The Kornberg School of Dentistry promotes health and wellness through the comprehensive education of diverse general and specialty dentists utilizing inter-professional collaboration; providing compassionate, comprehensive, patient-centered, evidence-based and outcome-driven oral health care; engaging in research and scholarly activities; and serving the community.
The Kornberg School of Dentistry endeavors to distinguish itself as a dynamic teaching and learning community in which dental students and residents are inspired to become progressive healthcare practitioners, proactive public health advocates, inquisitive life-long learners, and innovative leaders in addressing present and future healthcare challenges.
The principles that guide our relationships with each other, our academic, professional and community partners, and our patients are:
Ethics: We adhere to the duties outlined in the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Conduct, which are based on five ethical principles for conduct:
- Patient Autonomy: The duty to respect the patient's rights to self-determination and confidentiality.
- Non-maleficence ("do not harm"): The duty to protect patients from harm.
- Beneficence ("do good"): The duty to respect and promote the welfare of patients.
- Justice (fairness): The duty to treat patients fairly.
- Veracity (truthfulness): The duty to communicate truthfully.
Professionalism: We abide by the following professional and collegiality standards:
- Care for our academic environment.
- Due process in making decisions to ensure that all parties have an opportunity to explain their perspectives before a decision is made.
- Ethical conduct in academic, clinical and research activities.
- Integrity by being honest and adhering to moral principles of conduct.
- Respect for each other and the many perspectives present in our communications about one another and the school, and engage in respectful, objective dialog.
Excellence: We seek to always be better through self-reflection and collective critical analysis, regardless of our level of knowledge and expertise.
Compassion: We care about our patients and each other.
Inter-professionalism: We collaborate with other healthcare providers to improve overall health and wellness.
Humanism: We recognize and respect the intrinsic value of each person and care deeply about the welfare of the community.
Critical thinking: We determine the appropriate way to solve problems by applying evidence-based knowledge, and we analyze our successes as well as our failures to learn how we can improve.
Innovation: We create new models and explore novel solutions to improve the health of our communities.