Reflections on humanism

A special group of Baylor trainees reflected on what humanism in medicine means to them – and they are in a unique position to provide such insight as the latest inductees into the Baylor College of Medicine chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Sixty-five new members were inducted into the society at the March 9 ceremony, including medical students, residents and – for the first year – faculty. The Gold Humanism Honor Society is an international organization that recognizes, supports and promotes the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine. Established in 2002, it is named for Dr. Arnold P. Gold, a child neurologist at Columbia University, and its mission is to work within and beyond medical education to inspire, nurture and sustain lifelong advocates and activists for compassionate patient care.

Some of the inductees’ personal reflections follow:

Raymond Verm recounted the story of realizing that no one had explained to a 17-year-old gunshot victim that he had been left paralyzed. The job fell to Verm, who told his patient, “You got this man,” and continued to tell him every day to be strong.

“Humanism didn’t enter my mind, all I knew was I had to help him. Humanism means nothing without action to back it up.” – Raymond Verm

Diana Whitney treated a morbidly obese teen who showed symptoms of early diabetes. He was an engaged patient but Whitney sensed that his mother was upset. She learned that the boy’s brother had been seen recently in the emergency room but died there. She made sure that her patient and his mother didn’t feel overlooked.

“Humanism means remembering that patients are more than their diagnoses and hearing their stories.” – Diana Whitney

Laura Hiles recalled her own experience as a teen who faced a difficult time after the death of her brother in a car accident. Feeling lost, she turned to a teacher who had let Hiles know that she wanted to help. She learned early on that you don’t have to be a doctor to display humanism.

“Humanism is noticing the things around you – it could be a colleague, it could be a patient – and then you do what you can for them, when you can.” – Laura Hiles

Medical student inductees:

  • Patrick Lyle Adams
  • Noman Nooruddin Ali
  • Eman Bahrani
  • Jeffrey Scott Berman
  • Saira Bhatti
  • Danielle Nicole Brown
  • Cecilia Yachuan Cai
  • Katherine Powers Calaway
  • David Yi-Eng Chiang
  • Daniel J. Scott Chilcote
  • Sara Eileen Curtis
  • Adriana Carolina Gamboa Ayala
  • Laura Ann Hiles
  • Martin Kim Huynh
  • Armstrong Chukwunonso Ibe
  • Grace Anne Jamail
  • Beverly Patuwo Lee
  • Sarah Michael
  • Michelle Tu Anh Nguyen
  • Marian Eugenia Rain
  • Matthew Bateman Rees
  • Christine Botros Rizk
  • Molly Colleen Tokaz
  • Jonathan Nam-Hai Tran
  • Raymond Anderson Verm
  • Diana Leni Whitney
  • Catherine Margaret Wilson
  • Anthony Christopher Wood
  • Danny Hsu Yang
  • Jean-Huei Yau
  • Ann Love Young
  • Affan Zafar
  • Sana Aaron Zekri
  • Mark Nicholas Ziats

Resident inductees:

  • Dr. Ameera Ahmed – Medicine
  • Dr. Sandra Alexander – Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Jaya Arora – Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Dana Billups – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Albert Chen – Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. Alfredo Echeverria – Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. Ashraf El Naga – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Dr. Ben Gold – Medicine
  • Dr. Kristen Guilford – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Danish Haque – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Daniel Hyman – Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Dr. Ali Khalifa – Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Lauren Pace – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Shirali Patel – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Diana Prieto – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Shira Sachs – Medicine
  • Dr. Kenny Sam – Radiology
  • Dr. Courtney Shipman – Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Dr. Ashley Smith – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Christina Smith – Psychiatry
  • Dr. Mahveen Sohail – Medicine
  • Dr. Matthew Walker – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Dr. Mark Yurewicz – Psychiatry

Faculty inductees:

  • Dr. Andrew Caruso, assistant professor of medicine
  • Dr. John Coverdale, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences
  • Dr. Catherine Eppes, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology
  • Dr. Eric Silberfein, associate professor of surgery