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Mission, Vision, Goals

Mission and Vision




Mission:

The mission of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine is to educate dentists and improve the oral health of the region through patient care, research / scholarship and service.





Vision:

The School of Dental Medicine will be nationally recognized for excellence in contemporary dental education that is delivered in an environment of inclusiveness and respect.






Goals:

The Goals of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine are to:

Education

  • Provide predoctoral and postdoctoral students with a quality education that integrates evidence-based knowledge and skills in the clinical, biomedical, and behavioral sciences necessary to become competent and proficient practitioners.

  • Develop practitioners who think critically, value life-long learning and exhibit ethical decision-making and professionalism.

Patient Care

  • Provide comprehensive and patient-centered dental care for patients in our clinics.
  • Improve access to oral health care in the region through the practice of our graduates.

Research / Scholarship

  • Provide an environment for the faculty and students that promotes, encourages and supports research / scholarship.
  • Provide an environment that promotes collaborative research / scholarly activities among School, University and external colleagues.

Service

  • Address the oral health needs of the region through continuing dental education, oral health literacy and community service efforts.
  • Provide leadership and service through faculty, staff and student participation in University, community and professional activities.



Approved by the SDM Faculty Assembly on December 20, 2010