Since a young age, the field of dentistry has fascinated me. Going to regular oral cleanings and examinations did not mean sitting in a chair for two hours and staring at someone scrape the plaque off my teeth with sharp, pointy objects or "instruments". Instead, it was an opportunity to ask burning questions about the profession that I loved. I have always seen dentistry as an attractive and very important health care option. This is because it is crucial to maintain one’s oral health to prevent potential health risks to not only one’s mouth but also their other body parts.
For my service learning hours I worked in the Eagle Heights Hort 120 Garden with Ed to help in the gardens. My work included maintaining beds, harvesting plants, and putting the garden to rest for the long winter ahead. While in the garden I learned a great deal about the various plants that grew there, along with other similar species that were not in the garden. I was also able to learn more about the how to grow plants and put the information I was learning in class into use. I was also able to explore various different types of plants that I had never eaten before.
The University of Michigan 's Dental Hygiene program is one that can grant me numerous and life-changing opportunities that I cannot attain at any other university. Their Dental hygiene program is the best of the best, providing me with the education and training necessary to become the most efficient dental hygienist I can be. The Dental Hygiene degree program, unlike any other, offers students an extensive variety of patient experiences, such as hands-on experiences in the clinic. The University of Michigan has millions of patient visits every year. Not only are you gaining additional knowledge and experiences as a student, you 're trained by and working side by side with dentists and dental hygiene faculty in the clinic who, in turn, are
Societally, we no longer foster that type of relationship between physicians and patients. Throughout my junior year, senior year, and presently, I have worked as a medical assistant and worked directly with PAs and physicians and feel that I will be able to better develop that long-term relationship with patients better as a PA. After making rounds with several PAs, I have become more and more enthusiastic about the PA profession and impressed with the scope of responsibilities given to PAs and their ability to work autonomously with patients and collaboratively with physicians within a healthcare team. The flexibility to be able to move among specialties and the profession’s dynamic nature that commands growth and continuing education to succeed excites
I am not just interested in becoming a Physician Assistant; I dream of, and am driven to become one. I have been fascinated by the medical field as long as I can remember. I had the opportunity to begin scribing for a physician and absolutely loved the patient interaction, the variety of duties that had to be accomplished and the fact that for some people a fifteen to twenty minute appointment may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of a day or life, but to those who were being seen, their lives are instantly changed for the better. I learned such a vast amount of knowledge every single day I worked there. I grew to love the medical field more and more and am confident I was meant to work my hardest to be able to provide care to patients as my life occupation; specifically rural areas like the one I grew up in.
I had just graduated from Utica College and like many other recent graduates, was unsure what path my future was on. After graduation I began my search for employment and I was lucky enough to be offered a position at the office of Dr. Howard Terry, cardiologist. This job had everything I was looking for: decent pay, experience working in the medical field, and direct patient care administering EKG’s. For the first few months I thoroughly enjoyed going to work and I relished in the fact that I was being taught many different aspects of cardiology by a well-respected physician such as Dr. Terry.
Often times I thought it was the desire for a steady, well paying career that my parents always told me to strive after ever since I was young, or for the respect I desired from others of my intellectual achievements. Through volunteering in high school, I realized my passion for serving others, leading to my decision to pursue a nursing career, and at the same time I was able to overcome my greatest challenge of speaking to others. At the beginning of my junior year of high school, I started volunteering at a free clinic every Thursday after school for two to three hours. The clinic only serves people without healthcare, so we mostly help the poor, homeless, and immigrants. As I continued to volunteer at the clinic every week, I developed the deep love I have for serving and caring for others.
A strong passion and a need for perfection drive me to settle for nothing less than my personal best in my areas of interest and their accompanying hobbies. In all honestly, however, while I have held the view of dentistry, specifically orthodontics, as my future profession for nearly as long as I can remember, the untamable internal fire that motivates in other pursuits of interest was, for the majority of that time, absent with respect to orthodontics. Growing up with a medical doctor for a mom, a bias for the field of medicine has always been a part of me. Early trips to my orthodontist however, altered that “destine” career path in a small sense, as his generosity and his obvious genuine enjoyment with his job, convinced me that perhaps
I remember when I got my license and was working as a staff nurse at our local hospital. The students would come in and I would love to help them learn more about their patients, yet, this did not draw me any closer to wanting a career in education.
My goal going into physical therapy, was to get better of course, but ultimately to continue to play the game I love. If I would not have done physical therapy, it would have lead to surgery, therefore setting me back months and prohibiting me to play the game I have so much passion
If I had to choose one activity to pursue, I would go with activity number one: assistant at Drake Dental. I would choose this one primary because it involves helping others. “We rise by lifting others” is a quote that resonates with me as I believe strongly in its message. My job, while it may be insignificant compared to others around the office, involves helping others by making sure everything runs smoothly. Whether it be scheduling an appointment, or simply greeting the patient as they walk in, my job is to ensure that the patient feels satisfied with their dental experience.
As a highly motivated dental assistant, I offered excellent clinical and customer relations and skills gained through the Air Force technical school training in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. I excelled in the Air Force Dental Assistant Program and graduated as the Honor Student with an overall grade of 97% number one in the class. The Honor Graduate is given to Airman who exemplify the "whole person" concept which included leadership, attitude, military bearing and behavior. Another award received was the Outstanding Leadership Award along with passing Infection Control and Radiology exams.
A few things have changed since last time I applied to dental school. I received my Dental Assistant certificate last year from the Delaware County Community College. I also obtained my Radiology and Health Safety certification through the Dental Assistant National Board. The certificate allows me to expose and develop dental radiographs. Due to my new certificates, I have been able to perform more duties at the dental practice like taking alginate impressions, mixing cements, exposing radiographs and chairside assisting .