I always wanted to be a dentist, but as I advanced in my education, I noticed the injustices in healthcare surrounding me, I realized that I want to dedicate myself to more than just simple office visits, but rather to make an impact in my field and the lives of those around me and I truly believe public health is the greatest tool that enables me to make that impact I desire. I decided to pursue my MPH degree to be followed with the Residency in Dental Public Health. Now, more than ever there is a need for public control and prevention of disease with healthcare costs spiraling out of control. Pursuing a career in the dental public health field was a decision influenced by many factors starting by my passion for research. One of the main reasons for applying for my dental public health residency at Columbia University is the fact that it has a great research program, which is ranked among the top research facilities in the world. Columbia university’s dental public health residency department possess ample opportunities for research for those motivated to take advantage enough to r...
I am fortunate that my experiences have made me aware of these things so that when I do return to these communities as a dentist, I can not only better serve my patients as a provider, but I can also be a leading advocate for the change that is so desperately needed by the individuals in these communities. As I continue along my career path in dentistry, I intend to keep volunteering in dental clinics in underserved communities as well as participating in formal organizations such as Saving Smiles to more effectively address these issues as well as enhance my understanding of the dental field. Perhaps while I serve in these communities, I can inspire and support future health professionals that will continue to advance the incredible changes that our health fields are currently
My college plans include attending a two-year college and then pursing a degree in dental hygiene. I believe that I will have a great opportunity to give back to my community with my chosen career. As a dental hygienist, there would be many ways to help young and old alike. The time that I would volunteer would enable me to become more involved in the life of our community.
The field i'm going to be doing my research is in the medical field because it always peaked my interest and as a kid it's something I always wanted to pursue for my future careers. The three job titles I would like to pursue are dental hygienist, forensic scientist, and pharmacist. The first choice I chose was dental hygiene, at first I wanted to be a dentist but after knowing that I would have to undergo many years of education and training to become a dentist, I wanted to start off with something small at first that's when I came across dental hygiene. It sounded fascinating and a subject I would like to focus on because it was a field
In my experiences, I have found pinpointing a career and channeling my aspirations extremely difficult tasks. That being said, like most difficult endeavors in life, there exists extraordinary reward. Through research, soul searching, and trial and error, I realize that I aspire to make an impact in as many people’s lives as possible, while still taking care of myself and my future family. That is where dentistry comes in to play.
I plan to graduate with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from Indiana University South Bend. Along the way, I hope to learn valuable skills to succeed as not only a dental hygienist, but as an individual. After becoming a dental hygienist, I want to work full time in a dentist's office. My goal is to educate others about oral care along with cleaning their teeth. I feel it is important for people to be aware about oral hygiene from a young age to prevent poor oral health later in life. While I am attending IU South Bend, I will also be pursuing my interest in golf; I was presented with the opportunity to be part of the first women's golf team at the campus. I'm excited to continue my golfing career into college and to have the chance to
All the various factors that lead me to dentistry amounted to just a part of my decision to become a dentist, the other half of my decision came from the simple question, “(w)ill this be a satisfying career for me?” A satisfying career, to me, is defined by whether or not I can use my career as a means to assist others and experience a sense of accomplishment and self-gratification in helping others. The notion of a satisfying career was one that came through personal experiences. Being a former Medicaid recipient, I was thankful to those that worked in the public health sector to help those in need, including myself and my family. Through my past experiences, I felt obligated to reciprocate the resources and assistance that I had received. At the end of my career, I hope to reflect back on my career and experience a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment for having helped others throughout my career; this is what will amount to successful career, from my point of view.
