Gold Humanism Honor Society
The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) honors students who have demonstrated humanistic values in their clinical training. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation defines humanism as:
“Humanism encompasses those attributes and behaviors that emanate from a deep sensitivity and respect for others, including full acceptance of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Further, humanism is exemplified through compassionate, empathetic treatment of all persons while recognizing each one’s needs and autonomy.”
Students are nominated at the end of their third year by their peers with whom they have completed third year. The three nominating questions are:
- Please choose a classmate who best personifies the quote, “the secret of good patient care is in caring for the patient.”
- Please choose a classmate who demonstrates respect for colleagues and the health care team.
- Please choose a classmate you would want as the doctor for yourself or a loved one.
Each student can nominate three peers per question, and can state why they nominated this person.
The GHHS selection committee, which is comprised of faculty members and residents who are GHHS members themselves, chooses the final list of students to be inducted based on the quantity and quality of votes. The Faculty Counselor for our GHHS chapter is Laura Gelfman, MD, and committee is comprised of Andrew Alexis, MD, Katherine Legare, MD, Ilana Ramer, MD, Carlos Rios, MD, Brijen Shah, MD, Bruce Belb, MD, and Katherine Wang, MD.
Per GHHS guidelines, this will not be more that 15 percent of the class. GHHS inductees are honored in the Gold Humanism Award Ceremony held in the fourth year and at graduation. GHHS students may mark the designation on ERAS.
Distinction in Medical Education
Distinction in Medical Education (DIME) recognizes students who have taken leadership roles in medical education and have developed and implemented a scholarly project related to the field of medical education. DIME is not for all students who teach, but rather it is awarded to those unique individuals who have dedicated significant time to and demonstrated excellence in teaching and/or curriculum development and who have taken a scholarly approach to their work in education. Students primarily engaged in teaching must produce scholarly work, evaluate their teaching/education interventions, and describe how they used results to improve their teaching/intervention. Education products for teachers may include the development of concept maps, slide sets, resource materials, web-based cases, etc. Learner evaluations provide important evidence of quality if a project is primarily related to teaching. You may apply for DIME in your fourth year of medical school and we select recipients based on your application and your meeting DIME criteria. A committee within the Institute of Medical Education makes these determinations. If you graduate with DIME, we will note this both on your diploma and at the Graduation Achievement Ceremony. Program guidelines and a link to the application form are available on the Distinction in Medical Education page.
Distinction in Research
This award is for students who carry out an original research project, rather than participating in a technical capacity on an ongoing project. We award the designation of Graduation with Distinction in Research to students who publish a peer-reviewed manuscript on which they are the first author or who submit a first-author manuscript on their work that is judged to be of publication quality by an ad hoc Distinction in Research Committee. If you graduate with Distinction in Research, it will be noted on your diploma and you will be recognized at the Icahn School of Medicine Achievement Ceremony. This is an exciting opportunity to receive recognition for creativity and originality. It is a valuable educational component for those interested in a career in either academic or clinical medicine. We encourage you to begin research during the summer between their first and second years. Program guidelines and a link to the application form are available on the Distinction in Research page.
Distinction in Global Health
Graduating medical students are welcome to apply for the Distinction in Global Health (DIGH). DIGH recognizes students who have shown significant dedication to global health during their time at ISMMS through scholarly work, education, leadership, and/or service. We define Global Health work broadly as "the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide". This typically involves work with underserved populations, and can be performed either abroad or in the United States. Graduating MD students in good academic standing are eligible to apply during the open call period in early spring. We are looking for those students with a longitudinal engagement in Global Health throughout their time at ISMMS.
More information and the application can be found on the Global Health Blackboard page.