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Students win gold for humanism in medicine

By John Washington
Public Relations

New inductees Laura Murray, from left, Aisha Jackson, Morganne Phillips, Danielle Volandt and Joe Ritchie recite the Gold Humanism Society oath.
New inductees Laura Murray, from left, Aisha Jackson, Morganne Phillips, Danielle Volandt and Joe Ritchie recite the Gold Humanism Society oath. photos by Aimee Murray, Public Relations

Compassion, integrity, and dedication to service are some of the qualities patients seek when looking for medical care.

These qualities and more describe the 12 senior medical students, residents, role–model physician teachers and other exemplars that were recently inducted into the Paul B. Underwood, Jr. Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The induction ceremony took place at noon on Feb. 11 at the Wickliffe House.

MUSC faculty speak of the inductees in the highest regard.

“GHHS inductees represent a select group of students who possess the qualities of compassion, altruism, respect, empathy, and service, all ideals of humanism in medicine,” said Deborah Deas, M.D., senior associate dean for Medical Education, College of Medicine. “Equally important, the GHHS inductees were selected by their peers who view them as role models for delivering compassionate and quality care to patients, families and communities,” she said.

The Paul B. Underwood Jr. Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society inductee class includes Carlton Glover, Carley Anderson, Juiei Teuber, Jason Williams Clay Crosby, Laura Murray, Danielle Volandt, Eric Knapp, Morganne Phillips, Joe Ritchie and Aisha Jackson.

Chapter namesake Dr. Paul Underwood joins new members.

“These inductees were selected by their 160 plus classmates as having the highest humanistic values — what an honor!” said Patricia McBurney, M.D., MSCR, a faculty advisor for the GHHS.

The GHHS chapter was established in 2004 and named after College of Medicine educator and physician Paul B. Underwood Jr., M.D., associate dean for student admissions and professor in the Department of OB/GYN. Underwood has been honored for his humanistic values in medical education and practice. MUSC joins 91 medical schools in the country that host a GHHS chapter. Each year, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the GHHS awards to promote excellence in medicine by emphasizing the relationship between practitioner and patient.

After being nominated by their peers, the inductees were put through a nomination committee that narrowed down the list based on the best communicators with their patients. Because of the in–depth nomination process, nominees are astonished and grateful when chosen.

“I consider it a great honor and a little flattering to be inducted into MUSC’s Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The fact that my peers thought enough of me to nominate me is very humbling and I am so grateful,” said Carlton Glover, a College of Medicine student.

Julie Teuber, another inductee, said “I feel very honored to be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. I am very happy that my classmates thought that my patient interactions on a daily basis warranted this great honor.”

March 27, 2014
 
 
 

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