Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is a community of medical students, physicians, and other leaders who have been recognized for their compassionate care. GHHS reinforces and supports the human connection in healthcare, which is essential for the health of patients and clinicians.

GHHS is an active organization with a diverse membership. GHHS members in medical school lead initiatives that foster humanism, and GHHS members throughout their careers are expected to be humanistic leaders. A JAMA Network Open study of more than 50,000 medical students showed that GHHS is equitable in representation across Black, white, Hispanic, Native American, LGB, and female students, which is rare for a medical honor.

GHHS now has more than 180 chapters in medical schools and residency programs and more than 45,000 members. GHHS hosts many initiatives and events that are open to all, including Solidarity Week for Compassionate Care, Thank a Resident Day, the Gold Connection podcast, and Golden Glimmers. We are grateful to all members for their advocacy for humanism in healthcare. Thank you for your compassionate care – you are making a difference!

2024 Gold Humanism Summit

The 2024 Gold Humanism Summit: The Person in Front of You will convene our many community members to explore best practices and strategies to fuel change and inspire action Thursday, Feb. 29 to Saturday, March 2, in Atlanta, Georgia. All supporters of humanism in healthcare are welcome. This interprofessional, international event will be focused on igniting humanism to create the tangible changes necessary to heal the heart of healthcare. We hope you can come! Read more about the Summit. 

NEW: View the Schedule at a Glance.

Announcing the 2023-2024 GHHS Annual Initiative: The Gold Compass

We are excited to announce the 2023-2024 Gold Humanism Honor Society Annual Initiative: The Gold Compass: Using Humanism to Navigate Different Perspectives and Create Human-Centered Care.

This initiative invites GHHS members to act as leaders in creating opportunities or modeling the search for ways to interact with openness in civil discourse. Mitigating this divide—the separation we feel within ourselves and with one another—may have the power to reinforce the most essential components of what it means to be both a human and a healer.

We look to GHHS members, exemplars of humanism, to help humanize differing perspectives in healthcare. The goal of this initiative is to acknowledge that we live in a time with complex viewpoints and to seek to cultivate understanding and elevate the idea that within discourse lives humanity. Learn more and share your plans.