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"When practiced, humanism in medicine fosters relationships with patients and other caregivers that are compassionate and empathic. It also describes attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values, autonomy, cultural and ethic backgrounds of others. The humanistic doctor demonstrates the following characteristics: Integrity - the congruence between expressed values and behavior; Excellence - clinical expertise; Compassion - the awareness and acknowledgement of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it; Altruism - the capacity to put the needs and interests of another before your own; Respect - the regard for the autonomy and values of another person; Empathy - the ability to put oneself in another's situation; and Service - the sharing of one's talent, time, and resources with those in need."
- The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Quillen College of Medicine's chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) honors senior medical students, residents, and faculty for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Election to membership in the GHHS is a significant honor, comparable to being selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor society.
Approximately 15% of the 4th year class is elected to membership each year. A multi-step process involving peer nomination, clinical faculty nomination and evaluation by a selection committee is used to select students for Quillen's GHHS. Society membership also includes students and faculty receiving the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and residents awarded the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award.
Quillen's Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter is made possible with a grant from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a public, not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine, provides support for more than 45 GHHS chapters at schools of medicine.
2009 Woodridge Hospital "Willow Tree" Event