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Dentistry Personal Statement

Sample Dentistry Personal Statement.

Dentistry offers the opportunity to combine my aptitude and interests in scientific study with my ability and desire to communicate with people and make a positive difference in their lives. Having balanced dedication to my studies with extensive voluntary work in a number of sectors, I believe I have demonstrated how this combination of intellectual stimulation and essential values can drive me to achieve a high standard in both aspects. Having observed my uncle practising dentistry, and sought out further opportunities to get hands on experience where possible, I am confident that the field offers the best opportunity to continue prioritising this mix of values and ability in the future.

In order to make sure that I am equally prepared for the practical, as well as the academic, aspects prior to undergraduate study, I have observed numerous aspects of dental practice. Shadowing Julian Kurer at The Dental Rooms in London, I observed a number of procedures, including clinical examinations, scale and polish, and crown and bridgework. I also had the opportunity to observe the administrative aspects of running a successful practice. Shadowing staff at The NHS Dental Practice in Palmers Green I was lucky enough to observe fillings, cleanings and normal check ups. Spending a week at George Pashias’ dental practice in Cyprus not only allowed me to observe dentistry being practiced within an alternative national context, but also offered ample time to observe a range of procedures, including fillings, implants and root canal surgery. Finally, shadowing Michael Norton at his practice in Harley Street allowed me to observe dental surgery, such as bone grafting and dental implant placement, in more depth. Each of these experiences increased my resolve to study dentistry while also allowing me to see the range within the field. Ultimately, I think I would like to pursue dentistry to postgraduate level and specialise in implants or orthodontics before setting up practice.

Through each of these experiences I observed the importance of communication skills in what is essentially a caring role. Having volunteered at both an old people’s home and as a teaching assistant at a primary school, I have gained experience of communicating with people of all generations and the importance of treating the differences between each individual with respect. My particular passion for children’s charities has also seen me work with the Envision charity scheme to raise money for Markfeild’s community centre for disabled children and be chosen to travel to Uganda with my school to participate in voluntary projects at a local school. Through volunteering in an Oxfam shop I have gained experience of administration and teamwork, maintaining strong relationships with colleagues and customers.

Attending Greek School twice a week since the age of three has allowed me to gain language skills and to integrate my important heritage into my life. I have also been heavily involved with my school council and have been elected as both Deputy Chair and prefect for Public Relations, requiring successful liaison between students, staff and parents. Being selected to participate in the Jack Petchy Speak Out programme helped me to gain the confidence in public speaking that has allowed me to successfully fulfil these roles. My interests in the medical profession have also extended to gaining St John’s ambulance training and attending various national society lectures to make sure I have gained an idea of the broader field before committing to dentistry. Sports such as netball and kickboxing allow me to remain healthy and improve focus, while singing in my school choir offers a valuable opportunity to relax outside of work and study.

Combining my interests in caring with my academic aptitudes, dentistry offers the best opportunity for me to continue working to the high standard I have set myself in voluntary work and study, at undergraduate level and into my career beyond.

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