Medical Student (UME) GHHS Chapters
Medical student chapters may induct up to 15% of a medical school class, four faculty members, and up to six residents each year. 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 four 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.) If your school conducts the Student Clinician’s Ceremony, the six resident recipients of the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award should also be the GHHS elected residents who will be inducted as members.
GHHS recommends that medical students be selected via a peer nomination process for membership in their third year as soon as peers and clerkship directors have had time to observe them in clinical settings. Student selection should be completed and new members notified no later than the spring of their third year in order for new GHHS members to bond as a group, design projects intended to begin in their fourth year, and meet with outgoing GHHS members to share ideas and “pass the torch.” Selected students should be humanistic exemplars (see selection process below) for the entire student body. The number of students selected should range from 10-15% of the class.
The most commonly used selection process begins with nominations from fellow students based on the Peer Nomination Survey developed by Dr. Wayne McCormack at the University of Florida. The initial group of peer-nominated students is then evaluated by a Selection Committee composed of faculty, administrators, Tow Award winners, and GHHS student and resident members. Nominated students are evaluated on the basis of academic eligibility, program director evaluations, and an additional essay, interview or other indication of the nominee’s willingness and qualifications to serve. The committee makes the final decision. If the offer of membership is accepted by the student, the Chapter Advisor then registers the new GHHS member with the GHHS national office and invites the student to participate in a formal Induction Ceremony. This honor should be noted in the student’s Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), otherwise known as the dean’s letter. Formal recognition should also take place when other student honors and awards are bestowed. In addition, schools are expected to acknowledge student membership in GHHS at the graduation ceremonies.
Resident (GME) GHHS Chapters
GHHS has begun a pilot program of chapters in residency training programs. Because this effort is still in the pilot phase, there is no open application process at this time. Please contact the GHHS national office at 201-567-7999 for further information.