Vision of The University of the West Indies

An excellent global university rooted in the Caribbean


Mission of The University of the West Indies

To advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the wider world.


Core Values of The University of the West Indies

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Gender Justice
  • Diversity
  • Student Centredness


Mission Statement of the

Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine

To train health professionals to meet the needs and improve the care of those whom they serve. To strive for professional excellence while contributing to the social, economic and cultural development of the Caribbean and inculcating in graduates as attitude of lifelong learning, ethical conduct and excellence in service and research.


Aims of the School of Dentistry Programme at St. Augustine

  1. Provide the high standards of dental education and training, and maintain the academic identity of dental education in an overall university context within the Caribbean region.
  2. Provide to its students a keen sense of professional ethic and responsibility to the community.
  3. Provide, through example, leadership to the profession and develop professional interaction with the community.
  4. Provide equity and equal opportunity to its staff and students.


General Objectives of the DDS Programme

Upon successful completion of the D.D.S. programme, the D.D.S. graduate will be able to:

  1. Relate knowledge of basic medical and dental subjects to the clinical practice of dentistry.
  2. Identify the requirements for managing a dental team, practice, and recognize the need for Continuous Professional Education.
  3. Utilize information technology appropriately and be able to critically evaluate dental literature.
  4. Communicate effectively with patients to obtain informed consent and elicit medical, dental, social and family histories.
  5. Skillfully examine a patient especially the head, neck, and oral cavity.
  6. Select, execute and interpret appropriate diagnostic tests for patients.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving by collating patient data from the history, examination and diagnostic tests and diagnose dental disease.
  8. Demonstrate clinical decision-making by formulating an appropriate treatment plan based on patient’s diagnoses.
  9. Recognize the limitations of their skills and make appropriate referrals to medical and dental professionals
  10. Manage and treat dental disease in children.
  11. Manage and treat dental disease in adults.
  12. Educate patients and their families, communities on the prevention of dental disease.
  13. Execute their clinical practice in an empathic, ethical, and professional manner and practice within the legal and professional body regulatory framework of their particular jurisdiction.
  14. Appreciate the social, cultural, economic, political factors that impact dental disease patterns and the provision of oral health care.