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DDS Applicant, American in Pre-Med Course

My uncle and brother are dentists, so dentistry was certainly a career that I considered when I left school, but I decided that I would pursue a business career. I graduated summa cum Laude with a GPA of 4.0 in Business from the University of XXXX. Still, I soon decided that a business career would not provide the necessary satisfaction. I wanted to help people directly and personally, and when I compared my working day to that of my brother, I concluded that he provides the kind of satisfaction that I seek from a career.

When I reconsidered dentistry, it appealed to me in various ways. In addition to its ‘ hands-on’ and the daily interaction with patients, I was also struck by the incredible variety of the work; diagnostic, pain relief, preventative as well as reparative, and esthetic. I once saw the tremendous effect that esthetic dental surgery could have. A young woman I knew was transformed from a retiring person who rarely smiled or even spoke into a cheerful, confident person with the help of a skilled dentist, and I never forgot this event.

Having made my choice, I am determined to seek some experience and training to change my career route and undertake extensive reading and online research into dentistry. I spent eight months working as a dental assistant when I undertook all the usual routine duties of an assistant and was able to observe dentists undertaking both standard and complex procedures. I particularly enjoyed dealing with the patients and putting them at ease if they appeared nervous. Unfortunately, it was necessary to curtail this introduction into dentistry as I needed more lucrative employment to fund my pre-med studies. However, this experience fully confirmed my choice. I have also entered a ‘pre-med’ program at the University of XXX. The program provides a good grounding in General Science, Biology, and Chemistry, which will prepare me for the DDS program.

From my research, I know that many people in the US do not realize the importance of routine dental care for their dental, oral, and general health and fail to carry it out. I hope to spread information about preventative dental care to poorer communities during the program and participate in free dental clinics for the underserved. It is my firm intention, once qualified, to give part of my time to such activities. A dentist is a highly regarded and well-rewarded professional who should ‘pay something back to society, and I fully intend to do so.

I am very excited by the advances in dentistry, such as the use of laser technology, computer imaging, and new materials and techniques in orthodontics. I hope to assist in research or trials to further such advances.

I have carefully considered the demands that a challenging DDS program will make. I am determined to apply myself fully to the program and excel. I am sure I have the intellectual capacity, the personal commitment, and the drive to do so. I know there will be many well-qualified applicants for places in the program. However, I do regard myself as an excellent candidate. My bachelor's degree results and awards will provide an assurance that I am a diligent and intelligent person who is used to ‘going the extra mile’ in his work; my preparation for entry to the program has been both practical and academic and has provided a good understanding of the dental working environment; my main recommendation, however, is a passionate interest in dentistry and in becoming a skilled, knowledgeable and effective practitioner.

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