SMHS inducts Gold Humanism Honor Society members

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences


Ten medical students from the Medical Doctor Class of 2015 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences were recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Roger Schauer, MD, associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and rural medicine clerkship director, was inducted into the society as a faculty member.

Limited to fifteen percent of the senior class, the Class of 2015 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 2015, and their hometowns, are the following individuals:

  • Kirk Bjella, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Amanda Blanchard, Dickinson, N.D.
  • Jessica Corean, Hettinger, N.D.
  • Elizabeth Gray, Fargo, N.D.
  • Joshua Johnson, Mandan, N.D.
  • Bethany Kaemingk, Albert Lea, Minn.
  • Emily Lenz, Duluth, Minn.
  • Craig Meiers, Minot, N.D.
  • Andrew Mills, Bottineau, N.D.
  • Amanda Peterson, Valley City, N.D.

Pictured, left to right, are Amanda Blanchard; Associate Dean Nicholas Neumann, MD; Jessica Corean; Kirk Bjella; Elizabeth Gray; Joshua Johnson; Bethany Kaemingk; Craig Meiers, Emily Lenz; Amanda Peterson; Andrew Mills; Associate Dean Charles Christianson, MD; Rural Medicine Clerkship Director Roger Schauer, MD; and Director of ND STAR Simulation Center, Year-2 Clinical Skills, and Director of SIM-ND Jon Allen, MD.

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.