ICD honors new fellows from Dominican Republic and Haiti
NEW YORK, U.S.: For the first time in its history, the International College of Dentists (ICD) has inducted a group of fellows from the Dominican Republic. This took place in a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1, during the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) in New York City. The college honored this first group of fellows in preparation for the international centennial induction ceremony taking place in Japan next year. The New York event was one of many celebrations happening around the world to mark 100 years of the ICD.
“All for one, one for all” was the newly elected ICD International President Dr. Akira Senda’s presidential message for the centennial year. During the ceremony, Senda encouraged all fellows worldwide to connect and become united under one college. As part of the centennial initiative, the ICD has reached out to dental professionals on the island of Hispaniola by encouraging the Dominican Republic and Haiti to be recognized and take their rightful places in the ICD’s global community of honored fellows. It is emblematic of the centennial year that citizens of these two countries with distinctly different cultures and languages have come together under the banner of the united ICD fellowship.
The New York ceremony welcomed inductees from the Caribbean nations and Central America and was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, home base for GNYDM, which has proved to be a great gathering place for ICD fellows from these developing nations.
The fellows were greeted by college leaders and affiliated dental organizations and received the official ICD symbols and certificates. The highlight of the event was when the fellows took the ICD fellowship pledge and solemnly swore to actively live the college mission, to put their interests second to those of their patients, to care for disadvantaged persons in need of their professional services, and to uphold the highest ethical and educational standards. In turn, the ICD promised to continue to support the next generation of fellows in their noble endeavors.
More information about the upcoming ICD centennial can be found here.