Gold Connection podcast

The Gold Connection is a podcast created and produced by members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Gold Connection: A GHHS Podcast launched in August 2020 in conjunction with the debut of the 2020-2021 GHHS National Initiative: Humanism and Healing: Structural Racism and its Impact on Medicine. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, Overcast, RadioPublic, and many other podcast platforms, or listen below.

Episode 3: 2021 Solidarity Week: Honoring Compassionate Patient Care During a Pandemic

In Episode 3, we look to the 2021 GHHS Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care, an annual celebration of humanism that will look a bit different this year, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Director Louisa Tvito interviews GHHS chapter leaders and advisors about their Solidarity Week plans, speaking to members from The Ohio State University’s Medical School and University of South Alabama’s College of Medicine, as well as the Gold Foundation head of communications about how to leverage social media in this year full of social distancing and added precautions. Guests include Rana Elgazzar, President of OSU’s GHHS Chapter, and Allison Akers, OSU Solidarity Week Chairwoman, and from the University of South Alabama, Karen Braswell, GHHS Chapter Advisor, and Tyler King, GHHS Social Coordinator.

Dr. Hellen Ransom produced and edited this episode.

To learn more about Solidarity Week, visit our GHHS Solidarity Week page and our 2021 tweet collection.

Episode 2: “What Does Humanism in Mean & Why is It More Important Than Ever” with Dr. George Thibault

This episode features Dr. George Thibault’s powerful Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Lecture, presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Annual Meeting in 2018. Dr. Thibault delves into the history of humanism and present-day attacks on humanism, and leaves us all with this powerful reminder: “It will be hard to have humanism in medicine if there is no humanism in the world around us.”

Dr. Thibault is a Gold Foundation Trustee and Gold Humanism Honor Society member. He is the immediate past president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School.

This episode is hosted by Dr. Hellen Ransom, member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Advisory Council.

Episode 1: Introducing the 2020 GHHS National Initiative -> Humanism and Healing: Structural Racism and its Impact on Medicine

The first episode opens the conversation about the 2020 GHHS National Initiative, Humanism and Healing: Structural Racism and its Impact on Medicine, and features a variety of perspectives from a GHHS chapter advisor, two medical students and GHHS members, and a Gold Foundation leader. All are members of the GHHS Advisory Council.

Listen above, or listen on Spotify or through Anchor.

Hellen Ransom, DHCE | Producer & Editor

Hellen Ransom, DHCE, HEC-C (Producer and Editor of Episode #1) is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Ethicist at The Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) at East Carolina University, where she’s the Faculty Advisor for BSOM’s Chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society.




Enioluwafe Ojo
Enioluwafe “Eni” is an MD/MPH candidate (2021) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She is passionate about addressing mental healthcare disparities, the intersection of faith and mental illness, and caring for incarcerated populations. She loves to pickle foods and make beer with her husband.




Candice Passerella
Candice Passerella is a fourth-year medical student at Howard University, a Historically Black College that graduates the most Black physicians in the nation. She is a veteran, wife, mother, and she is applying for residency in psychiatry. She has also visited 39 states and 22 different countries to date.




Louisa Tvito
Louisa Tvito is the Director of Program Initiatives and the Gold Humanism Honor Society at The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Louisa is a social worker by trade and spent the early part of her career working with dementia patients and their families. Over her close to four years at The Arnold Gold Foundation she has developed a tremendous passion for working with medical students, residents, and physicians in training to promote collaborative, compassionate, and scientifically excellent care.

Show Notes


  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Horowitz Cain, 2012. Listen to her TED Talk.

Articles & Resources:

Social Media:

  • Woke Doctors — Instagram account
  • Twitter thread started by Dr. Mahad Minhas to encourage physicians to offer to mentor and advise fourth-year underrepresented minority medical students, by specialty