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Alleged dental student social media activities at Dalhousie University

The Ontario Dental Association is shocked and disappointed to learn about the alleged social media activities by dental students at Dalhousie University.

Ontario's dentists recognize the privilege granted to us to practice dentistry, and our professional, moral and ethical responsibilities to our patients and to our colleagues. The alleged activities do not represent nor reflect the ethical standards of our profession. There is no place for misogynistic or violent attitudes or behaviors in our society or the dental profession.

The Nova Scotia Dental Association is the voice of dentistry in that province and is best positioned to discuss the specifics of this particular incident.

Background: CODE OF CONDUCT OF THE ONTARIO DENTAL ASSOCIATION

We, the members of The Ontario Dental Association, recognizing the privilege granted to us to practice dentistry, and assuming our professional, moral and ethical responsibilities, pledge that we shall adhere to and uphold this Code of Conduct.

We shall:

  1. Recognize and respect the worth and dignity of all persons who entrust themselves to our care;
  2. Recognize and respect the integrity and ability of our peers in the profession, unless unwarranted;
  3. When necessary, and without prejudice, provide understanding guidance to our fellow dentists to ensure that public trust and confidence in the profession will grow and endure;
  4. Render, or arrange to have rendered, dental care of the highest calibre, consistent with our individual abilities, our patient's physical and other needs and their socio-economic requirements;
  5. Hold in strictest confidence all personal information revealed to us;
  6. Determine our fees fairly and carefully, considering the time, responsibility, and skills required for the services rendered;
  7. Continue our professional education and development throughout our careers and support and encourage our colleagues accordingly;
  8. Encourage and promote the dental and oral health of the people of Ontario, and the prevention of dental and oral disease;
  9. Using good common-sense, treat our fellow man as we ourselves would wish to be treated;
  10. Recognize that patients have the right to attend the dentist of their choice and that no dentist should participate in any plan which in any way limits that choice.