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Vision, Mission & Values' Statement


Improving the health and quality of life of all North Carolinians by creating leaders with a passion to care for the underserved and by leading the nation in community-based, service learning oral health education.


The mission of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine is to:

  • Prepare leaders with outstanding clinical skills, an ethical bearing, sound judgment, and a passion to serve.

  • Provide educational opportunities for academically qualified individuals from historically underrepresented groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and underserved areas.

  • Provide and enhance oral health services for underserved North Carolinians through implementation of community-oriented service learning and interprofessional collaborations.

  • Foster a learning environment where collaboration, creativity, diversity and professionalism are embraced.

  • Influence future clinical practice and dental education through research, innovation and discovery.



  • Set the highest standard in achievement and performance

  • Delight all those we serve

  • Realize our full potential through continuous self-assessment and lifelong learning


  • Demonstrate responsibility, initiative, and accountability

  • Seek collaborations to make transformative change

  • Promote resourcefulness and stewardship


  • Promote the highest ideals of our profession

  • Demonstrate integrity and the courage to do what is right

  • Model ethical behavior, using trust, fairness, and honesty


  • Show compassion in all interactions

  • Contribute to the betterment of society


  • Embrace the value and strength of diversity

  • Build trust within our relationships and among all constituencies