Gold Humanism Honor Society: Induction Ceremony for Residents/Fellows

First annual induction ceremony of NYU School of Medicine residents and fellows reading oath of induction into Gold Humanism Honor Society, April 2013.

Integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy, and service. These qualities are the cornerstone of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and those for which a group of residents and fellows was celebrated at an induction ceremony held on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

NYU School of Medicine was one of just 10 schools nationwide chosen to a pilot a Resident/Fellow Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). Faculty, peers, and medical students were asked to nominate residents and fellows who exemplify the core values of the Gold Foundation, as noted above. The nominees were then asked to submit a brief statement of their thoughts on humanism in medicine. The pool of nominees was reviewed and ranked by an interdisciplinary GHHS Advisory Group consisting predominantly of NYULMC faculty members.

The inaugural NYULMC chapter of the GHHS includes the residents and fellows Emily Aron, Jenny Ayala, Allison Barrett, Vanessa Cuellar, Gregory Katz, Adam Kaufman, Sharmilee Bansal Korets, Jackson Liu, Candice Taylor Lucas, Elizabeth Moye, Ruvandhi Nathavitharana, Benjamin Paul, Avraham Schlager, Deane Smith, Jiah Shin Teh, Scott Troob, Demetrios Tzimas, Arthur Robinson Williams, and Martin Wolff.

The induction ceremony was led by Dr. Barron Lerner, Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Medical Humanities. Dr. Marcel Tuchman, a noted physician/mentor who has been at NYULMC for more than 60 years, spoke about the importance of humanism in medical practice. Dr. Tuchman survived Auschwitz and wrote of his experiences in his memoir, Remember: My Stories of Survival and Beyond. Dr. Tuchman emphasized the importance of nurturing the connection and rapport between doctors and patients, especially as medical practice evolves with continuing advances in technology. “From the patient one obtains infinite information, in both content and in body language, which has not only diagnostic but also therapeutic value,” he said. “Doctors can use words and demeanor to ease the pain and anguish of patients. The disregard of that does harm to those they are trying to help.”

After being presented with a certificate and a pin, the inductees then took the society’s oath in unison, pledging to be a role model for humanism in medicine. Dr. Lerner noted, “I encourage the inductees to put the pin on your white coats, because it’s not only a commemoration of what you’ve done. It’s a piece of conversation, and patients and your peers can see this and say ‘What’s that?’ and we can spread the word about humanism and this group.”