Ninety aspiring physicians were inducted this month into St. George’s University’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society for the 2020-2021 academic year. The prestigious award recognizes students, residents, and faculty who exemplify compassionate patient care and serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine.
“Being inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society is a testament to the character of our medical students when it comes to treating and caring for patients with the utmost care and compassion,” said Dr. Stephen Weitzman, dean emeritus of the School of Medicine. “It is a recognition of them as finest exemplars of the best ideals of medicine—characteristics that are especially critical to portray during the global healthcare crisis.”
The School of Medicine held a virtual ceremony on June 2 to celebrate the latest inductees. Clinical students from the 2019-2020 class also attended the event as their induction was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inductees were chosen from approximately 400 peer nominations. Students were invited to nominate their clinical peers who demonstrated exemplary patient care, devotion to the community and the underprivileged, trustworthiness, and strong listening skills reflective of the ideal SGU medical student. In addition, students must be in good academic standing. New members were chosen from among the nominees by a committee of SOM faculty and administration.
“It is a great honor to become a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society—only a small portion of each class receive this well-respected accolade,” said Dr. Cheryl Cox-Macpherson, SGU GHHS chapter advisor, and chair of the bioethics division of SOM’s Department of Clinical Skills. “We are so proud of these students and know these qualities will guide them in their careers as compassionate and caring physicians.”
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation established the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) in 2002 out of a desire to foster and acknowledge humanism during medical education. Since its inception, the GHHS has been established at more than 160 medical schools, awarding thousands of students with honors. The SGU chapter was established in 2004.
– Laurie Chartorynsky