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Indian Dentist Personal Statement Sample, Cleft Lip Palate

I am a truly motivated dental practitioner with a strong commitment to leadership and helping the underserved. I do not hope to secure a stable income in dentistry, or attain an impressive list of accolades for my resume. I am not involved for my own gain: I will dedicate my career to helping the underserved.

One underserved group that I am fiercely passionate about is cleft lip repair patients. After graduation, I joined a Government Hospital in my home town in India with a motive of learning more about surgery. I learned a lot by doing extractions, jaw fracture managements, but I also saw numerous infants affected with orofacial cleft, specifically cleft lip and palate (CLP).

When I was working at the Government Hospital, I was able to receive a clear overview of CLP patients’ needs and related problems and the oral health of CLP patients living below the poverty line. A huge percentage can simply not afford to undergo permanent treatment. This experience touched me very deeply, and motivated me to apply for this program. I did my best to refer the parents of the affected infants I came across to the necessary specialists willing to do pro bono of this nature as much as possible.

However, I also have had a very personal experience with CLP. One of my closest friends is affected with CLP. She was cruelly bullied when we were at school together, and I often took action to help her. She experienced very low confidence because of her teeth and lip appearance. My heart is set on helping individuals like her.

After my inspiring experiences at the Government Hospital, I joined a private dental clinic with an orthodontist who impressed me enormously with his treatments. He motivated me to do residency in orthodontics. During that time, one of the cases that impressed me the most was another cleft palate patient who had undergone surgery. The change was extraordinary, and the joy on the patient’s face was palpable. It was at that moment that I knew I had to become an orthodontist and perform free treatments on the underserved who cannot afford cosmetic dental treatment for cleft palate.

This birth defect has changed my life. I intend to serve underserved patients presenting with this issue both in India and in the United States.

Another area that interests me deeply and I believe will aid me in my mission is leadership. After organizing dental camps and dental education programs in schools and colleges, I realized how leadership can affect large numbers of people positively. Almost four thousand children benefitted from the events I ran. I received a warm letter of appreciation for this community service. Later, I also worked as a lecturer of prosthodontics in India for a total of 2,080 hours, conducting regular classes, supervising dental students and participating as a test instructor in the development of mock exams. This experience broadened my knowledge and I matured considerably as a result of the leadership involved.

Additional voluntary experience includes: working with Give Kids a Smile, MOM and MOM Special Olympics in Richmond, VA: serving underserved communities; and volunteering at the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia. I also I have also volunteered at U.S. dental clinics for a total of 1,744 hours.

With regard to my studies, I was granted the Best Scientific Paper Award for my presentation and case study on distraction osteogenesis in maxilla and mandible at a state-level anatomy conference, as well as a certificate of excellence for outstanding performance in curricular activities from my university.

However, I am strongly compelled to take my academic career to new heights. I know I can receive the best education the world can provide at your institution. Please allow me to bring my passion to the table and be one of the most outstanding students there. Thank you for considering my application.

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