SMHS inducts Gold Humanism Honor Society members

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Twelve medical students from the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2016 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on June 11 at the induction ceremony in Grand Forks.

David A. Billings, MD , clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UND SMHS, and an OB-GYN for Trinity Health in Minot, N.Dak., was inducted into the society as the faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Napoleon Espejo, M.D., the 2007 faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award was the keynote speaker.

Limited to fifteen percent of the senior class, the Class of 2016 inductees were selected through a process that included peer nomination and subsequent confirmation by the School’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Oversight Committee. Each student’s clinical performance and record of community service was considered.

Honorees from the Class of 2016, and their hometowns, are the following individuals:

  • Annie Braseth , Kalispell, Mont.
  • Betsy Dickson , Gilby, N.Dak.
  • Hannah Dupea , Bigfork, Mont.
  • Samantha Dusek , Grafton, N.Dak.
  • John Emmel , Fargo, N.Dak.
  • Rachel Fearing , Williston, N.Dak.
  • Joshua Greene , Devils Lake, N.Dak.
  • Josalynne Hoff , Bowdon, N.Dak.
  • John Roller , Bismarck, N.Dak.
  • Justin Shipman , Watford City, N.Dak.
  • Emma Swanson , Fargo, N.Dak.
  • Michael Traynor, Jr. , Fargo, N.Dak.

Committed to fostering a culture of professionalism and humanism, the School's Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter provides a formal mechanism to highlight and recognize, as a group, those students who exhibit high levels of humanistic qualities in their day-to-day lives. These qualities include integrity; sound moral reasoning; compassion and empathy toward patients; effective communication skills; the ability to engender trust and confidence among patients, staff, and colleagues; and a deep commitment to humanitarian services.

The GHHS is funded by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.