GREAT EXPECTATIONS MENTORING PROGRAM
This program is endorsed by the International College of Dentists USA Section.
Great Expectations is a professional
mentoring program which calls on that peer influence to help guide the student
toward more professional and ethical conduct. At its core the new student is
assigned an upper classmate who has already demonstrated strong ethical and
professional behavior. The under classmate is also assigned a faculty mentor
and a practicing dentist from the local community who will have a growing role
in the student’s development as the student progresses toward graduation.
setting and environment of this mentoring activity is always to be informal,
enjoyable and without pressure. The intent is to create a trusting and
collegial atmosphere for the maturing professional, thereby teaching
professionalism and ethical behavior by example rather than by exam.
concepts underlying this program are contained in the precepts fostered by Dr.
Arthur Dugoni during his many years as teacher and Dean of the University of
the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
in a nutshell are his principles: Build people - by inspiration.
self-worth - by building on the positive.
a sense of family.
students “doctor” from day one.
an environment of trust based on integrity.
a passion for fairness.
an environment of Zero Tolerance for: Arrogance
Communicate at every level, and demonstrate
often the qualities of a humanistic educational model.
To find out more information about starting a Great Expectations Mentoring Program in your area, please email the USA Section Office at [email protected].