Students inducted into Gold Humanism Society

April 1, 2012

Twenty-seven BCM medical students were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society last month.
Twenty-seven BCM medical students were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society last month.

A select group of fourth-year BCM medical students had a lot to celebrate last month. Not only did they participate in Match Day and learn where they will be conducting their residencies, but 27 students were also inducted in to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The induction ceremony and presentation was held March 14 in Cullen Auditorium. The Gold Humanism Society honors medical students for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Inductees are chosen by their peers and represent the top 10 to 20 percent of medical students nationwide.

Student leaders

Students inducted at the ceremony were Salman Ahmed, Jehan Waijdali Alladina, Brandon Shaun Allport, Itamar Birnbaum, Jennifer Anne Braverman, Chase Allen Campbell, Chisa Echendu, Brian Andrew Frankel, Nicole Leigh Hannemann, Holly Kathryn Hodges, Kristen Michelle Hopkins, Brett Allen Johnson, Colleen Alyssa Keough, Robert Justin Knotts, Kim Lehecka, Douglas Smoot Lewis, Ang Li, Joshua M. Liao, Clarke Alan Low, Judy Lu, Mayer Rory Richard, Tiffany Leah Molina, Ann Ng, Israel Pena Jr., Andrew Freeman Perin, Gretchen Renae Winter and Tony Zapata.

Several of the inductees spoke at the ceremony about the role of humanism in the practice of medicine, including Josh Liao. He noted that there are always new developments and advances in medicine and science but those aren't the things that patients typically want to hear about. "They want to talk about how their health issues will affect their daily lives," he said.

Salman Ahmed echoed that, saying, "We, as doctors, are not just here to fix broken parts but to keep people living the lives they want."

Dr. Mary Brandt, associate dean of student affairs, also spoke at the ceremony, praising the students for their commitment to caring for patients.

Service projects

As part of the Gold Humanism Society, inductees have organized two service projects that benefit the community.

One is the Gold Closet – a clothing drive that benefits patients at Ben Taub General Hospital who have no clothes to wear as they are leaving the hospital. Donation bins are located at the main entrance of the Cullen building and in Pat Myint's office in the Office of Student Affairs, M220 in the DeBakey Building.

The other service project supports Pals Place, a program of Chapelwood United Methodist Church for teens with special needs. Through this program, mentors spend time with the teens while their caregivers enjoy a night out. The Baylor Gold Humanism chapter project will focus on the development of communication skills in the teens so they can create and maintain meaningful relationship skills and function better in a group setting.