Meet Jayneel Patel!
IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM!
I graduated from dental school back in my home country of India in 2011 and was involved in private dental practice for three long years before coming to the United States. After migrating to the United States, I kept chasing my dream to become a licensed practitioner over here. I spent numerous amounts of days preparing myself for the future challenges my journey to dental school was about to bring.
My first application cycle to dental school was a heartbreaking failure. After applying to almost everywhere, I did not have any luck getting interview calls despite of having a good GPA and boards scores. My second application cycle gave me little hope as I was waitlisted at a few schools. During that time, I started working in a dental lab and earned CDT license after clearing a couple of exams in dental technology.
I relocated from South Carolina to Alabama a year ago and initiated my third application cycle. With a cumulative of experiences as a dentist, dental assistant, and laboratory technician, I strengthened my profile and finally there was a day where I had acceptances from reputable universities including UAB. My eyes were set on UAB School of Dentistry since my very first cycle, which made my transition easy for the International Dentist Program.
As an IDP student and part of D3 class, I am proud to be a part of the program. This school offers great environment to learn lifelong values and knowledge as a dentist and as an individual. Our first semester as an IDP student was intensive and involved didactic and preclinical classes. However, we had enough time to learn and ease our transition to the regular D3 class. In addition, this year we have an unprecedented breakout of novel COVID-19 virus, which changed the way of how traditional dentistry is being taught. We are learning newer ways to advance the knowledge, and our faculties are going above and beyond to keep us on track.
Overall, my journey from a small town in India to UAB School of Dentistry had taught me many life lessons and skills and humbled me more than ever before.