The School of Medicine’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) inducted 20 new members and recognized the winners of this year’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award on April 5 during a ceremony at Diastole.
This year’s GHHS induction class includes 15 students, four residents and one faculty physician, chosen for their exemplary care of patients and their humanistic approach to clinical practice. Students and faculty make nominations each year based on the individual’s excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.
Former dean and founding docent Marjorie Sirridge, M.D., was honored as the faculty recipient of this year’s Leonard Tow Humanism Award. Sirridge is also the founder of the School of Medicine Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics. Pooja Thimmappa, MS 6, is the 2014 student winner of the Leonard Tow award.
The Leonard Tow award is given annually to one graduating student and one faculty member who demonstrate the ideas of compassion in the delivery of care, respect for their patients and their families, and for their colleages, as well as for demonstrated clinical excellence.
Carol Stanford, M.D., Gold 5 docent and GHHS faculty sponsor, welcomed the new members and presented each with a certificate of induction during the program. A year in review slide show provided highlights of the organization’s events including Kindness is Contagious Week and Solidarity Day. GHHS members also talked about future plans to include a UMKC Resident Chapter and a student research project for GHHS.
The GHHS began in the late 1990s and now has 104 chapters at medical school across the United States. The program is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation of the GHHS.
Jessica Sebastian (Van Mason)
James Barnes (Orthopedic surgery)
Moo Cho (General surgery, former UMKC medical student)
Haley Merrill (Orthopedic surgery)
Brad Schow (Pediatrics)
George Thompson, M.D.