Maximilian Musharoff,(SOM Class of 2019 and current GHHS President)
The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) was founded in 2002 to bestow “a designation of compassion” on medical students to cultivate the ideal patient-physician dynamic. In 2014 Alexis Morvant created the LSUHSC-New Orleans chapter to join the national society, which now has over 30,000 members, with the following mission statement:
GHHS provides recognition for one’s values in action that cannot be objectively calculated (e.g. grades), but are subjectively observed by those with whom our students work most closely—colleagues. GHHS presents national recognition for our future physicians who portray integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy, service, which all coalesce to recognize humanism in their practice of medicine as observed by their peers. Ultimately, our organization recognizes those student-doctors who are viewed by their peers as being the type of doctor one would send one’s own parent or child to for care—a ‘Doctor’s Doctor’.
The honor society nomination allows fellow classmates to anonymously assess how closely a student’s actions reflect the characteristics at the heart of GHHS. Over the course of the year, GHHS conducts activities designed to spread patient-centered care to all of LSU, students and practitioners alike. Some of these activities include:
Student of the Month: A highly valued and selective award given to students who have gone above and beyond to help their patients or their colleagues. Fellow students submit anonymous nominations. Submissions are voted on by GHHS and junior RISE representatives with identifying information removed.
Visiting Student Tours: Students from outside programs who are rotating at LSU are given a guided tour with the opportunity for questions prior to the start of their rotation.
Humanism in Medicine Lecture for incoming first year students: During orientation week for incoming first year students, GHHS members present a full lecture on the pillars of Humanism. Emphasis is placed on altruism, empathy, respect, service, compassion, excellence, and integrity for students to include these ideals during a formative time in their overall approach to medicine.
L1 White Coat ceremony: GHHS welcomes the students, leads the reading of the Oath of Ideals, and provides volunteers for the ceremony.
New Orleans Women’s Shelter Winter Clothing Drive: Last year, GHHS ran a clothing drive and donated over 1900 articles of clothing to men, women, and children staying in the shelters at Chateau D’Orleans and S. Liberty St. over the holidays.
Patient Solidarity day: Members make and distribute hand-made cards expressing sympathy and encouraging optimism on Valentine’s Day to patients at University Medical Center. A booth is set up at the hospital so other care providers can take cards to give to their patients.
Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest: To encourage viewing medicine from the perspective of Humanism, all medical students are invited to submit a short essay describing an experience embodying the values of GHHS. The winner is invited to speak at the first year students’ Whitecoat Ceremony and GHHS induction and is awarded a cash prize.
Leonard Tow Award: Awarded to 1 faculty, 2 residents, and 1 student who demonstrates “both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues.”
We are extremely excited for the upcoming year! We are actively working with the National Chapter in an effort to further spread Humanism throughout the LSU system and expand our online presence through social media. We are working with the Student Affairs office to increase the amount of time spent communicating the idealistic traits valued by GHHS with the first year medical students. Our member involvement has increased with a new structure of subcommittees for our events.
Thank you for reading, and join us in trying to be the best version of ourselves for our patients and for each other!