The Gold Humanism Honor Society comprises individuals who have been recognized for practicing patient-centered medical care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. Members may be selected as third year medical students. Residents, faculty and administrators may also be recognized for humanistic practice at various stages in their careers.
On March 19, 2018 six members of the class of 2019 and three faculty members at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine recently earned a top honor by being inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The prestigious group, part of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, recognizes those who display a dedication to health-focused advocacy, a recognition of the power of community service, a commitment to personal excellence, and an empathic heart.
The six students were: Andrew Barr, Lamvy Le, Andrew Plaster, Ankita Sridhar, J. Harrison Wade, and Nathan Ziman.
Faculty inductees for 2018 were: James Franko, M.D., J. Albert Hagy, Jr., M.D., and Thomas Morel, M.D. A surprise induction was presented to Cynda Johnson, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the medical school for her tireless efforts in supporting a curriculum and culture of humanism at the school. Johnson has announced her plans to retire later this year.
In addition, six resident physicians were awarded Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards. They were: Lauren Cantwell, M.D. (a 2016 alumnae of the medical school), Henry Dodd, D.O., Brian Fletcher, D.O., Dahea Kim, M.D., Rikin Kadakia, M.D., and Caleb Pagliasotti, M.D.