DAYTON, OHIO-Fourth-year medical student, Michele R. Arthurs was presented with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award during the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine's graduation ceremony at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, May 25.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Humanism in Medicine Awards at more than 80 of the nation's medical schools. Its goal is to improve doctor/patient relations and foster health care professionals who exhibit the highest level of respect, sensitivity, and cultural competence for the patients and families they serve, and to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the "caring doctor." This award is presented to those who best demonstrate the foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.
Arthurs is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. from the University of Portland. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society--Wright State chapter and Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. She held several leadership positions while in medical school, including Health Professional Student AIDS network coordinator of American Medical Student Association, founding member of Physicians for Human Rights, HIV/AIDS Week of Action coordinator, director of the Global Health Initiative, and a presenter for the Student-to-Student program. She also volunteers as a chemistry and mathematics tutor to an HIV+ Kenyan immigrant to assist her in passing her nursing entrance exams and subsequent enrollment in nursing school.
Arthurs will soon begin a residency in family medicine at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C
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