Student InductionThe Gold Humanism Honor Society


New inductees are welcomed into the GHHS at a formal ceremony which takes place each spring. Formal invitations are sent to inductees who may then invite family and close friends. For the inaugural year of the GHHS at UTMB the event was organized by the McGovern Chapter Faculty Sponsors. Since then, the medical students, along with the McGovern Academy staff, have organized and carried out the annual induction ceremony.

Third year students select 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 inducted to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and is presented with a certificate, a GHHS lapel pin and a monetary gift from the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. The 2024 recipients are:
  1. Dr. Zachary Burgess, Otolaryngology
  2. Dr. Anni Chowdhury, Internal Medicine
  3. Dr. Luke Fletcher, Obstetrics/Gynecology
  4. Dr. Austin Johnson, Otolaryngology
  5. Dr. Camila Narvaez Caicedo, Neurology

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

Presentation of the awards takes place during the Senior Banquet & Induction Ceremony. Usually, a few words are said about why each resident was chosen by the 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 (frame-able certificate, specially designed lapel pin, and a monetary award).