CORE VALUES: A SPIRITUAL APPROACH FOR NEW DENTAL PROFESSIONALS

Dr. Surekha Rathod, Dr. Jaishree Chahande, Dr. Usha Radke

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Introduction: Health professionals usually have low morale & burnout. Core values are the foundation of the spiritual approach. Knowing and living by our values enriches our self-development and leads to an understanding of the purpose of our lives. Values in health care programme are based on three principles viz., physician heal thyself, learning through experience and relevance to work.

Material and Methods: An introduction to the theme, warm up followed by structural program and activities was started with 2-minute meditation followed by a 2- hour lecture on core values, ethics and professionalism and a small group discussion. The students were asked to think of the values that reflected from them, songs, poems, quotes, books and images and a feedback form was duly filled.

Results: 95 % participants believed that moral, ethics, honesty, consciousness, positivity, punctuality, kindness, hard work, creativeness and truthfulness added orientation focus and enhanced teamwork. All 100% participants believed that it built team spirit, creativity, truthfulness, compassion, positivity, honesty, motivation, cooperation, and punctuality.

Conclusion: The present study revealed a positive learning behavior among values in health care towards personal and professional level. Dental teachers should engage students more effectively in orientating them to the essential values needed in dental practice and contribute towards building a more effective and proactive dental health service to the society


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core values, spirituality, professionalism

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