Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society is the heart of our Community of Caring. Founded in 2002, through the generous support of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Berrie Foundation, and an anonymous donor, GHHS now has more than 150 chapters in medical schools and residency programs. More than 30,000 medical students, physicians, and other leaders have been inducted and serve as role models of the human connection in healthcare.

Suicide Prevention Month

Physician burnout is on the rise, and now affects more than half of U.S. doctors. Declining satisfaction with work-life balance, high rates of depression, and an increased risk for suicide are some of the challenges facing many physicians today, from medical training through their careers. These problems are associated with suboptimal patient care, lower patient satisfaction, decreased access to care, and increased healthcare costs.To find resources and tools from the Collaborative for Health and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) and please visit our website. 

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, and in promotion of clinician well-being, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is dedicating the month of September to the creative expression, education, storytelling, and wellness, of students and healthcare professionals.

Please visit us on our website and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates.

Golden Glimmer Theme Four: Restoring Joy in Medicine

Golden Glimmer theme 4 brings back a call for Haiku. Haiku is a traditional, three-line, Japanese poem that contains seventeen syllables. The first and third line contain five syllables each, while the second line contains seven syllables (5/7/5).

This time, we are asking you to share Haiku about restoring joy in medicine. We want to know how you are nurturing your own wellness, caring for yourself and your colleagues, celebrating moments of joy, or simply taking time to breathe!

Submit your Haiku today!

Visit the Haiku gallery here

International Chapter Pilot

Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is pleased to announce that three chapters from around the world have joined the over 160 existing GHHS chapters. These schools were chosen in 2019 as part of a three-year pilot project to expand GHHS internationally.

We are now beginning the rigorous pre-application phase of our search for THREE additional international chapters to be approved in 2020. The timeline is as follows, without exception.

  1. September 30, 2019 – Deadline for the complete GHHS pre-application documentation.
  2. October-November 2019 – Review of your GHHS pre-application documentation by Advisory Council.
  3. December 2019 – GHHS staff to notify pre-applicants. No more than 20 schools will be selected for advancement in the process.
  4. February 1, 2020  Deadline for the full GHHS application.
  5. March 30, 2020  Newest three International GHHS Chapters to be notified of their selection.

To learn more about this pilot, please click here.

To complete a pre-application, please click here.

A designation of compassion

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (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 ones that others say they want taking care of their own family.

The Society currently has about 30,000 members in training and practice.

Spreading empathy

Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society. Its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. The creation of a GHHS chapter signifies to the medical community that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for the highest level of patient care.

“The state of healthcare is quite challenging out there. GHHS is a reminder that despite the obstacles, this is all about treating people and all about the patient care. GHHS and the Gold Foundation inoculates you against a lot of those obstacles and provides you with some strength to confront all of that.” — Dr. Scott Shaffer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University

Benefits of GHHS membership

With the support of the Gold Foundation and GHHS Supporters, GHHS funds educational events, supports research, promotes professional growth and creates opportunities for GHHS members to network with others who share their values and beliefs.

Benefits include:

History & early support

Inspiration for GHHS came from medical educators and residency program directors who expressed a need for a way to identify applicants to residency training programs who had outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Berrie Foundation, and an anonymous donor gave generously to launch GHHS. We are grateful for their crucial support.

Since its inception in 2002, GHHS has grown in influence to become a vital part of medical school and residency training program cultures throughout the US.

In 2012, we celebrated 10 years of GHHS:

In 2016, a GHHS identifier was placed on the Electronic Residency application making it clear that GHHS membership was something institutions advisors looked for in residency applicants. The power of GHHS lies in bringing together like-minded individuals to sustain their own humanism and to inspire and nurture humanism in others.

“It is hardest to practice the values of empathy and compassion when I am behind on my schedule, when multiple patients are waiting, and I feel pressure to rush. Physicians that do it best are the ones that are able to focus on each individual patient in the moment and temporarily forget the factors outside the room that discourage compassion.”  – 4th year medical student and GHHS Member

With the support of the APGF and GHHS Supporters, GHHS funds educational events, supports research, promotes professional growth and creates opportunities for GHHS members to network with others who share their values and beliefs.