Case Study : Texas Mission Of Mercy Essay

825 Words Jan 21st, 2016 4 Pages
It wasn’t until participating in Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) that I became interested in dentistry. It all started when my best friend convinced me to join American Student Dental Alliance (ASDA) with her. Initially I was hesitant, but I wanted to try to open up and experiment with careers in college. Although I was a member, I was not as active in the organization at first. However, this all changed when I decided to attend the most promoted event of the year, TMOM. TMOM provides free dental care to low income residents in Texas. I was able to observe and assist dentists and dental students for the first time. One lady, in particular, was physically abused by her husband, and she had many missing front teeth. The dentist was able to repair her smile and give her the smile she deserved. It was an incredible experience being able to witness the transformation of a person’s confidence. Another man travelled from Abilene to Dallas with his whole family to receive dental treatments. It showed how important dental health is to people. TMOM was the turning point of my life because it inspired me to pursue dentistry as a career. The people I encountered at this event really impacted my career change.
One reason why I chose dentistry is because the connection they build with their patients. While I was volunteering at Dentistry from the Heart, the dentist asked me to try to calm down a crying Vietnamese girl as they were waiting to finish her extraction. I wanted to keep her mind…

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