GHHS Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care

This year’s Solidarity Week will be February 13-17!

Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care is a special week each year around Valentine’s Day to celebrate patients and clinicians and the special bond of trust and compassion that yields the best care. Led by the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Solidarity Week is open to GHHS chapters and healthcare institutions around the world. We invite you to participate this year by creating special activities Feb. 13-17 to honor patients, recognize clinicians, and focus on the human connection that is so important to healthcare.

To participate in the 2023 Solidarity Week, sign up here to share your plans and request free Solidarity Week stickers. The deadline to request stickers is Feb. 6.

Download the Solidarity Week banner file (PDF) and print it locally or through a service like VistaPrint.

Follow the Gold Foundation on Twitter or Instagram and be sure to tag @GoldFdtn when you share Solidarity Week plans and photos, so we can reshare and celebrate with you.

The participation from our chapters during 2022 Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care was beyond inspiring. Our chapters held panel discussions on topics such as gentrification in West Philadelphia, Immigrant Health, and how to better care for our veterans. Our members baked, cooked, crafted, and put together gift baskets for their patients and their families, and most importantly spent hours harnessing a deep human connection with them. We are grateful to all of our members for the ongoing humanistic impact that they are having in their communities.

GHHS has chapters across the United States and around the world. Sharing photos of your Solidarity Week celebrations is a great way to connect to others during this special week. Click here to see how to connect during Solidarity Week.

How did Solidarity Week start?

The national Gold Humanism Honor Society office established National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care in 2011 to highlight the nation-wide movement promoting clinician-patient relationships based on caring, personalization, and mutual respect.  Momentum gathered particularly after the Senate passed a resolution in 2013 and 2014 to officially recognize Solidarity Day on the national calendar, and it is now typically celebrated on or around Valentine’s Day. Beginning in 2016, many chapters celebrated a week of events instead of just one day.

2022 Solidarity Week Participants

Augusta University Medical Partnership, University of Georgia
Boston University School of Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
East Tennessee State University – Quillen College of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Louisiana State University Health Shreveport
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York Medical College School of Medicine
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center – Family Medicine Residency Program
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Southern Utah
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine
The Hospital For Sick Children – University of Toronto
The Miriam Hospital
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado School of Medicine
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
University of Puerto Rico
University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School
University of South Alabama
University of Washington School of Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis
Weill Cornell Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education