Thursday, February 5, 2015

USA Chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society to Focus on Compassion

In honor of the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society's (GHHS) Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care on Feb. 13, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine chapter of GHHS will participate in several activities to remind students and employees of the importance of compassion in medicine.

“We are really excited about this year’s Solidarity Day/Week entitled ‘Tell Me More,’” said JaneMarie Freeman, a fourth-year medical student and GHHS member at the USA College of Medicine.

After obtaining consent, GHHS members will spend time learning about hospital patients’ personal lives in order to craft signs for display over their beds.

“We are doing this in effort to get to know our patients beyond their medical background, to provide more compassionate and holistic care to the patients at both USA Medical Center and USA Children's & Women's Hospital, and to find out what makes our patients unique,” Freeman said. “We truly feel this will encourage ongoing communication and trust that will improve patient care from this point forward.”

GHHS members will also hand out candy and buttons to hospital staff to thank them for their hard work and compassion.

The GHHS Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care was initiated after the 2011 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., to honor the humanistic actions of Dr. Randall Friese, the trauma surgeon who first treated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The “Tell Me More” project was developed in 2014 by GHHS chapter members at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.

The senior medical students of the USA chapter of GHHS are Brian Buning, Griffin Collins, R. Wes Edmunds, JaneMarie Freeman, Alonso Heudebert, Angela King, Timothy Parker, and C. Dale Shamburger.

To learn more about Solidarity Day, visit http://humanism-in-medicine.org/ghhs/national-conferences-events/ghhs-solidarity-day/.

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