On May 3, the School of Medicine inducted a new class of students and faculty into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), the national society whose mission is to infuse humanism into medical training. Thirty-three medical students were selected by a panel of faculty and their peers to be inducted into GHHS and took an oath to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.
The evening’s keynote speaker, Sally Schwab, Ph.D., M.S.W., assistant professor of medicine, told the future doctors to strive to balance today’s high-tech, high-speed world of medicine with a humanistic approach. “In an age of technology, with electronic medical records and robotic surgery, the humanistic side of medicine often gets lost. The Gold Humanism Honor Society reminds us of the importance of establishing relationships with patients through empathy, respect and compassion,” Dr. Schwab said. “It is my hope that our students will take that extra five minutes with a patient to be present and mindful as they listen to their stories.”
Even before she was inducted into GHHS, Nneamaka Ukatu, SOM Class of 2019, says she admired the tenets of the society. “Humanism can be overlooked in the daily grind of treating patients, but I strive to be a compassionate person in my interactions with both my patients and my fellow colleagues,” Ms. Ukatu said.
Photo from left: GHHS co-presidents and members of the SOM Class of 2018 Natalie Alvarez, Jessa Hoffman and Michael Ingram.
School of Medicine Class of 2019 Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees
Hinette Shelby Rosario