Honos Civicus at the School of Dental Medicine

Overview

The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Honos Civicus Society Class of 2015 at TUSDM.  Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating predoctoral and postdoctoral students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon TUSDM’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to active citizenship throughout their careers.

Benefits

The benefits of membership in the Honos Civicus Society include:

  • Recognition at a ceremony of the Class of 2015 Tufts Dental, Medical, and Nutrition students and residents accepted into the Honos Civicus Society.
  • Recognition at graduation, with a notation in the Senior Biography publication and an Honos Civicus pin for the commencement gown.
  • Featured on the Tisch College website and other Tufts University publications.
  • Membership in the Honos Civicus alumni group, an alumni network of active citizen health professionals.

Strong candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and civic engagement.  (This must be beyond the minimum expected for degree requirements which include the required off-site rotations and community service learning externship.)
  • Demonstrated dedication and/or leadership.
  • Made a positive impact on the community served and on you as an individual.
  • An outstanding record of professionalism and ethical behavior.
  • Must be in good academic and professional standing.

The application includes:

  • Description of your community service/civic engagement.
  • Summary statement of the impact on the community/communities served and on you as an individual.
  • Essay Question (Choice of one of three prompts)

Applicants must complete the online application by midnight, Friday, February 20.

Timeline

  • Applications for the Class of 2015 are due by midnight on Friday, February 20
  • Honorees will be notified by Friday, March 27
  • Recognition luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 12th from 12-2:00 pm

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Workshops for more information

To aid in the application process, Nancy Marks, TUSDM Community Service Learning Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Community Service, TUSDM will hold an optional workshop(s) to help you develop your application. Workshop Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 27th from 12-1, Drop in at a table at Food for Thought
  •  Monday, February 9th from 12-1, Drop in at a table at Food for Thought.

Review of Application

The application review will be blinded and your application will be judged on the following attributes: Leadership, Effort, Consistency, Continuity and Sustainability

Considerations include:

  • The length and depth of your community service/civic engagement involvement.
  • The degree to which your community service/civic engagement has made a lasting and/or meaningful contribution or impact on the community served.
  • The extent to which your community service/civic engagement has made a lasting and/ or meaningful impact on you as an individual.
  • Quality of your application.

Applicants will receive a notification of acceptance or non-acceptance by Friday, March 27.

Review Committee Members:

  • Kathryn Dolan, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service, TUSDM, Adjunct Faculty,Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
  • Nicholas Gordon, DMD, MPH, Dental Public Health Resident and former TUSDM Honos Civicus recipient
  • Robert Kasberg, Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, TUSDM
  • John Morgan, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service, TUSDM, Adjunct Faculty Tisch College
  • Mindy Nierenberg, Senior Director, Tisch College Programs, Tisch College of Citezenship and Public Service, Tufts University
  • Jane Steffensen, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service, TUSDM
  • Wanda Wright, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service, TUSDM, Adjunct Faculty Tisch College
  • Cynthia Yered-Mclaughlin, Clinical Associate Professor, Public Health and Community Service, TUSDM

Responsibilities and Additional Information

  • Please email kathryn.dolan@tufts.edu if you have questions about the honos civicus and/or the application process.
  • To aid in the application process, Nancy Marks, TUSDM Community Service Learning Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Community Service, TUSDM will hold optional workshops to help you develop your application. These will be held Tuesday, January 27th from 12-1, Drop in at a table at Food for Thought and Monday, February 9th from 12-1, Drop in at a table at Food for Thought.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is active citizenship? 
Active citizenship includes the ability to:

  • Think critically about civic problems
  • Engage effectively with diverse individuals and communities
  • Communicate powerfully
  • Collaborate effectively with individuals and groups
  • Understand your own values, motivations, passions and ethics and act on them
  • Recognize one’s responsibility to a larger community

What types of activities should I have participated in to apply for Honos Civicus?
Suggested activities and/or combination of activities – above and beyond degree requirements – include but are not limited to the following:

  • Community outreach through TUSDM student organization(s) or self-initiated volunteer service through membership in non-University affiliated program that involves underserved or vulnerable community or population group(s).
  • Leadership role in TUSDM student organization(s) involved in community service.
  • Public health related research project that is self-initiated or supported by the student research fellowship program.
  • Extensive participation in dental public health journal club and associated community or public policy activities.
  • Elective public health coursework and associated community or public policy activities.
    • Significant contribution through public health advocacy.
    • Written works (e.g., featured story, newsletter article, reflection or journal article).
    • Innovative idea/product (e.g., website, downloadable app, teaching/learning technique, product line, other).

Do I need to be nominated in order to apply?
There is NO nomination requirement for Honos Civicus.  If you have participated in community service or civic engagement above and beyond what is required at TUSDM, you may apply directly for Honos Civicus by completing the application on this website.

Application

If you are a graduating predoctural student or postdoctoral resident interested in being considered for the Honos Civicus Society, please complete the following application and submit by midnight, February 20th.

If you are a graduating predoctural student or postdoctoral resident interested in being considered for the Honos Civicus Society, please complete the following application and submit by midnight, February 20th.
  • Application Questions

    Please answer all three questions and limit each response to fewer than 400 words per question.
  • Question 1: Choose ONE of three essay prompts.

    (Please limit response to 500 words)

    Describe how your experiences in the community or with civic engagement will impact your future choices as a health professional. (How it might influence your future career such as where you choose to practice, how you set up your practice, type of practice, your involvement in your community professionally and personally, and volunteerism, etc.)

    Compare and contrast two community service and/or civic engagement experiences that you have had while at TUSDM – one early in your career and one more recently. (For example: Illustrate how your approach and/or reaction to the community changed over time. Describe how your academic and co-curricular preparation contributed to this change in approach or reaction. Describe how your understanding of health care policy/reform changed. Describe what you have learned about advocacy on the state and/or national level.)

    Describe how a particular academic course(s) or research project prepared you for work in the community, and how your community work influenced your understanding of the material in those courses or research. (Explain how your understanding of academic materials and community experiences were deepened from connecting the two.)
  • Question 2:

  • Describe the benefit to the community and what you learned about yourself, public health, community partnerships, health care, communication, etc.
  • Question 3: Please describe your community service and/or civic engagement above and beyond what is required for academic credit during your time at TUSDM

    Please include all of your activities including one-time events, responsibilities that you assumed including leadership roles, length of service for each activity and any other pertinent information.
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