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For my first blog posting, I thought that it would be fitting to share with you my graduation plaque that I received from dental school 13 years ago.

University of Southern California, School of Dentistry

“The Making of an Oral Health Professional”

I will dedicate my professional life to regarding each patient as a whole and complex person, promoting health to all people, identifying risk factors and serving as an advocate for disease prevention, using the very best clinical diagnostic strategies, providing the finest clinical treatments and therapeutics, and continuing to learn, revise, and enrich my knowledge throughout my career

I dedicate my life to the health of those who lives I directly or indirectly touch: my family and friends, the broader community, my individual patients and their families

I extend to the learned faculty, staff and fellow students my full respect and gratitude which is their due

I will always practice my profession with the highest integrity, thoughtful judgement, and skills derived from scientific evidence

I will always conduct myself with conscience, compassion, and dignity, with the health and wellbeing of my patients and community as the first consideration

I promise to respect the privacy of my patients

I will maintain by all means in my power the noble traditions of the dental profession

I will honor my fellow students as professional colleagues, and function in such a fashion as to earn their trust and respect and, together, we will nurture our shared humanity

I will always provide oral health care without consideration of religion, nationality, race or ethnicity, gender or sexual preference, disabilities, political choices or social and economic standing

I will always maintain the highest respect for human life

I will make these promises without hesitation, freely, and upon my honor

Dr. Joseph Y. Choi
Class of 2003

 
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