Congratulations to the Inaugural Members of the PNWU-COM Chapter of GHHS!!!

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine joined medical schools across the nation in fostering humanism in medicine by selecting its first members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society from the Class of 2018. This inaugural cohort boasts 23 exceptional osteopathic medical students (photos below), two dedicated faculty members and PNWU-GHHS co-chapter advisors Professor Erin Hepner, MPH/MSN/ARNP/NP-C and Dr. Joseph Salinas, MD.

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From L to R, top to bottom: Hugo Araujo Lino, Trevor Archibald, Hilary Baer, Sarah Balog, Kristina Bowen, Taylor Brown, Elia Cole, Daniel Dunbar, Zachary Featherstone, Leia Franchini, Michael Franklin, Ryan Grow, Rachel Kennedy, Lindsay Noah-Vermillion, Gerardo Perez, Brian Proctor, Namratta Sehgal, Nguyen-Thao Tran, Violeta Geanina Tregoning, Kim Ha Wadsworth, TaReva Warrick-Stone, Jared Wenn, Shaina Whittlesey 

“We look forward to working with the students on their ideas as we continue to inspire a culture of respect, dignity and compassion in medicine—at PNWU-COM, in our respective communities, and beyond,” said Professor Hepner.

“This provides a tremendous opportunity to hold our medical students to the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, and patient-centered care,” added Kim Ha Wadsworth, OMS-IV and founding PNWU-GHHS member.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is an international nonprofit organization committed to fostering and maintaining a culture of compassion, respect, and empathy in health care. The GHHS, one of its signature programs, recognizes students, residents and faculty who are "exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine.” Membership in GHHS carries a lifelong responsibility to model, serve, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care. The Gold Foundation also designed the White Coat Ceremony, which has become an important initiation for first-year medical students and their families. 

In addition to international recognition of humanistic achievement, GHHS provides members with leadership development opportunities; chapter awards and grants; networking and mentoring connections; professional conferences, lectures, and workshops; and resources to promote humanistic care in their community.

Newly inducted PNWU-GHHS members will be meeting over the next few weeks to discuss their service plan for the upcoming school year. The 23 students and two faculty members will be inducted during a formal ceremony on campus before graduation. Each year, up to 15 percent of each class can be inducted into the GHHS through a rigorous selection process, which includes peer and faculty nomination and a review of each student's required essay, clerkship comments and record of community service. 

We look forward to these members furthering the mission of GHHS and highlighting Humanism in Medicine throughout our Campus and Community.

More information about GHHS: www.gold-foundation.org/programs/ghhs/

APGF video celebrating 10 years of GHHS (2012): https://youtu.be/OW9KmE565nI