School of Medicine Hosts Gold Humanism Honor Society Student Clinician Ceremony
The School of Medicine (SOM) Class of 2021 marked another milestone in the journey to becoming physicians when they participated in the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Student Clinician Ceremony on June 28.
The School of Medicine (SOM) Class of 2021 marked another milestone in the journey to becoming physicians when they participated in the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Student Clinician Ceremony on June 28, marking the transition to third-year clerkships and the clinical years. The Student Clinician Ceremony was designed by the Gold Foundation to provide guidance, information and support for medical students as they embark on their clinical years and emphasize the importance of providing compassionate, collaborative and scientifically excellent care to patients.
At the end of a week full of clerkship orientation activities, the SOM Class of 2021 gathered to listen to the sage advice of faculty members, take a student oath pledging to commit themselves to a life that will bring honor to the medical profession and present Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards to six residents selected by the outgoing third-year class for exceptional teaching skills and commitment to the compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues. This year’s honorees were: Justine Fenner, M.D., PGY1, pediatrics, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital; Aditya Safaya, M.D., PGY4, general surgery, Westchester Medical Center; Joseph James Lopez, M.D., PGY4, general surgery, Westchester Medical Center; Christy Stoller, M.D., PGY3, general surgery, Westchester Medical Center; Paul Hanna, D.O., PGY4, general surgery, St. Joseph's University Medical Center; and Nidhi Shah, M.S., M.D., PGY2, obstetrics and gynecology, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan.
Kathryn Spanknebel, M.D., FACS, senior associate dean, faculty affairs and vice chair, education, Department of Surgery, presented the keynote speech of the day highlighting the importance of students practicing self-care, possessing curiosity about their patients beyond intellectual curiosity and contributing the culture of the environment they want be in.