Humanism & Excellence in Teaching AwardThe Gold Humanism Honor Society


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Third year students choose a select number of 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 monetary gift from the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. The awardees are also showcased on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) website.

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.

Criteria:
  • 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

The awards are presented at the Senior Banquet & Induction Ceremony held in the spring. 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 gift from the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine).