Members of the School of Medicine Class of 2020 Inducted into GHHS
The New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Medicine (SOM) was proud to induct 33 members of the Class of 2020 into its chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), an initiative of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, at a ceremony on April 1.
Established in 2002 to foster, recognize and support the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine, GHHS honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and others who have “demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.” Membership to the society is through a peer nomination and selection process and promotes the ideals of humanism in medicine through community service, mentorship, role-modeling and other initiatives.
The ceremony included opening remarks by Jennifer L. Koestler, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education and associate professor of pediatrics and medicine who serves as the GHHS faculty advisor, and an inspirational keynote address by Lidia Klepacz, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Dr. Klepacz received a Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, along with Kevin Shayani, SOM Class of 2019. The awards recognize graduating students and faculty members who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues.
After receiving their GHHS pins and certificates, inductees took the GHHS oath to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.
“I want all of you take a moment to take in the space you're in, the seat you're sitting in and the purpose of your induction in Gold Humanism Honor Society,” said Musaub Khan, SOM Class of 2019 and GHHS co-president. “Because by remembering today, you will remember not to look at a patient differently because of their skin tone, you will not treat a patient differently because of their insurance status, and you will not make assumptions about a patient because she wears a headscarf or has braids. It is imperative to keep this in mind as you move forward in your careers.”
School of Medicine Class of 2020 Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees
Rucci Marcus Foo
Brianna Carusillo Theriault