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UW SMPH - Gold Humanism

Contribute to the UWSMPH Chicken Soup for the Medical Student Soul at our website: http://uwsmphchickensoup.blogspot.com/ _________________________________________ Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with healthcare professionals in training and in practice to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. Humanistic medical care is not simply compassion. It is the best of medicine. When skilled physicians build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, studies reveal more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes. The staggering ascendance of science and technology, along with current healthcare economics, makes our efforts to keep the care in healthcare even more critical today than when the Foundation began some 25 years ago. The Foundation’s logo, a heart-shaped stethoscope, is a familiar sight in medical schools and centers throughout the country and abroad. It is featured on lapel pins worn by over 17,000 new medical students each year. Students and faculty at 93% of our nation’s accredited schools of medicine, both allopathic and osteopathic, participate in at least one Foundation program. (http://humanism-in-medicine.org/about-us/) ________________________________________ The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. The Society currently has over 21,000 members in training and practice. The power of the Society lies in bringing together like-minded individuals to sustain their own humanism and to inspire and nurture humanism in others. GHHS honors medical students, residents, fellows, role-model physician teachers and others who demonstrate excellence in humanistic clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society; its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. 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. 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. Thanks to a series of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, deans, medical educators, and experts in assessment convened to explore the viability of an honor society to promote humanistic values and behaviors. Since its inception, GHHS has grown in stature and influence to become a vital part of medical school and residency training program cultures throughout the US. (http://humanism-in-medicine.org/ghhs/)