Gold Humanism Honor Society

BUSM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Boston University School of Medicine Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) was founded in 2006 with support from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The BUSM chapter is part of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s larger national GHHS. The GHHS honors humanistic exemplars in the field of medicine.

BUSM’s Chapter Namesake

The GHHS at BUSM was founded in honor of Robert F. Russell, M.D., BUSM Class of 1946, who served in the US Navy (1946-1950) and entered general practice in 1950. Dr. Russell settled in Castine, Maine and served the region of Penobscott Bay for over 30 years as a general practitioner, surgeon, and chief medical officer, Maine Maritime Academy.

Dr. Russell was quoted as saying:

  • “I brought medicine to people’s homes and they became my friends as well as my patients.”
  • “Make the best of what you have. Be creative and try different approaches.”
  • “Rely on yourself, and rush to assist others.”
  • “Laugh when you can- particularly if there is nothing else you can do.”
  • “Friends are family.”
  • “Ask why not as often as possible.”
  • “Keep going, you’ll survive.”  
  • “There’s something new and funny and warm in every day.”

Induction Process

Since 2006, over 200 medical students, residents, and faculty members have been inducted into the GHHS BUSM chapter by peer nomination. Yearly (in February/March), third-year medical students are asked to nominate their peers and resident physicians for the GHHS.  Students and physicians elected to the GHHS are recognized in a formal induction ceremony that is organized by the Office of Enrichment. Election to GHHS membership constitutes a significant honor, comparable to being selected to AOA. It identifies students and physicians who have both outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills.

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