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Mission, Vision and Values

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


Advancing health through excellence in patient care, education and discovery


To be the preeminent innovator in oral and craniofacial health worldwide


Our core leadership values encompass our operating philosophy and principles that guide us in our daily actions and decisions, as well as in our interactions with others.


We enthusiastically guide and support people at all levels to achieve their greatest potential; our people are our greatest asset.


We strive for excellence in everything we do.


We accept responsibility as individuals and as a community for our decisions and actions.


We embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to innovation, learning, mutual respect and excellence.


We are most successful when people actively participate at all levels and know their ideas are valued.


We respect the ideas, opinions, rights and dignity of all students, faculty, staff, patients, colleagues and community partners.

Social responsibility

We improve quality of life, invest in the communities we serve and advocate for underserved populations.


We perform to the highest standards of integrity, ethics, fairness and professionalism in our daily actions and interactions.


We encourage creativity, embrace new challenges and actively seek out opportunities to advance our field.


We collaborate in a transparent, supportive manner to share information, resources and ideas to achieve shared goals.

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Make Your Voice Heard

In February, the School of Dentistry will survey students, residents, faculty and staff to assess the climate of the school. We need your participation!

Learn more about the survey


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.


Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence — ideas that unite UCSF

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