Gold Humanism Honor Society

What is GHHS?

Established in 2002, the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is a national organization that is comprised of medical students, residents, and physicians whose members have been recognized for practicing patient-centered medical care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy.  GHHS advocates for humanism in medicine through a variety of events and activities (for more details, please visit The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Members of GHHS have the opportunity to work with peers on projects that benefit their classmates, patients, and the community at large.  As stated on the national GHHS website, these projects are geared at "helping physicians combine the high tech skills of cutting edge medicine with the high touch skills of effective communication, empathy, and compassion."  Current GHHS Members have also found that their projects provided excellent conversation points during residency interviews.

The Society recommends that medical students be selected for membership in their third year as soon as peers and clerkship directors have had ample time to observe clinical practice.  The inclusion of this honor should be in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) and selected students should be humanistic exemplars for the entire student body and should range from 10-15% of the class.

It is a true honor to be selected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  Members are inducted into the national organization at the beginning of their 4th year during the Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony, the honor is  mentioned in their MSPE and it is a plus for residency programs, and members are honored at the Senior Honors dinner and Graduation in May of their 4th year.


The Process:

Ballots are distributed by the Office of Medical Student Affairs electronically.  After all ballots are returned to Student Affairs by the due date, the office tallies all ballots and the tallied ballots are then presented to the H.E.A.R.T. Committee.  The top 25% nominees will then be asked to provide an essay (1 page) about why they want to serve as an active member of the GHHS.  H.E.A.R.T. will then select/elect the members of GHHS - which will comprise of approximately 15% of the entire class.