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Gold Humanism Class of 2021

Apr 03, 2020

Fifteen members of the M.D. Class of 2021 and two faculty members have been chosen for the FSU Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine defines humanism as the link between compassion and scientific competence. When practiced, humanism in medicine fosters relationships with patients and other caregivers that are compassionate and empathetic. It describes attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values, autonomy, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others. The humanistic doctor demonstrates the following attributes (I.E., C.A.R.E.S).

  • Integrity: the congruence between expressed values and behavior.
  • Excellence: clinical expertise.
  • Compassion: the awareness and acknowledgment of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it.
  • Altruism: the capacity to put the needs and interests of another before your own.
  • Respect: the regard for the autonomy and values of another person.
  • Empathy: the ability to put oneself in another’s situation, e.g., physician as patient.
  • Service: the sharing of one’s talent, time and resources with those in need; giving beyond what is required.

The GHHS Class of 2020 selected the newest faculty inductees:

  • Robin Albritton (Marianna faculty) (FSU M.D. alumnus, '07)
  • George Rust (main campus faculty)

The students selected for the Class of 2021 are listed below with their regional campuses.

  • Laksmy Castillo (Fort Pierce)
  • Edward Corty (Sarasota)
  • Elizabeth Hull Dennison (Pensacola)
  • Gerry “Sammy” Eichelberger (Daytona)
  • Ciara Grayson (Tallahassee/Thomasville)
  • Shelby Hartwell (Sarasota)
  • Julianna Godwin Kacheris (Pensacola)
  • Evelyn Kassim (Fort Pierce)
  • Richmond Laryea (Fort Pierce)
  • Kyara Marquez (Fort Pierce)
  • Jasmeka Colvin McCord (Fort Pierce)
  • Shani Peter (Sarasota)
  • Jason Rivera (Daytona)
  • Berni Schor (Sarasota)
  • MaKayla Smith (Tallahassee/Marianna)

“It was encouraging to see so many of our students recognized by faculty and staff from across all four years of the curriculum AND their classmates,” GHHS faculty advisors Daniel Van Durme and Suzanne Harrison wrote in an email announcing the winners. “These students rose to the top as true exemplars of humanism by receiving multiple nominations from faculty, staff and peers in EVERY category demonstrating clinical excellence, service to others, patient-centered approach to care and compassion."