Humanism Honor Society forms state’s first chapter

13 WVU medical students become first West Virginia members

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thirteen students at the West Virginia University School of Medicine are the state’s first members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The society is an initiative of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and was created to recognize students, residents and faculty who demonstrate the importance of humanism through not only their words but through their actions as well. The first chapters were established in 2003.

According to the Foundation, humanistic doctors are those who demonstrate seven attributes: integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service.

In fall 2008, six School of Medicine faculty members applied for a grant and charter to start a chapter in West Virginia. In December 2008, the WVU School of Medicine was granted the 74th national charter.

On July 11, the first students were inducted into the WVU chapter at a ceremony held at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. As members of the society, they pledged to demonstrate the ideals of humanism in patient care, teaching and research and to model and mentor those ideals while inspiring the next generation of healthcare providers.

The members are:
Lauren Renee Bigley
Daniel Robert Di Giovine
Kristen Elizabeth Dragan
Christopher Eric Estel
Roopan  Elizabeth Fischer
Ashley Anne Hildebrand
Matthew  Anthony Joseph
Sharon Rachel Maas
Tad Deleep Nair
Christopher Randall Rohrbough
Michael Robert Ruffolo
Stephanie Renee Tyo
Lauren Patricia Westfall

“These students have been recognized by their colleagues as not only having the intellectual abilities to be great physicians but also possessing the hearts to provide comfort and healing,” Norman Ferrari III, M.D., chapter adviser, said. “We hope they will help us continue our culture of excellence while maintaining core values as a School of Medicine, which include creativity, courage, humility, respect, integrity and service.”

For information on the WVU Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society see www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/students/aboutSoM/studentLife/organizations/GHHS/index.asp.



For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 07-16-09

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