College of Medicine and Life Sciences - Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

Student Clinician and Gold Humanism Honor Society Ceremony

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The Student Clinician Ceremony (SCC) is a transitional experience designed to provide guidance, information and support to medical students beginning their clerkships.  The event is developed by current GHHS students with the assistance of an advisor and aims to address some of the anxiety felt by students entering their clerkships.  By providing insight, discussing fears and expectations, and revisiting the oath taken during the White Coat Ceremony, the SCC provides a forum for collective and reflective discussion of the students’ experiences in medicine to date.  It also underscores the challenges and imperatives to providing humanistic care to patients at the same time as they are pressed to demonstrate high standards of skill performance.

The SCC also recognizes outstanding residents through the Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award.  Third year students choose up to six residents who have exhibited particularly strong teaching skills and are role models for compassionate, relationship-centered care.  At the ceremony, students describe why each resident was chosen, and the residents address the class of incoming third year students.

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) In addition to recognizing the rising third year students as they bridge to clerkships, the SCC ceremony is also a time to recognize the induction of the newest class of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) members.  

The local UTCOM chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) was established in 2005 to help promote qualities of altruism, compassion, and service amongst medical students, residents, and attending physicians in the Toledo medical community. The society is composed of members from each third year medical school class, elected by vote from their peers in recognition of their selfless attitude towards patients and colleagues. 

Each year students select a keynote speaker who serves as a humanistic role model. All rising third-year and newly inducted GHHS students attend this very important rite of passage.

For more information, visit the Gold Foundation website.

2021 Virtual Ceremony

Last Updated: 6/27/22