The Boonshoft School of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society was established in 2004. Supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the national Gold Humanism Honor Society seeks to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine by recognizing the attributes of the humanist physician — compassion, trustworthiness, altruism, reliability and the commitment to keeping patients as the first priority. The organization honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician-teachers and others recognized for "demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service."
Boonshoft School of Medicine has emphasized the importance of humanistic attributes since its inception, and the WSU chapter was established to honor those students who best exemplify such attributes. Students are selected at the beginning of their fourth year on the basis of nominations from members of their class and faculty recommendations. Although members inducted into Wright State’s chapter must demonstrate academic competence, it is their exemplary behavior, sensitivity to the needs of others and commitment to service that sets them apart.
The GHHS is a steadfast advocate for humanism through activities on campus and has continuing involvement with its inclusive membership. It helps to establish relationships with practicing physicians. Election of exemplars to the society makes a significant statement to medical school faculty, students and the public that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for excellent patient care.
What is Humanism in Medicine?
Humanism in medicine fosters relationships with patients and other caregivers that are compassionate and empathic. It also describes attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values, autonomy, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others. The humanistic doctor demonstrates the following attributes: ("I.E., C.A.R.E.S.")
- Integrity: the congruence between expressed values and behavior.
- Excellence: clinical expertise.
- Compassion: the awareness and acknowledgement of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it.
- Altruism: the capacity to put the needs and interests of another before your own.
- Respect: the regard for the autonomy and values of another person.
- Empathy: the ability to put oneself in another's situation, e.g., physician as patient.
- Service: the sharing of one's talent, time and resources with those in need; giving beyond what is required.
Erica Taylor, M.D., professor of community health and director of the Division of Medical Humanities, serves as faculty advisor for the Wright State chapter.
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Gold Humanism Honor Society Members inducted at Wright State
Dr. Cassandra Milling
Dr .Luke McCoy
Dr. Marc Raslich
Dr. Bethany Harper
Dr. Ryan Mast