Medical School named Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter

June 27, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News


To recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation has named the University of Michigan Medical School a Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter.

The creation of a GHHS chapter signifies to the medical community that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for the highest level of patient care. As part of the induction process, UMMS will receive a grant to establish the chapter and host an induction ceremony.

The idea for bringing a chapter to Michigan was the brainchild of Amit Gupta, M.D., a third-year resident in Internal Medicine who was a student member of the GHHS chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Additional residents who had been GHHS members signed on, and a faculty group worked with the Medical School Student Council to develop the U-M chapter.

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Anatomical Sciences and Learning Health Sciences Andrew R. Barnosky, D.O., M.P.H., will be the inaugural faculty advisor for U-M’s GHHS chapter.

Inspiration for GHHS began in the late 1990s when medical educators and residency program directors expressed the need for a way to identify applicants to residency training programs who had outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. GHHS currently has more than 25,000 members in training and practice, honoring medical students, residents, fellows, role-model physician teachers and others who demonstrate excellence in humanistic clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.