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Welcome to the SOD Education Student Handbook. The handbook has been developed by the SOD Learner Success Center to support students and faculty locate, understand and apply SOD and UCSF education policies and procedures. It is a live document so please check this homepage periodically for updates and announcements.

You navigate the handbook using the left navigation bar. Make sure to expand all arrows if applicable.

If you have any feedback or questions, please contact the Learner Success Center and we will be happy to assist (email:

The Learner Success Center: we help learners find answers to the questions that will support them to grow, flourish, and be successful in dental school. To transform lives and fulfill potential we work in partnership with our learners to respond to their needs.

Learn more about the Learner Success Center here.

SOD: Statement of Educational Philosophy

We, the faculty, students, and staff of the UCSF School of Dentistry, are committed to fostering an environment of mutual trust and respect. We believe this goal requires clear communication, compassion for others, and enthusiasm for the dental profession. To this end, we accept personal responsibility for our interactions with patients and colleagues and we encourage one another through constructive guidance. This team philosophy will be the foundation of all our endeavors, even in challenging times. In this way we will continue to achieve academic and clinical excellence, create lifelong professional partnerships and provide lasting contributions to the greater community.

SOD: Mission, Vision and Values

SOD: Competency Statements

Find Student Resources, Additional Resources, and Frequently Used Forms HERE

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