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By: Laura Damron |
June 27, 2019
of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) held an inaugural
induction of 20 students into the college’s newly-created chapter the Gold
Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) on June 26 in UPIKE’s Health Professions
Education Building. Inductees are members of KYCOM’s Class of 2020.
founded in 2002 through the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
to recognize “students,
residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who
serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.” Nationally, the society
is comprised of 30,000 members nominated by their peers as individuals they
want taking care of their own family. KYCOM joins the ranks of more than 150
chapters in medical schools and residency programs in the U.S.
According to the Arnold P.
Gold Foundation, the creation of a GHHS chapter signifies to the medical community
that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes
that are essential for the highest level of patient care.
KYCOM’s Dean Dana Shaffer,
D.O., FACOFP dist., FAOGME, expressed
his support of GHHS’ newest members.
“As Dean, it was heartwarming
to see University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Class
of 2020 osteopathic medical students being inducted into the inaugural class of
our Gold Humanism Honor Society,” Shaffer said. “GHHS is devoted to
fostering the need for humanism in healthcare. Students are acknowledged for
their humanism and empathy in dealing with colleagues and patients. The Arnold
P. Gold Foundation recognizes that the ‘complete physician’ must have
scientific and technical expertise while still embracing the art of
relationship-centered and compassionate humanistic patient care.”
inductees will be able to engage in networking and mentoring, participate in
leadership and professional development opportunities, promote humanistic care
within their communities, and apply for chapter awards and grants. KYCOM’s GHHS
chapter includes Austin Allen, Stephanie Davenport, Laura Fulkerson, Shannon
Garrison, Ashley Gullixson, Whitley McIntosh, Yasaman Mossadad, Derek Mounsey,
Rebecca Oliver, Akruti Patel, Jay Patel, Vandan Patel, Kim Rafine, Joshua
Raven, Parth Shah, Liz Simmons, Emily Smallwood, Natalie Torrente, Marisa
Wallas and Noor Zayed.