Arnold P Gold Essay

Honoring Humanism in Medicine

As a medical student, resident, and fellow, Dr. Ann Hanley, assistant professor of neurology and a co-advisor of the newly established chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) at Einstein, had the opportunity to work with Dr. Arnold P. Gold, founder of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and Honor Society, an international organization which focuses on promoting humanism in medicine. Prior to the inaugural induction ceremony at Einstein, where 18 fourth-year students were honored on September 16th, she recalled her personal experiences working with Dr. Gold: “He was an amazing mentor, a kind and wonderful gentleman. I still have vivid memories of conversations with him about interesting cases. To see someone so compassionate and caring really made a mark.”


Sandra and Arnold P. GoldMembers of the Class of 2011 nominated peers for induction into the honor society by completing a survey that asked them to recognize those classmates who had shown a unique devotion to patient care, peers who, according to Ms. Mimi McEvoy, assistant professor of pediatrics and the GHHS liaison for Einstein, are “spending their time with patients, who are actually going out of their way and looking after somebody, going the extra mile for somebody.”

Those nominated then completed an essay describing their personal observations of humanism at work in medicine. From these, a committee comprised of Einstein faculty members reviewed and determined the 18 finalists.

They are: Elana Craemer, Maria Gervits, Juan Robles, Joel Bumol, Dimyana Abdelmalek, Binny Chokshi, Christopher Hawk, Simon Desjardins, Boris Paskhover, Hilary Rosenstein, Helen Nissim, Sunju Park, Mia Shapiro, Young Park, Nathan Clinton, David Bodnar, Naixin Kang, and Tamar Baer. (They were joined by four faculty inductees: Ms. McEvoy; Dr. Carol Harris, professor of clinical medicine, who had previously been awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Gold Foundation; Dr. Hanley, and fellow GHHS co-advisor Dr. Staci Pollack, who is assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health, and Ms. McEvoy.)


Maria Gervits and Simon Desjardins“Peer nomination is the first and most important stage of the selection process,” explained Ms. McEvoy. “After all, it is your peers, people who you’re working with, who really see you in action. Sometimes your superiors only see you when you’re doing an assessment or in a formalized meeting.”

Student inductee David Bodnar was truly humbled by the recognition from his classmates. “I was honored,” he said. “It’s one thing to be recognized by faculty, but when it’s your peers who single you out, that’s a whole different level.”

In his essay, Mr. Bodnar described an exchange he had observed between a resident and a family he was counseling. The resident had taken considerable time from his hectic schedule to help the family with an imminent passing. David recalled the encounter: “Residents are very busy…He had to miss some meetings…,and I’m sure it put him behind in his work…He took them to an isolated room to have a longer talk to get to know them well, so that when the patient actually did die, he made it very comfortable and easy for them to come to the hospital and know how everything was going to happen.”

Mr. Bodnar and his fellow inductees gathered for the ceremony in Lubin Dining Hall, where Dr. Edward Burns, executive dean, offered the keynote address, in which he emphasized the importance of doctors viewing treatment from the patient’s perspective and beyond the scope of purely abstract science.

Next, Dr. Sandra Gold, president and CEO of the Gold Foundation and Arnold Gold’s wife, led the induction ceremony. Dr. Gold, who was also present at the ceremony, told the students, “The Foundation is at the forefront of focusing on close, cooperative, caring relationships between doctors and their patients. You are entering into the GHHS and are a part of the leadership of this movement. We are counting on you.”


Seated are Sandra and Arnold P. Gold. Standing from left - Edward R. Burns, Nadine T. Katz, Staci Pollack, Ann Hanley, Mimi McEvoy, Stephen G. BaumTo conclude the evening, student inductee Simon Desjardins provided a reading of William Carlos Williams’ “Use of Force,” after which he and fellow inductee Maria Gervits performed George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”

As part of the College of Medicine’s participation in the honor society, the students and co-advisors have determined two projects that Einstein chapter members will pursue: extending a tour of sites in the Bronx that highlight the borough’s rich culture and community – previously reserved for third-year students – to all first-years, and compiling a database of local volunteer opportunities in which Einstein students can choose to participate.

“While these projects will require a lot of work, they will be great,” noted another student inductee, Binny Chokshi. “We’ve been entrusted with carrying out Dr. Gold’s legacy and making a similar mark in the lives of our future patients and students. These projects will help us to help future students to do the same.”

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