PNWU-COM Joins Gold Humanism Honor Society


Last week, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) welcomed PNWU-COM to the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Family. Establishing a GHHS chapter at PNWU-COM serves to recognize students and faculty who exemplify leadership, dedication to service, and humanistic attributes of integrity, compassion, altruism, respect, excellence and empathy in clinical care—signifying to the medical community that PNWU places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for the highest level of patient care. Membership in GHHS carries a lifelong responsibility to model, serve, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care.

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Erin Hepner, MPH/MSN/ARNP/NP-C and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Dr. Joseph Salinas, MD will serve as co-Chapter Advisors of this new honor society at PNWU-COM. Kim Ha Wadsworth, OMS-III, Jacob Thatcher, OMS-II and Kassondra Firth, OMS-II, collaborated to prepare and submit all of the necessary paperwork to successfully obtain acceptance as a new GHHS chapter. In the welcome letter, GHHS director, Dorothy Levine, MD, noted that the Advisory Council Executive Committee approved this application in record time. Dean Scandalis noted that "Their extraordinary pace of approval is testimony to the thoughtful and meaningful application that reflects the values of our students and our medical school."

Peer nomination and selection to GHHS occurs during the third year of medical school in order to allow for evaluation of patient-centered care and humanistic values during clerkships. Newly selected members work together during their fourth year of medical school and beyond to establish a culture of humanism, provide community service, and facilitate activities promoting humanism in medicine. More information about the peer nomination process and application will be forthcoming.

Please join us in congratulating the team of students, faculty and administrators who worked hard to bring this new opportunity to our campus!