Thank a Resident Day

The 2023 Thank a Resident Day will be Friday, Feb. 24!

This is a special annual day led by the Gold Humanism Honor Society to recognize resident physicians and celebrate their invaluable contribution to humanistic care.

Residency is a key component of graduate medical training, offering an in-depth exposure to medical practice. It can often lead to long working hours matched with many responsibilities. Residents serve as the “house staff” of the hospital and are an integral part to the healthcare team, often serving as indispensable resources for medical students, especially during a clinical clerkship. In 2018, the Gold Humanism Honor Society decided to bring to light the importance of the residence staff and encourage medical students at chapters throughout the nation to show their gratitude and appreciation. Thank a Resident Day has since expanded to hundreds of institutions around the country.

If your GHHS chapter or healthcare institution would like to participate in this year’s Thank a Resident Day, on Friday, Feb. 24, please sign up here to share your plans and request free stickers. Download the “We Love Residents” banner here.

Share your activities on Twitter by tagging @GoldFdtn and #ThankaResidentDay!



Looking for inspiration and ideas? 

Follow the Gold Foundation on Twitter or Instagram, and tag us with your Thank a Resident Day photos and updates.

View lots of suggestions and ideas for Thank a Resident Day activities (PPT).

Read about how GHHS Chapters and healthcare institutions celebrated in 2022.

Download the “We Love Residents” banner file (PDF) and print it locally or through a service like VistaPrint.

See the list of GHHS chapters and residency sites that will be celebrating Thank a Resident Day in 2023!


In 2022, more than 500 institutions participated in this special annual day to celebrate resident physicians and fellows. Learn more about the 2022 festivities through this collection of tweets.

Check out past Thank a Resident Day celebrations here: