The mission of the Doctor of Dental Surgery program is to graduate a dentist who can deliver patient care with a scientific basis and a caring manner. Through the integration of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences, the graduate dentist will be able to function effectively as the leader of the oral health care team to provide comprehensive oral health care for diverse populations in a constantly changing society. Graduates must be able to use the skills of problem solving, decision-making and evaluation so that behaviors and practices are derived from intentional choices. They must become lifelong learners, directing their professional growth during and beyond the educational programs.