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Mission, Vision and Values

Driven by our mission and true to our values, we seek to attain our vision

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Patient Care - Education - Service - Research


Advancing health for all


The School of Dentistry ascribes to UCSF's PRIDE values(pdf): Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.

Professionalism: To be competent, accountable, reliable and responsible, interacting positively and collaboratively with all colleagues, students, patients, visitors and business partners.

Respect: To treat all others as you wish to be treated, being courteous and kind, acting with utmost consideration of others.

 Integrity: To be honest, trustworthy and ethical, always doing the right thing, without compromising the truth, and being fair and sincere.

Diversity: To appreciate and celebrate differences in others, creating an environment of equity and inclusion with opportunities for everyone to reach their potential.

Excellence: To be dedicated, motivated, innovative and confident, giving your best every day, encouraging and supporting others to excel in everything they do.

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Learn More About School Climate

Results from the school climate survey will be available in fall 2018. Find out what our next steps are to make the School of Dentistry a welcoming and rewarding place in which to learn and work.

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The University of California describes diversity thusly:

“Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.” (ref: Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement)

Diversity at UCSF School of Dentistry has long been a matter of policy, and the focus of intense, concerted efforts to better understand how diversity benefits all of us. Our efforts align with the three targets of our mission: patient care, education and discovery. Some examples:

  • Patient care: At the school and campuswide levels, we strive to provide culturally competent and sensitive care. Many of our dental outreach activities target traditionally underserved patients, through initiatives such as the Community Dental Clinic and San Francisco's Mabuhay Health Center.
  • Education: The makeup of our dental student body reflects the diversity of San Francisco and the state at large. Efforts to further diversify our student body include the Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program, which particularly targets students from disadvantaged backgrounds, underserved communities and/or from groups traditionally underrepresented in the dental profession.
    • Training opportunities also are open to staff: Examples include the Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program, the quarterly diversity and inclusion training sessions, and a host of on-demand opportunities.
  • Discovery: At the campus level, the 11th annual Health Disparities Research Symposium highlights faculty and trainee research on health disparities.