The teachers should practice and demonstrate (role-model) interactions with patients that stress listening attentively, communicating clearly, understanding and solving patient problems, and always placing the welfare of the patient above personal interests.
Should accept and embrace cultural diversity, beliefs, different ways of thinking, and others’ priorities that are present among patients, faculty, staff, and other students.
Should maintain and promote a safe environment that prevents harassment of any nature at all levels and never abuse authority.
Should value other staff members and expect fellow faculty and students to treat them with respect and confidence as competent professionals.
Should treat intellectual property appropriately..
Should “treat” or “care for” patients—and never “work on” patients.
Be truthful in communications with patients about all aspects of dental care (diagnosis and treatment recommendations).
Should demonstrate to students how to communicate with patients in a truthful manner.
Should demonstrate to students how to describe clearly advantages and disadvantages of treatment alternatives to patients so that together can make the best possible decisions about their care.
Assume a responsibility to maintain our own professional development and assure that teaching materials are accurate, up to date, and appropriately credited.
Practice evidence-based decision-making in both patient care and in the classroom.
Should clearly demonstrate to students the importance of making decisions based on truth.
Readily admit when things go wrong or mistakes are made and take responsibility to make things right as soon as possible.
Always consistently act in good faith and work to build confidence in the credibility of TDC faculty.
Acknowledge that you are ultimately responsible for the quality of patient care in treatment centres—it should be everyone’s highest priority. Work with students to ensure that all patients under your supervision are treated well.
Make sure that what you teach and what you do will give the highest priority to the welfare of the patient at the highest level.
Enthusiastically encourage participation in community health care programs.
Support an environment that proactively prevents wrongdoing. Identify and report wrongdoing in the appropriate manner and promote others to do the same without fear of retribution.
Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of discussion about patients, students, and co-workers.
Honour time commitments, being punctual for lectures, labs, clinic, and meetings, and be are respectful of the time constraints of others.
Understand that teaching and learning is an active participatory process and that, in a profession that requires life-long learning, should take a proactive responsibility for our role in learning.
Should be fair and equal treatment of patients.
Understand their obligation to avoid bias when interacting with students.
Strongly support policies that eliminate all forms of prejudicial treatment.
Create an environment where everyone feels safe in expressing their opinions and concerns.
Deal with wrongdoing (detecting and reporting) with no bias.
Do not retaliate or allow others to retaliate for negative reports or evaluations.
We apply the rules of professional conduct and standards for student evaluation fairly.
Serve as role models for compassion in dealings with all patients.
Remember what it was like being a dental student. Understand that the road toward competence and proficiency is a work in progress and strive to support students through their struggles.
Work cooperatively with students to solve problems.
Strive to understand all sides of a story.
Understand that there may be external factors affecting the performance of others.
Understand that being compassionate toward everyone creates a positive environment for all.