Gold Humanism Honor Society

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)

The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)'s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is a chapter of the national organization. It is considered an Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) chapter and is guided by an advisor and elected officers.

General Information about the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is to recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can service as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. The Society currently has over 24,000 members in training and practice. The power of the Society lies in brining together like-minded individuals to sustain their own humanism and to inspire and nurture humanism in others. GHHS honors medical students, residents, fellows, role-model physician teachers and others who demonstrate excellence in humanistic critical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. 

Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society; its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. The creation of a GHHS chapter signifies to the medical community that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for the highest level of patient care. 

Inspiration for GHHS began in the late 1990s when medical educators and residency program directors expressed the need for a way to identify applicants to residency training programs who had outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills. Thanks to a series of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, deans, medical educators and experts in assessment convened to explore the viability of an honor society to promote humanistic values and behaviors. Since its inception, GHHS has grown in stature and influence to become a vital part of medical school and residency training program cultures throughout the US. 

2012 Celebrated 10 years of GHHS:
10 Years of GHHS Video

Gold Humanism Website:

Information above reprinted with permission of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, copyright 2013