Five EnMed students were inducted into the 2023 Golden Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). The inductees include Antara Dattagupta, Lauren Fitzgerald, Amelia Khoo, Cailin O’Connell and Ashmi Patel.
“It is an honor to be inducted into GHHS,” said Dattagupta. “GHHS promotes humanism in medicine by showing appreciation for current health care workers and targeting the future generation of health care workers by instilling foundational principles of empathy and compassionate care.”
“Our students are exceptional,” said Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Texas A&M University School of Engineering Medicine dean. “However, these students are honored as exemplars of compassionate patient care who serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.”
“I truly believe that humanism in medicine is a key part of providing patient-centered health care,” Dattagupta said. “Whether the road to recovery for a patient is short or long, humanism can lead to improved outcomes and change for the better — a change that I am excited to be a part of through GHHS.”
Since its inception in 2002, GHHS has grown in influence to become a vital part of medical school and residency training program cultures throughout the United States. Initial inspiration for GHHS came from medical educators and residency program directors who expressed a need for a way to identify applicants to residency training programs who had outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills.
“I’m honored to have been selected for GHHS,” said Fitzgerald. “The people I’ve been surrounded by in the EnMed program have helped me grow more every day, and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities we have to serve others through both medicine and engineering. We are so lucky to get to do what we do, and I hope to continually learn how to better serve and care for patients.”
With the support of the Gold Foundation and GHHS supporters, GHHS funds educational events, supports research and professional growth and creates opportunities for GHHS members to network with others who share their values and beliefs. The program began with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Russell Berrie Foundation and an anonymous donor. The society currently has more than 40,000 members in training and practice.