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Our Philosophy

Six Values That Define Our Doctors And The Full Face Practice Philosophy

  1. Competence:
    • Encompasses the concept of knowing dentistry – having acquired the unique knowledge, skills, and abilities required for effective practice of dentistry; Also encompasses the knowledge of ethical principles and professional values
    • Life-long commitment to maintain skills and knowledge
    • Modeling appropriate values as a dental professional
    • Developing ability to communicate effectively with patients, peers, colleagues, and other professionals
    • Recognizing the limits of one’s own knowledge and skills – knowing when to refer
    • Recognizing and acting upon the need for collaboration with peers, colleagues, allied professionals, and other health professionals
    • Includes recognizing the need for new knowledge - supporting biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and educational research, and engaging in evidence-based practice
  2. Fairness:
    • Encompasses considerations of how to best distribute benefits and burdens
    • To each an equal share, to each according to need, to each according to effort, to each according to contribution, to each according to merit are some of the possible considerations
    • Encompasses even-handedness and consistency
    • Includes setting process standards, striving for just consideration for all parties, ensuring consistency in application of process (following the rules) while recognizing that different outcomes are possible in unbiased evaluation systems
    • Commitment to work for access to oral healthcare services for underserved populations
  3. Integrity:
    • Concept of wholeness and unity; Congruence between word and deed
    • Representing one’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments honestly and truthfully
    • Devotion to honesty and truthfulness, keeping one’s word, meeting commitments
    • Willingness to lead an examined life
    • Dedication to finding truth, including honesty with oneself
    • Willingness to engage in self-assessment and self-reflection
    • Commitment to excellence – requires more than just meeting minimum standards – making a continual conscientious effort to exceed ordinary expectations
    • Encompasses fortitude
  4. Responsibility:
    • Encompasses the concepts of obligation, duties, and accountability
    • Requires an appreciation of the fiduciary relationship (a special relationship of trust) between dentists and patients and the profession and society
    • It requires striking a morally defensible balance between self-interest and the interest of those who place their trust in us, our patients and society
    • It requires keeping one’s skills and knowledge current and a commitment to lifelong learning
    • It requires embracing and engaging in self-regulation of the profession, including peer review and protecting from harm those who place their trust in us
  5. Respect:
    • Encompasses acknowledgment of the autonomy and worth of the individual human being and his/her belief and value system
    • Personal commitment to honour the rights and choices of individuals regarding themselves and their oral healthcare
    • For patients requires confidentiality, privacy, and informed consent – derives from our fiduciary relationship with patients
    • Also accorded to colleagues in dentistry and other health professions, students and other learners, institutions, systems, and processes
    • Includes temperance – maintaining vigilance about protecting persons from inappropriate over- or under treatment and/or abandonment - and tolerance
  6. Service-Mindedness:
    • Encompasses the obligation to benefit others or to seek their good as well as the primacy of the needs of the patient and/or society - those who place their trust in us
    • Patient needs, not self-interest, should guide the actions of dentists
    • Also includes compassion and empathy
    • Providing compassionate care requires a sincere concern for and interest in humanity and a strong desire to relieve the suffering of others
    • Empathic care requires the ability to understand and appreciate another person’s perspectives without losing sight of one’s professional role and responsibilities