I believe that dentists collect an exceptional amount of money for the job they do and knowledge they have obtained through their years of college. I want to implement the importance of clean teeth and healthy gums that will eventually grow into healthy adult teeth and gums. I hope to pursue a career in the dentistry field and specialize in pediatric dentistry, so that I will have a job working and teaching children that I will enjoy the rest of my
Communicating with one’s eyes is crucial in dentistry. In a room where faces hide behind masks and mouths are full of instruments, it is necessary to wordlessly convey reassurance and kindness. I witnessed the significance of this detail during my childhood in Taiwan. Growing up, I did not brush my teeth until I was eight years old because I did not understand the importance of oral hygiene, causing an oral infection that inflamed my cheek. When I first received treatment, the sight of the lidocaine syringe and dental handpiece struck fear in me. However, what I recall most vividly were the dentist’s eyes; they expressed confidence and empathy, promising I was in good hands. I strive to emulate this thoughtful care as a welcoming, compassionate, and effective dentist.
Out of all the careers in the world, a dental hygienist probably has one of the most interesting and flexible jobs. Not only is this career interesting and flexible, but it is also very helpful towards others and usually pays pretty well too. Many people become dental hygienists because of the easy education requirements and high demand for their jobs. These days, dental hygienists are more respected and being hired more rapidly due to the fact that more and more people are keeping and taking better care of their teeth. They also say that at the end of the day they feel accomplished in knowing that they helped improved their patient’s health, even if only in the slightest way (“Interview with a Professional”).
The career I have chosen for my future is to become a registered dental hygienist. It wasn’t until I actually learned what dental hygienists do that influenced my interest from medical to dentistry. The first honest reason I was gravitated to dental hygiene was because of the salary. I didn’t really know what Dental Hygienist actually did until I did some research.
I decided to do my research report on dentistry because it is a perfect blend of science and art. It is a science in that you must fully comprehend on the different types of diagnostic and procedures you are doing. It is an art in that you are constantly working with your hands to create a beautiful smile. The impact you make on helping a person achieve an impeccable smile is not one to compare with materialistic things like money or cars. People often mistake dentist as only doing practices when in fact they could do more, like research. I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to interview Dr. Sarah Pham, DDS, a close family friend who practices dentistry in her own private office in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Pham was
This report explores similarities and contrasts between two career options within the medical field, family physician and dentistry. This study will give the researcher, potentially a prospect student in either of these fields, a chance to investigate and understand the benefits of these two careers in United States focusing on several criteria outlined in the paragraphs below.
My desire to go to dental school began to develop in my mid-teens while working at Plainview Oral and Maxillofacial Associates(Plainview Oral). Not only was I fortunate enough to obtain a position there as a young teenager, but since starting over six years ago, I have been mentored by Dr. Bass, a recognized oral surgeon. Under his guidance, I developed a strong appreciation for the skills required to be a successful dentist, as well as the caring and patience needed to gain a patient’s trust.
Growing up with financial troubles has fostered empathy for those less privileged in our community and has taught me to be open-minded to others’ circumstances, appreciate diversity and to be unprejudiced, which I believe is an essential tool as a dentist who deals with a variety of social groups. Besides continuing to live in America, completing my studies and practicing in this country would be the highest honor. I am strong in both mentality and fitness and possess the disposition to undertake the demands of being a dental student and a dentist. I am wholly committed to my future career and coupled with my academic prowess and work experience, I believe I am competent aspirant in this demanding profession.
This directed me towards taking one of the most important decisions of my life of coming to the United States to pursue Masters of Public Health (MPH) and learn from the pioneers who have successfully integrated it in the society with positive results. I wanted to apply my knowledge beyond the borders of dental hygiene education and learn sophisticated methods to address the co-morbidities and healthcare access inequalities, as I have seen in a lot of my patients. My interest in mathematics compelled me to choose Epidemiology major and learn statistical software to study disease burden, distribution and trends. I volunteered in George Washington University (GWU) ISCOPES- Adult health literacy team, where we attended Emory transitional house and educated people about various health topics including oral health. During my MPH, I did my practicum at Washington DC, Department of Health on “Analysis of utilization of dental home linkage and preventive dental services among DC Medicaid children less than 3years of age for calendar year 2014” using Statistical Analysis System software (SAS). This project gave me an insight about the Current Dental Terminology codes and the trends in service utilization in a subset of the U.S. population. I was graciously honored with Practicum Research Fellowship Award by my school for my