Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter EstablishedApril 8, 2022
PCOM South Georgia's inaugural members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
PCOM South Georgia has established a chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The society is created
for third-year medical students who are inducted based on merit and service. The inaugural members include Chizoba
Akunwannee (DO ’23), Daaniya Jamal (DO ’23), Alyson Meyer (DO ’23), Kathy Nguyen (DO
’23), Setu Patel (DO ’23), Jasmine Rogers (DO ’23), Smera Saikumar (DO ’23) and Monali
Shah (DO ’23).
Founder Jessica Ng (DO ’24) said that this society not only focuses on academia but
also on the humanistic side of practicing medicine, placing importance on compassion
“It is important for medical students to have an opportunity to work together to give
back to the community and recognize the significance of compassionate human care,”
she said. “It is too easy to get wrapped up solely in numbers–GPA, board scores, etc.–so
when students have the motivation to go beyond those scores and really get engaged
in service above self, then we as a community really delve into what is inherently
important to being a physician: being holistic in your care for your patients.”
GHHS recognizes students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate
patient care and who serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine. GHHS members
are peer-nominated and are the students whose peers say they want to take care of
their own families.
Nikita Mirajkar, PhD, associate dean for curricular execution, serves as the chapter advisor. She said
that humanism is essential to excellence in health care.
“A physician who advocates humanism in health care places an emphasis on collaborative,
compassionate and scientific excellence when caring for their patients,” she said.
“This enables a caring and trusting relationship to develop with their patients, which
facilitates better patient compliance and adherence as it relates to their treatment
plans and more favorable health outcomes. Any patient will tell you that a physician
that they really value is one who recognized their innate humanity, and was able to
offer compassionate, tailored health care as a result.”
Being a member of this society places students in the company of other medical students,
residents and physicians who are committed to pursuing compassionate, patient-centered
care. Moreover, the Electronic Residency Application site now has a GHHS identifier
that allows residency program directors to identify applicants that are interested
in pursuing humanism in health care. This provides students with an advantage when
applying for residencies.
GHHS has 175 chapters in medical schools and residency programs. More than 40,000
medical students, physicians and other leaders have been inducted and serve as role
models of the human connection in health care.
To be considered for the honor society, peers nominate eligible individuals. The peer
nomination survey asks students to identify individuals in their class who most closely
fit the brief, real-life scenarios that exemplify a caring physician. All third-year
students and faculty members at PCOM South Georgia are eligible to submit a nomination
for a third-year student.
A secondary vetting process is used to review candidates that are nominated. The selection
committee consists of six faculty members from PCOM South Georgia and five GHHS members
from the PCOM Georgia chapter. Students nominated in the primary process are evaluated during this step
based on their interest and motivation to serve, work and lead in addition to their
response to the following essay question: “If selected for GHHS, how will you encourage
your peers to practice compassionate, patient-centered care at our institution?“
Each faculty and student evaluator submitted their top five rankings based on these
responses. The students with the highest number of rankings were selected to become
inducted into PCOM South Georgia’s Chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society.
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About PCOM South Georgia
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) extended its commitment to the
Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional teaching location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both
a full, four-year medical program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit
institution which trains professionals in the health and behavioral sciences fields.
Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state,
PCOM South Georgia focuses on educating physicians for the South Georgia region. The
medical campus, which welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2019,
has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission
on Osteopathic College Accreditation. For more information, visit pcom.edu/southgeorgia or call 229-668-3110.
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