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20 medical students inducted into Gold Humanism Society

by Lauren Williams last modified Nov 12, 2009 08:57 AM

Compassion. Integrity. Altruism. Empathy. Twenty University of Louisville medical students were honored for having these and other humanistic traits Wednesday, Oct. 14, with induction into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Gold Humanism Honor Society.

20 medical students inducted into Gold Humanism Society

Amanda Chism secures a Gold Humanism Society pin to fellow inductee, Jeremy Clark.

The society recognizes senior medical students nationally who demonstrate excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Inductees are peer nominated.

Troy Graybeal was one of the inductees. When Graybeal noticed that some of his fellow students were having some difficulty with tough classes, he started a peer tutoring program so students could study together and learn from one another.

“It’s a great honor and very humbling,” Graybeal said of the honor. “This society is doing an important thing--shining a light in a dark corner where there are a lot of folks who want to help people and do the right thing. I’m truly honored to be a part of it.”

A 36-year-old with three children, non-traditional student Graybeal serves in the U.S. Army. He was a physician assistant for many years before deciding to pursue his medical degree, and he hopes to enter the field of interventional radiology.

Ganesh Kartha is preparing for a career in urology. Kartha assisted fellow students with board preparation. Honoree James Bell implemented a recycling and beautification program on campus.

“So much of medical school is centered around academic performance, but there is so much more to being a good doctor,” said Sandra Gold, Arnold P. Gold Foundation president and chief executive officer at the award ceremony.

Channeling the words of the character Hawkeye from the television show "MASH," she admonished students: “The head bone is connected to the heart bone, and don’t ever let them come apart.”

UofL students inducted into the Class of 2010 Gold Humanism Honor Society are James Bell, Jonathan Casey, Amanda Chism, Jeremy Clark, Brian Coleman, Kyle Cothron, Stephen Dinetz, Emily Fentress, Charles Gibson, Troy Graybeal, Ganesh Kartha, Daniel Kischnick, Chester Mays, Sowmya Srinivasan, Monalisa Tailor, Clint Tucker, Anna Uebele, Gregory Wilson, Jonathan Witten and Matthew Kelleher.

Also honored at the ceremony were Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching award recipients Kaci Durbin and Andrew Moore, residents in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and Paul McKee, resident in the department of family and geriatric medicine; and Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award recipient M. Ann Shaw of the department of medicine.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation was founded 20 years ago with the objective of helping physicians-in-training become doctors who combine the high tech skills of cutting edge medical science and technology with the human skills of communication, empathy and compassion. The Gold Humanism Society is one component through which the foundation strives to achieve its mission.

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