The dental graduates during training in the institutions should acquire adequate knowledge, necessary skills, and reasonable attitudes which are required for carrying out all activities appropriate to a general dental practice involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of anomalies and diseases of the teeth, mouth, jaws and associated tissues. The graduate also should understand the concept of community oral health education and be able to participate in the rural health care delivery programs existing in the country.

1. Professionalism

On graduation, a dental practitioner must be able to:

  • demonstrate that patient safety is supreme in all decisions and actions
  • demonstrate appropriate caring behavior towards patients and respect professional boundaries between themselves and patients.
  • demonstrate that all interactions focus on the patient’s best interests and provide patient-centered care, respect patients’ dignity, rights, and choices
  • recognize the importance of continuing dental education for all members of the dental team
  • understand the ethical principles in dental practice
  • understand State and National legislation relevant to practice as a dental practitioner

2. Communication and Leadership

On graduation, a dental practitioner must be able to:

  • communicate and engage with patients, patient’s families, and communities about oral health
  • present clear information promptly regarding treatment options to be provided
  • communicate with other health professionals involved in patient care
  • engage in mentor/mentee activities and leadership within a healthcare team

3. Critical Thinking

  • understand the scientific method and the role of research in advancing knowledge and clinical practice

4. Scientific and Clinical Knowledge

On graduation, a dentist must be able to:

  • understand the biomedical, physical, and behavioral sciences of oral health and disease
  • understand the scientific principles and application of infection prevention and control
  • understand the scientific basis, application, and risks of using ionizing radiation
  • understand the scientific basis, application, limitations, and risks of using dental materials
  • understand the principles of pharmacology, the risks, and limitations of using therapeutic agents

5. . Patient Care

On graduation, a dentist must be able to:

  • obtain and record a relevant history of the patient’s medical, social, and oral health status
  • examine health, disease, and abnormalities of the dentition, mouth, and associated structures
  • select necessary clinical, pathology, and other diagnostic procedures and interpret results
  • take radiographs relevant to dental practice
  • evaluate individual patient risk factors for oral disease
  • maintain accurate, consistent records of patient management and protect patient privacy

6. Diagnosis and treatment Planning

On graduation, a dentist must be able to:

  • diagnose disease or abnormalities of the dentition, mouth, and associated structures and identify conditions that require management
  • determine the impact of risk factors, systemic disease, and medications on oral health and treatment planning
  • formulate and record a comprehensive, patient-centered, evidence-based oral health treatment plan
  • determine when and how to refer patients to the appropriate health professional
  • obtain and record patient informed consent and financial consent for treatment

7.Clinical Treatment and Evaluation

On graduation, a dentist must be able to:

  • apply the principles of disease and trauma prevention and early intervention in the management of the dentition, mouth, and associated structures
  • apply the principles of behavior management
  • manage a patient’s anxiety and pain related to the dentition, mouth, and associated structures
  • manage the surgical and non-surgical treatment of diseases and conditions of the periodontium and supporting tissues of the teeth or their replacements
  • manage the surgical and non-surgical treatment of pulp and periapical diseases and conditions with endodontic treatment
  • manage the loss of tooth structure by restoring the dentition with direct and indirect restorations
  • utilize patient removable prostheses to rehabilitate, restore appearance and function, prevent injury, and stabilize the occlusion
  • utilize fixed prostheses to rehabilitate, restore appearance and function, and stabilize the occlusion
  • manage oral conditions, pathology, and medically related disorders and diseases associated with the dentition, mouth, and associated structures
  • manage skeletal and dental occlusal discrepancies
  • manage the removal of teeth and oral surgical procedures
  • administer, apply, and/or prescribe pharmaceutical agents
  • evaluate and monitor the progress of treatment and oral health outcomes
  • manage dental emergencies
  • manage medical emergencies


A dental student needs to be trained in every aspect such that he/she is equipped to manage a dental practice with ease. This involves not only a sound knowledge of theory but also a wide set of skills, not limited to clinical excellence. Student training is designed to provide the desired dental attributes.

Students are trained to understand the duties and responsibilities of a dentist and courses are conducted to understand professional ethics.


The communication skills of the students are improved by assigning various seminar topics which are presented in front of the faculty and their peer group. This improves their communication skills and also helps them to attain a deeper knowledge of a particular topic. Presentations are required to be prepared and presented in Microsoft Powerpoint. This encourages students to develop a basic sense and technical know-how in computer applications and electronic data management.


Interpersonal communication skills are developed by engaging in mentor/mentee activities.


Students are encouraged to do paper /poster presentations in student conferences and undertake research work that promotes critical thinking.


Students are encouraged to undertake project activities that improve their academic knowledge. This promotes lateral thinking, problem-solving, and also team spirit.


Theoretical and clinical examinations are conducted to assess their level of understanding. Special steps like group discussion, demonstrations, additional viva, etc are conducted for slow learners to improve their academic performance.


Workshops, webinars, and CDE programs are conducted to expose the students to advanced knowledge. Value-added courses and add-con courses are organized. Interpersonal relationships among students are promoted by eradicating ragging from the campus.


Various cultural and sports events organized on the campus help the students to be receptive to such interactions while maintaining the decorum within the campus. Compassion is an attribute that is valued much on campus. Activities such as visits to underprivileged populations in society and camps are organized where free/subsidized treatments are provided.