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Gold Humanism Honor Society
Student Induction

New inductees will be welcomed into the GHHS at a formal ceremony which will take place each August. Formal invitations will be sent to inductees and to family or close friends who inductees identify. For this inaugural year of the GHHS at UTMB the event will be organized by the McGovern Chapter Faculty Sponsors. In future years, medical students, resident and faculty members of the society will organize and carry out the annual induction ceremony.

Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

Third year students select up to six residents to receive the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, based on their demonstration of commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues. Each award winner is presented with a certificate, a specially designed lapel pin and a check for $250 from the Gold Foundation. The awardees are also showcased on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) website.

The 2016 recipients are:

  1. Zaid M. Diken, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  2. Richard L. Lu, General Surgery
  3. Erin N. Jorgensen, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  4. Knema R. Bazazizad, Pediatrics
  5. Drew Rainer, Obstetrics & Gynecology–Seaton Austin
  6. Sam Hsieh, General Surgery

Previous Recipients

Selection Process
Nominations are usually solicited from the 3rd year class at the end of each clerkship and at the end of the clinical year. Each school creates a fair and objective method of selecting the resident award recipients.

  • consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients
  • serves as a role model–illustrates professional behavior by example - for students and colleagues
  • is approachable and accessible to students, welcoming opportunities for teaching and one-on-one mentorships with students
  • exhibits enthusiasm and skill in professional and personal interactions with students
  • shows respect for everyone he/she comes in contact with
  • demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse ethnic or religious backgrounds
  • displays effective communication and listening skills


2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 HETA recipient, Sam S.  Hsieh, M.D.
2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 HETA recipient, Sam S. Hsieh, M.D.
Presentation of the awards takes place during the Student Clinician's Ceremony. Usually a few words are said, or written in the program, about why each resident was chosen by his/her students, and the resident then has a few moments to address the incoming 3rd year students. Some schools also print the names of additional residents who received substantial numbers of nominations. The meaning of the award should be explained to all present as well as each item they will receive (frameable certificate, specially designed lapel pin, and check for $250).

Once a Student Clinician's Ceremony has been established at a medical school, the Gold Foundation will continue to provide up to six Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards each year. Grant agreements are sent out to participating schools in late winter. Schools should submit an on-line form for the awards at least four weeks prior to their SCC.

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