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base.

He joined the IU faculty after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel during the early 2000s. Serving in Washington, D.C., as the deputy commander of the Pentagon’s on-site dental clinic in 2001, he was one of the medical first-responders during the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

There are many ways to get involved in humanitarian work, but good training is essential before you get to work. Are you struggling to write your personal statement of purpose, or would you like to make things easier for yourself? We provide professional writing services and would love to help you succeed in your career as a periodontist interested in humanitarian work. Please do get in touch if you would like to take advantage of our services.