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Gold Humanism Honor Society Annual Induction Ceremony

Annual Induction Ceremony

The Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter at Eastern Virginia Medical School hosts the annual Induction Ceremony each May. Each year 10-15% of the thrid year medical school class, two faculty members and six residents are inducted in the society. 


Membership 

The Annual Induction Ceremony officiates membership into the Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter at EVMS.  GHHS strives to recognize, support, and promote values of humanism in medicine, including excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service.  Induction into Eastern Virginia Medical School's chapter of GHHS recognizes dedication to these principles. Members spend their fourth year at EVMS fostering the practice of humanism in medicine at our institution, in the community, and worldwide.   


Annual Awards 


Tow Award for Outstanding Humanism in Medicine

Each year, Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards are presented to a graduating student and faculty member (M.D. or D.O.) at over 100 of the nation's medical schools. This award is given to those who best demonstrate the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their famlies, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence. 

"Graduating Medical Student

  • consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients
  • illustrates professional and ethical behavior by example
  • shows respect for everyone
  • demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds
  • displays effective communication and listening skills—good rapport with patients
  • understands patients’ need for interpretation of complex medical diagnosis and treatment and makes an effort to assure patient comprehension—shows respect for the patients’ viewpoint
  • helps to articulate the patients’ concerns to attending physicians and others
  • sensitive to the patients’ psychological well-being
  • cooperative, easy to work with—engenders trust and confidence
  • willing to help others and, when necessary, willing to seek help from others
  • displays concern for the general welfare of the community and engages in volunteer activities
  • seeks and accepts criticism, using it to improve performance
  • committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of his/her skills
  • displays competence in scientific endeavors"

Medical School Faculty member

  • "consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients
  • serves as a role model—illustrates professional behavior by example
  • approachable and accessible to students
  • welcomes opportunities for teaching and one-on-one mentorships with students
  • exhibits enthusiasm and skill in professional and personal interactions with students
  • shows respect for everyone
  • demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds
  • displays effective communication and listening skills
  • understands patients’ need for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and makes an effort to ensure patient comprehension—shows respect for the patient’s viewpoint
  • sensitive to the patients’ psychological well-being
  • effectively identifies emotional concerns of patients and family members
  • engenders trust and confidence
  • adheres to professional and ethical standards
  • committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of his/her skills
  • displays competence in scientific endeavors" 

 The Thomas Pellegrino Gold Reflex Hammer Award 

Recognizing excellence and compassion in clinical care, leadership, and education

 Guidelines for selection:

Each year, the student members of the EVMS chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society may choose to induct one faculty member based on the qualities that Dr. Thomas Pellegrino exemplifies.

An astute and altruistic clinician

  • Compassionate and empathetic in the delivery of patient care
  • Able to effectively communicate and listen to patients while deftly identifying emotional concerns of patients and family members
  • Respectful of patient wishes and understanding of varying patient perspectives
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds
  • Sensitive to the patient’s psychological well-being

A role model of professional behavior, leading through example

  • Adheres to and champions professional and ethical ideals
  • Shows a peerless respect for everyone
  • Engenders trust and confidence
  • Committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of his/her skills

An accomplished educator

  • Approachable and accessible to students
  • Welcomes and seeks opportunities for teaching and one-on-one mentorships with students
  • Exhibits enthusiasm and skill in professional and personal interactions with students