In 2006, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health initiated a Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which seeks to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine and its constituent institutions.

The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes senior medical students, residents, and role-model physician teachers for “demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.” GHHS serves as a steadfast advocate for humanism through a variety of activities for campus students and health care professionals.

Annually, each member of the third-year class at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health nominates peers for inclusion in the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Peer nominations are then forwarded to medical school administration and GHHS members (students, faculty and staff) for review.

No more than 10 percent of the student body will be invited to join the Gold Humanism Honor Society annually. Those who accept this invitation will plan and perform a service project during their fourth year of medical school. Members of GHHS are also recognized on their residency applications and are eligible to join graduate medical education (GME) chapters.

Projects for the 2019-20 school year include the establishment of peer wellness groups as well as participation in nationwide “Thank a Resident Day” and Solidarity Week.

Any student, resident, or faculty member interested in participating in GHHS projects can do so by attending monthly GHHS meetings and hearing about upcoming projects.