Dear Valued Patient, Friends and Family,
Thank you for your continued support and love throughout many years. It has been twenty years since I graduated from dental school. Before I saw my first patient in dental school, I swore to uphold this oath. This is an oath that I hold dearly in my dental profession and it has been a guidance for my personal life. I feel deeply responsible for the duties laid out in my professional oath and I carefully execute it every day. It goes like this:
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Professional Oath
“In light of all I hold sacred, in the presence of my family, friends, and teachers, I pledge to fulfill my obligations as a member of the dental profession. My responsibility is to promote the health of the community and the persons I serve. The health of my patients will be my first commitment. My privileges depend upon the trust of my patients. I will not violate that trust. I will respect all that is confided in me. I will do no harm. I will honor my patients’ dignity. I will be their zealous advocate, guided by their will, sensitive to their feelings, needs, and thoughts. I respect and cherish the lives of all persons. I will not discriminate against any person in my decisions and care. I recognize the limits of my competence. I will seek the knowledge and inspiration of my colleagues whenever my patients’ needs require. I will strive to improve the knowledge and skills I profess to have. I am responsible for contributing to an improved community. I will strive to prevent disease and to correct adverse social conditions. I will serve as both a teacher and a role model for my patients, my successors, and the public. I am responsible for upholding my profession’s integrity. I will strive to counsel those deficient in character or competence and expose those who engage in fraud or deception. I will not use my medical knowledge in any way contrary to the laws of humanity. With this oath, I willingly assume these responsibilities. If I honor this oath, may I be granted fulfillment and joy in my practice of the art of dentistry, respected while I live, and remembered with affection thereafter.”
I am very thankful to our Dean, Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, for giving me and my colleagues this invaluable wisdom. I feel very happy and fortunate that I have been able to fulfill most of my responsibilities in this oath. Yes, another marvelous year has gone by and I look forward to the next exciting year ahead.
I wish you and your family a Joyful Holiday Season and
a Peaceful, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.