After the selection of new GHHS members , the Chapter Advisor enters the names and contact information into the national GHHS directory. In order to receive the pins and certificates in a timely fashion, Chapter Advisors must complete the Induction Procedure Form and the Inductee Spreadsheet and return the information to the GHHS national office at least three weeks prior to the Induction Ceremony.
Students, residents, and faculty selected to become members of GHHS should be recognized in a formal Induction Ceremony. This ceremony may be held at any point between the completion of the selection process and graduation. Most schools choose to host a lunch or dinner soon after the selection process for new members and their invited faculty, family, and friends. We encourage a formal program, with remarks from the Dean of the Medical School, the Dean for Education, the Chapter Advisor, and an invited speaker. GHHS members may select up to two faculty and up to six residents (for UME chapters) to be inducted into GHHS. Schools that bestow the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award should select the student awardee from the ranks of the GHHS student members, and the faculty awardee should be considered one of the two faculty members inducted into GHHS that year. (Please note that the institutional process to select the Tow Award winners may be separate from the process used to select new student and faculty GHHS members.) As noted above, the Chapter Advisor should contact the GHHS office to obtain certificates and GHHS pins for all new members. During the ceremony, each new GHHS member can be invited to come forward to receive a pin. When they are all assembled, ask them to pair off and place the GHHS pin on one another. Newly inducted members may choose to recite together the GHHS Oath or another oath or reading of the inductees’ choosing. Each new chapter is awarded a one-time start-up grant of $2,000 to help with the costs of the Induction Ceremony and initial chapter activities.
Formal recognition should also take place when other student honors and awards are bestowed, demonstrating the significance of the selection to GHHS. In addition, schools are expected to acknowledge student membership in GHHS at the graduation ceremonies.