Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I am consistently impressed with the tenacity and complexity of the human body. It amazes me just how intricate the makeup of the human body truly is. It is constructed in such a strategic and harmonic manner that is almost unfathomable, yet entirely intriguing. The more I learn about the human body, the more I want to learn and the more I feel as though I have to learn.

A secure understanding of anatomy and physiology is one of the fundamental building blocks of any medical career. Without this crucial knowledge, one cannot expect to fully and properly examine, diagnose, and treat any patient. My long-term goal in life is to attend dental school and graduate a talented, capable, and intelligent dental professional. I want to graduate with my DDS/DMD and know that I am able to give my patients the finest care possible, by using my extensive background in anatomy to be able to look beyond statistics and common diagnosis discrepancies to provide the most accurate treatment. Summarily, I want to be the best dentist I can possibly be and I believe that the Master’s of Contemporary Human Anatomy at Eastern Virginia Medical School is my best gateway to this goal.

I currently work at a pediatric dental office in a low-income area of Portsmouth, VA. These children have essentially been the catalyst of my motivation and drive to not only become a dentist but to become the most proficient medical professional I can be. I have experienced nothing less than grateful families, hopeful children, and parents eager to learn about how to better their child’s wellbeing. I have gotten the privilege to meet some of America’s hardest workers at this office and I couldn’t be more grateful for the lessons these families have taught me about gratitude, faith, and most importantly resilience. Since high school, I have had my sights set on restoring dentition, but I have never felt a need stronger than I have now to go to be the most capable medical professional I can be.

Madeleine from Virginia
Eastern Virginia Medical School