SOM adds 21 new members to Gold Humanism Honor Society


The School of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed 21 new members during a ceremony on March 23 at Diastole.
The School of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed 21 new members during a ceremony on March 23 at Diastole.

The UMKC School of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) grew with 21 new inductees during a ceremony on March 23 at Diastole. The 2013 induction class includes 16 students, three residents and two faculty members.

Each year the GHHS selects senior medical students, residents and physician teachers from nominations from fellow students and faculty based on their excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Members are selected for their exemplary care of patients and humanistic approach to clinical practice.

Three former School of Medicine deans attended the ceremony: Richardson K. Noback, M.D., Harry Jonas, M.D., and Marjorie Sirridge, M.D., who is also the founder of the School of Medicine Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.

Sirridge gave a brief keynote address and GHHS members Melony Chakrabarty, MS 6, and Vicky Rizk, MS 6, talked about the organization’s highlights of the past year the introduction and induction of the new members by chapter sponsor Carolyn Stanford, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Gold 5 docent.

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.

Special recognition went to Chakrabarty and Jill Moormeier, M.D., associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, as recipients of the 2013 Leonard Tow Humanism Awards. The award is given annual 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.

2013 GHHS Inductees
Students
Neal Akhave
Arfaa Ali
Hibba Aziz
Rima Chakraborty
Rini Desai
Brandon Elder
Nathaniel Hayward
Raza Hasan
Claire Hickey
Rishika Paruchuri
Aarti Purohit
Felicia Ratnaraj
Melanie Ruiz
Anna Shah
Swar Shah
Pooja Thimmappa

Residents
Abdelrahman Aly, M.D.
Khalil Abuamr, M.D.
Mark Schultzel, M.D.

Attendings
Jill Moormeier, M.D.
|Joseph Salomone, M.D.

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