Friday, January 19, 2018

New Members Elected into USA GHHS

Ten University of South Alabama medical students, three residents and one College of Medicine faculty member recently were named to the USA Chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society (GHHS) – a national society that celebrates compassionate, patient-centered care.

This year, to announce those elected, fourth-year members of the honor society decided to ‘tap’ each new inductee in everyday places – such as the classroom or hospital hallways – to publicly recognize the student.

Each year, a select group of students, residents and faculty members are named to GHHS, through a peer-nominated process, GHHS membership recognizes those who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and serve as a role model, mentor and leader in medicine.

Each member of the Class of 2019 completed a ballot with statements such as “the classmates who have shown exceptional interest in service to those in need in our community” and “the classmates you would like to have work at your side during a medical emergency or unforeseen disaster,” among others. Each student is asked to name two students from their class who would best fit the situations described.

Together, Ashton Todd and Katherine Glosemeyer – fourth-year students at the USA College of Medicine and members of GHHS – assembled gold-themed goodie bags containing hand-written notes from current GHHS members to distribute to recently elected students, faculty and residents.

Holding three gold bags, Todd entered the Active Learning Center at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital to welcome new members to the society during a class. “The students cast their votes the day before, so they were all surprised to be notified so soon and even more shocked to have the results announced in front of their peers,” she said. “As I called each student’s name, everyone applauded and congratulated them in recognition of their dedication to compassionate care. It was impressive to see how the Class of 2019 cares not only about their own success, but also the success of their classmates.”

Dr. James Lamb, a second-year neurology resident physician and recently inducted GHHS member, thanks the Class of 2019 for nominating him for the award. “It was very unexpected and I am deeply honored to be chosen to be inducted into this honor society,” he said. “I make a constant effort to engage medical students, teach them and give advice in any area I can. Most of all, I try my best to provide the best patient care I possibly can.”

The following USA students, residents and faculty were selected:

Christina Artz - student
Christel Bowman - student
Phillip Brennan - student
Natalie Carlisle - student
Audrey Murphy - student
Matthew Robson - student
Alan Schumann - student
Trevor Stevens - student
Hilda Watkins - student
Jonathon Whitehead - student
Dr. Candace Holliday - resident, department of obstetrics and gynecology
Dr. James Lamb - resident, department of neurology
Dr. Frank Rutigliano - resident, department of surgery
Dr. Carol Motley - faculty, department of family medicine (not pictured)

This year’s GHHS class officers are Mathew Robson, president; Natalie Carlisle, secretary/treasurer; and Christina Artz, social coordinator. New members will be officially inducted and pinned at the USA College of Medicine’s annual White Coat Ceremony on June 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the USA Mitchell Center.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sustains the commitment of health care professionals to provide compassionate, collaborative and scientifically excellent patient care.  The society currently has approximately 30,000 members in training and practice.

Each year, the GHHS participates in Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care to remind students and employees of the importance of compassion in medicine. This year, Solidarity Week will take place Feb. 12-16, as the GHHS Class of 2018 and 2019 will participate in several activities to remind students and employees of the importance of compassion in medicine. The theme will be “Carnival of Compliments.” Click here to read about Solidarity Week 2017. 

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