NYMC’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter, led by fourth-year medical students, commemorated the annual Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care from February 15 - 19. NYMC joined medical schools across the country in celebrating this nationwide movement to promote provider-patient relationships based on caring, personalization and mutual respect. Student leaders Adrian Romero, Shilpa Vijayakumar, Kelvin Luu, and Sarah Hochendoner led three campaigns at Westchester Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital Center: Tell Me More, Give Thanks, and Take Five Minutes. The three campaigns were well received by patients, staff, physicians, and administration who recognize the importance of humanism in medicine.
Tell Me More
Concerned that medicine is becoming depersonalized, medical students set forth to learn more about their patients and share it with their patients’ care providers. GHHS members asked their patients three questions: 1. What are your strengths? 2. How would your friends describe you? 3. What has been most meaningful to you? They then crafted signs with the answers to display over their patients’ beds. “It was heartwarming to see the new conversations that sparked in every patient-provider encounter,” said Mr. Luu “One patient even remarked, ’I’m glad everyone knows just a little more about me.’”
The Give Thanks campaign took place at Metropolitan Hospital Center with the help of Shobhana A. Chaudhari, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and site director for internal medicine. Medical students provided patients, patients' family members and staff with the opportunity to give flowers and thank you notes to providers they felt went above and beyond for them. The campaign was a success as students witnessed the sense of warmth and appreciation that spread through the hospital floors.
Take Five Minutes
Medical students encouraged all care providers and each other to take an additional five minutes with their patients to talk with them about something unrelated to medicine. One medical student shared his encounter that he might otherwise not have experienced if he didn’t “take five.”
View the 2016 Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care photo gallery here.