BEHIND THE CURTAIN

About 2 years ago I started my journey towards the process of applying and securing an admission into a dental school in the US for a DDS degree. I am an international dentist from India, and always saw the journey of reaching the US such a far-fetched goal. I was confused, scared, and at times, even had that sinking feeling of self-doubt thinking to myself, ‘Will I ever be able to achieve my dream of becoming a DDS graduate?’

I graduated from a dental college in Bangalore, India, and am about to start school in the US this year for obtaining my DDS degree. I have been in your shoes, and have gone through the same struggle, living in that pool of confusion wherein I received differing advice, and also having my fair share of ups and downs. Just when things were looking bright for me, I would face a hurdle which undermined my self-esteem and confidence. I came in as a fresh graduate, and I felt I had nothing going for me. But let me tell you, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We all come in with such wonderful, significant experiences, and having such big dreams of practicing in the US clearly means we come in with a great deal of determination and motivation. That really is the most important quality!

They say great experiences are better when shared. Having successfully reached the other side, I hope to use this platform to share with you my experiences, mistakes, and what I learnt from my journey, in order to help you all achieve your dream of becoming dentists in the US. Personally, I wish I had similar resources during my experience, and my goal is to help anyone who is in a similar boat as I was, achieve their goals. I hope to bring in some positive reinforcement, be your strength and backbone, and guide you through this long, and arduous process.


  • Why dentistry?

  • Is Medicine a better career option than Dentistry?

  • How can I become a dentist?

  • What can I do after obtaining a BDS degree from my home country?

  • What are the steps and processes required to obtain a DDS degree as an international dentist, from a dental school in the US?

If you’re someone asking any/all of these questions, you’re in the right place.

And so, I welcome you to Life Under the Oath, a series of blogs by me and a fellow general surgeon junior resident. We plan to share with you our respective experiences in dental and medical school, as well as some information about the journey towards obtaining a license in the United States.

- Future DDS graduate 



                     “Medicine is a science of uncertainty, an art of probability.”          – William Osler

Hi friends and future fellow doctors,I am here to share and live the journey of becoming the ever-coveted professionals we aim to become.

Being a doctor has different meanings for each and every one entering medical and dental school. Some are here because of pure passion to do some good to the society and earn respect, some are here to attain a greater status and some are here because of their parental pressure. Nevertheless, each one of us traverse the same length of rigorous training and share the same laughter and tears.

Medical school shapes us up into the future physicians and surgeons we want and always envisioned to become but what to do once we finish medical school? This is the question which racks the nerves of even the best in this field. Do I have an aptitude for Medicine or am I more inclined to holding the scalpel? These are life-changing decisions we take for ourselves and is not easy to say the least. I have had to spend three long years researching and breaking my head over hundred websites and videos to finally decide a path for myself.

Experience counts the most in our field and that is why I am here. I am here to share my experiences with you as a medical student, intern and currently a junior resident which will help you in making well – informed decisions of your own. Along the way we would be addressing a few of the most crucial questions creeping up on our minds –

  1. Why Medicine?

  2. Is Medicine a better career option than Dentistry?

  3. What can I do after obtaining a MBBS degree from my home country?

  4. What are the steps and processes required to obtain a residency spot in US?

  5. What are the various pathways for postgraduation in India?

And so, I welcome you to Life Under the Oath, a series of blogs by me and a fellow dentist from India who is also about to start dental school as a part of the International Dentist Program in the US. We plan to share with you our respective experiences in dental and medical school, as well as some information about the journey towards obtaining a license in the United States as well as continuing your further education in India.

                      -Future General Surgeon

 
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