Residency in Orthodontics, Saudi Applicant

Most of my childhood friends were anxious about visiting the dentist. My reaction was quite different; the dentist’s office was one of my favorite places. I was intrigued by the equipment and liked the atmosphere. I especially liked the dentist who was friendly, funny and always told me what a good boy I was after the examination. I decided very early in life that I wanted to be a dentist and never wavered in this decision.

 Following graduation, I undertook a one year internship at four different hospitals as required. After completing the internship, I worked at the Security Forces Hospital in Riyadh for a further year as resident dentist. During this time, I came across many orthodontic cases, identified through screening sessions. My first exposure to orthodontics mainly involved complex cases because these were adults and treatment had usually not been provided at the optimum stage in dental development. Consequently, I spent much time in consultations with orthodontists and took full advantage of these to learn about their work. I was extremely impressed by the rigor of their planning, the great care they applied in their work and the beneficial outcomes achieved. I became fascinated with this field of dentistry especially when I became aware of the exciting rate at which treatments were being developed. I became determined to pursue a career in orthodontics myself.

 I hope to join a challenging residency program in orthodontics, to acquire high level skills and knowledge of the most current treatments and techniques. I am especially interested in early orthodontic treatment and hope to participate in research in this area. I have undertaken effective research and believe that I have the characteristics of determination, diligence and thoroughness required to excel in research work. I am very interested in cleft lip and palate and hope, ultimately, to join a team providing treatment for this distressing condition. I hope to contribute to the body of dental research in my home country and advance the role of preventative early orthodontic diagnosis and treatment. I also intend to teach in a school of dentistry as I enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

 I believe that it is relevant to my application to provide some details regarding the fellowship in Orthodontics Clinical Research in which I am currently participating. This is geared towards broadening and enhancing my knowledge and skills to prepare me for matriculation into an ADA accredited residency program in orthodontics. It has involved participation in diverse didactic and clinical orthodontic experiences including orthodontic record taking and keeping, database maintenance, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment philosophies and regimens. I have also been involved in shadowing and assisting orthodontic residents and, when completed, I will have treated up to 30 of my own patients.

 I am aware of the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness especially in a healthcare environment. I have familiarized myself with the US dental environment; I have interacted with people from many different cultural and social backgrounds since coming to the US and have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. I look forward to being part of an international program and exchanging the fruits of a variety of professional backgrounds.

 I am aware that there will be many well qualified applicants; however I believe that I am an exceptional candidate. I have been exposed to a wide range of, often complex, orthodontic cases and have been involved in consultations covering diagnosis and treatment. I also have proven skills in research and am keen to apply and extend these. Most importantly, I offer a real passion for orthodontics and a commitment of diligent and enthusiastic participation in the program.

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