Pediatric dental resident
As an undergraduate, Bushra Bhatti spent a summer interning in the Virginia
Department of Pediatric Dentistry where she realized how perfectly the
experience married her interests in dentistry and public health.
"The program exposed me to many aspects of pediatric dentistry, from patient
care to evidence-based dentistry to policy issues affecting the care of
children," said Bhatti, now a pediatric dentistry resident at VCU. "I saw
what the lack of oral health care could have on children firsthand, as well as
how early education and care could prevent many children from the deleterious
effects of poor dentition."
The shortage of access to specialty care, combined with the opportunity to be an
advocate for oral health education and prevention, motivated Bhatti, a North
Carolina native, to pursue a career as a pediatric dentist.
"Many counties in my home state did not have a single pediatric dentist," Bhatti
said. "Moreover, pediatric dentists serve special needs children who may
need supervision when performing normal oral care. Without access to a
pediatric dentist, maintaining a healthy dentition for patients and their
caregivers can be difficult."
The intellectual stimulation of chemistry and biology along with the personal
interaction between provider and patient fuel Bhatti's passion to provide
quality care to children in need.
"Pediatric dentists have a real opportunity to education children and parents on
the importance of good oral health," she said. "Being able to help
children is a professional and personal goal that I am excited to pursue."
"I would also love to educate future pediatric dentists in an academic setting."
Listen to Bushra talk about the pediatric dentistry program at the VCU School of Dentistry.