The overall mission of the Division of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is to provide the residents with an education that enables them to be qualified clinicians with scientific aptitude and ethical sensitivity through:
- delivery of evidence-based orthodontic care of the highest standards, concomitant with the requirements of the American Board of Orthodontics, and development of an enduring commitment to these standards with a self-renewing dedication to continued education and meaningful application of biotechnological advances;
- conduct of research rooted in rigorous science with creative and critical thinking, aiming to answer questions with direct or eventual clinical significance, and worthy of communication through peer reviewed publications;
- promoting a commitment to serve disadvantaged individuals, and collegial interaction with other professionals and organizations.
This mission statement complements the AUB and AUBMC mission statements (Appendix, Ia,b).
The basic objective of the program is to expand the limits of practice and research for the orthodontic residents, thus enhancing their contribution to healthcare and quality of life. The graduates are encouraged to use empirical methods to manage and promote clinical and professional issues guided by the acknowledged norms of science, ethics and service to the community.
Our vision is to provide a collegial environment that fosters scholarship, educating residents as scholarly clinicians under the “physician-scientist” or “scientist-practitioner” model, which emphasizes the development of scientifically-based clinical practice skills and research abilities, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration. We strive to nurture a culture where:
- The patient comes first in oral health care that includes not only treatment but also education in prevention of disease, and
- The resident adheres to work ethics, creative and analytical thinking, clinical proficiency, and compassion to maintain the priority of the patient’s health through moral and professional conduct.