The Gold Humanism Honor Society 2016 Medical Student Induction Ceremony was held on June 17, 2016 in Switzer Plaza. Twenty-three students were inducted in this year’s cohort.
The Foundation’s logo, is a familiar sight in medical schools and centers throughout the country and abroad.
In 2015, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA established a chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). The GHHS is a signature program of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which seeks to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine and its constituent institutions.
The mission of the GHHS is to recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. The Society currently has over 22,000 members in training and practice. The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes senior medical students, residents, and role-model physician teachers for "demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service." GHHS serves as a steadfast advocate for humanism through a variety of activities for students and healthcare professionals.
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From EMS to MD
“I lived with my grandma for the first 5 years of my life and only spoke Hindi. Then I had a nanny who only spoke Spanish,” Shilpa Agrawal, a 4th year at the David Geffen School of Medicine, describes her diverse upbringing. At Duke University, she engaged in global health work, where she spent time abroad working with families that had lost mothers during childbirth.” She also worked as an EMT, and both experiences solidified her medical calling. “I loved the relationship of talking to families and taking care of patients,” she says. “Developing trust and building these personal relationships with patients betters my care for them.” Shilpa will pursue a career in cardiology upon graduation.
First Generation Physician
Arriving at the David Geffen School of Medicine for 4th year student Lutfi Al-Khouja was a dream come true. As one of four children, Lutfi grew up in Minnesota with his family as first-generation Syrian Americans. “I came in through the dual-degree program from Riverside,” he says, and “to be a part of UCLA’s world-renown training program was very exciting.” But medical school, he learned, “has been an arduous journey.” He adds that while “most of us have been dreaming about this our entire lives, and from the get go, all of us worked very hard to be the physician that we’ve always dreamed of being,” medical school was still “nothing like we’ve ever faced before.” Lutfi is thankful for the experience and will pursue a career in general surgery upon graduation.