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Gold Humanism Honor Society inducts 36 new members at UMMS

By Colleen Locke

UMass Medical School Communications

June 10, 2021

The UMass Medical School chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society inducted 26 School of Medicine Class of 2022 students as members on June 2. The students were nominated by their classmates and mentors as exemplars of compassionate, patient-centered care. Six residents and four faculty members were also inducted.

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The Gold Humanism Honor Society is a signature program of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, an international nonprofit committed to fostering and maintaining a culture of compassion, caring and respect in health care.

“If you think about the words integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy, wouldn’t all six together represent the best of our profession?” Chancellor Michael F. Collins asked in his opening remarks. “It's hard for me to think anything else but that you represent the best in our profession.”

Michael C. Ennis, MD, professor of family medicine & community health and the chapter’s advisor, presented the student Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award to Marya Pulaski, MD’21. As the faculty winner of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Vandana Nagpal, MD, assistant professor of medicine, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Nagpal encouraged the student inductees to be open and curious about other people’s stories, to be thankful and to be kind.

Nagpal was inducted into the society along with the faculty members and residents that the student inductees selected. Student chapter members introduced the student inductees, who then introduced the faculty and resident inductees. Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, provided closing remarks.

“This pandemic year has taught me is that in its true sense, medicine should be humanism,” Dean Flotte said. “We should strive to help our patients reach their fullest potentials in their human physical bodies by treating and curing their diseases and promoting their wellness. But not only in their physical bodies, but also in their human minds, emotions, souls and spirits, helping each of them as a whole human person. Your amazing stories illustrate this beautifully.”

Founded in 2002, the Gold Humanism Honor Society is a signature program of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, an international nonprofit organization committed to fostering and maintaining a culture of compassion, caring and respect in health care. The Gold Foundation also designed the White Coat Ceremony, which has become rite of passage for first-year medical students. UMMS established its GHHS chapter in 2014.

The 2021 GHHS inductees are:

Students
Emily Adler
Maimuna Ahmad
Kara Banson
Mary Bassaly
Sarah Blackwell
Rodney Bruno
Deirdre Buckley
Deniz Cataltepe
Han Yan “Michelle” Chang
Peter Cruz-Gordillo
Brennan Dagle
Amberly Diep
Emily Gentile
Megan Hansen 
Alexander Kaplan
Iha Kaul
Leo Kuwama
Anushay Mistry
Shafik Mutaawe
Olivia Nuelle 
Nishwant Swami
Simone Thibault
Filia VanDessel
Bronwyn Wada-Gill
Charlotte Walmsley
Timothy Winn

Residents
Matthew Asirwatham, MD
George Ciociolo, MD
Catherine Hill-Verrochi, DO
Jose Mercado-Matos, MD
Laura Schoerning, DO
Brandon Smith, MD

Faculty
Gary Blanchard, MD
Elizabeth Eagleson, MD
Luu Ireland, MD, MPH
Vandana Nagpal, MD