The mission of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (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 power of the Society lies in bringing 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 clinical 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.
Candidates are nominated and then elected by peers within their class. Up to 15% of the class at each campus is eligible. The nominated individuals submit a CV to be reviewed by the current GHHS members. The GHS members then vote to elect new members.