In 2002, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) established the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) as a signature program to recognize medical students, residents, and faculty who practice patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy.
GHHS chapters, led by Chapter Advisors, are based in medical schools and residency training programs. . Fellows, administrators, practitioners, and notable members of the community may also be inducted into GHHS for promoting humanistic values. Recipients of APGF’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award are also welcomed into GHHS. The Society currently has over 19,000 members in training and practice.
GHHS members are role models for humanistic care in their communities. Because building a network of advocates for compassionate care is a critical mission of GHHS and APGF, mentoring and service are key responsibilities of each member of the Society. GHHS chapters sponsor projects that serve community needs, encourage humanistic teachings in their medical environments, offer supportive and reflective opportunities for peers, and provide other valuable initiatives and experiences.
The APGF funds GHHS educational events, supports research, promotes professional growth, and creates opportunities for GHHS members to network with others who share their values and beliefs. Benefits of GHHS membership include:
Harriet Turner — Assistant Director
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Michele Silver — Assistant Director
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Lynn White, MD — Director of the Gold Humanism Honor Society
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