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T H E G LO B E 201 6 I N T E R NAT I O NAL THE EDITORS PEN Its not unusual to observe an inquirers confused expression when listening to the description of the ICD. Usually the conversation will focus on the justifiable pride in our admirable humanitarian work educational programs and demonstrated leadership throughout the world. These qualities are fundamental to describing what the College does however they do not focus on the most admirable distinction of membership in the College. The reference shared in both the ICD motto recognize service and the opportunity to serve and in the mission statement recognition of outstanding professional achievement and meritorious service is recognition. From early on this was clearly the Colleges raison dtre. While humility is admirable and a familiar trait shared among Fellows the founding fathers understood that publicly recognizing dentists who have made major contributions to the enhancement of oral health and the profession creates shining role models for colleagues to emulate. And to those outside the profession ICDs preeminent international recognition illuminates the less publicly heralded values of dentists namely altruism humanitarianism leadership and education. The impeccable credentials of ICD Fellows are readily acknowledged and enshrined in the collective understanding that every new inductee has successfully passed through rigorous selection procedures including a scrutinized peer- review nomination process. In fact it is the most stringent of any honor society for dentists in the world. Only then can a dentist be admitted to the College and share the enviable bond of humanitarianismcollegialityandmutualrespectthattranscends all manner of national borders religions race cultural heritage and ideology in over 100 countries. No wonder the ICD has earned and robustly retains the venerated position of being the oldest and largest honor society for dentists in the world. We cannot overlook however that this singular position of the ICD also bears responsibility to recognize all who are deserving of the honor. The College leadership has put into action concrete strategy to identify and recognize deserving dentists throughout the world. Part of that strategy requires that we do a better job explaining the College to the public and potential Fellows. And for that we have to be unhesitant about heralding the unparalleled unforgiving prerequisites of character and accomplishments required for a College invitation. These qualities along with the pristine global esteem reflected on those who have earned the FICD title demonstrate what is truly unique about the College and unequivocally distinguish its members. Every College inductee has successfully passed through rigorous selection procedures including a multi-layered carefully scrutinized peer review nomination process. In fact it is the most stringent of any honor society for dentists in the world. THE EDITORS PEN WHAT IS TRULY UNIQUE ABOUT THE COLLEGE S. Dov Sydney Editor-in-Chief I N T E R NAT I O NAL Every College inductee has THE EDITORS PENTHE EDITORS PENTHE EDITORS PEN Every College inductee has HAT IS TRULY UNIQUE ABOUT THE COLLEGE 8 Journal of the International College of Dentists