Meet the 2019 GHHS Inductees

Thirty-one members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into the Robert R. Russell, MD ’46 Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) on April 29:

Forrest Beaulieu
Tinu Bello
Melissa Chavez
Andrew Creadore
Nirmita Doshi
Taylor Fuss
Celia Greenlaw
Cara Guenther
Matthew Hartman
Adam Hsieh
Carolyn Kan
Alec Maggi
Patrick McGillen
Samir Merheb
Maia Nofal
Jill Pandisco
Lucero Paredes
Ashley Penton
Sean Perez
Teresa Qi
Martine Randolph
Stephen Rogers
Esther Saul
Syona Shetty
Armide Storey
Heather Sweeney
Andrew Vallejo
Rebecca Webb
Thomas Williams
Halina Yee
Jacqueline You

Additionally, students nominated a cohort of residents. This year’s resident inductees include:

Carolyn Arnold, MD
Philip Camilon, MD
Benjamin Drapcho, MD
Yuan He, MD
Deandre King, MD

Genevieve Preer, MD, the 2019 recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award, was this year’s guest speaker. The award is presented to faculty who best demonstrate the foundation’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and health-care colleagues, as well as clinical excellence. She was joined by former Tow award winners Gary Balady, MD, and Edward Feinberg, MD.

“Know this: there are no shortcuts. This is not easy work. We have to be comfortable with the discomfort of what an honest appraisal might reveal. We have to willingly and actively divest ourselves of the privilege that is an intrinsic aspect of the medical care we provide,” the assistant professor of Pediatrics told students and residents.

“We must challenge ourselves to listen, truly listen, to what patients are telling us. We must recognize that nothing matters more than the patients’ experience. We must be committed to walking a theoretic mile in their shoes for as long as it takes to understand the truth in what they are saying.”

Suzanne Sarfaty, MD, assistant dean of Medical Education, led the award ceremony, where students pinned each other and took the GHHS oath.

The mission of the GHHS is to recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. The Society currently has more than 24,000 members in training and practice. The power of the Society lies in bringing together like-minded individuals to sustain their own humanism and to inspire and nurture humanism in others. GHHS honors medical students, residents, fellows, role-model physician teachers and others who demonstrate excellence in humanistic clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.

The BUSM Chapter of the GHHS was founded in 2006 with support from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Since 2006, more than 442 medical students, residents and faculty members have been inducted into the GHHS BUSM chapter by peer nomination.