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The Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) was introduced at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2002. This Society completed a quartet of programs at RWJMS, all designed to inspire and teach our students to become more humanistic physicians. These programs include the following:
The White Coat Ceremony at the conclusion of Orientation to the First Year. This ceremony highlights the importance of humanistic care, and concludes with the taking of the Hippocratic Oath by all incoming first-year students. We were the second medical school in the nation to have a White Coat Ceremony.
The Student Clinician Ceremony at the conclusion of Orientation to the Third Year, is run by rising fourth year students for rising third year students. It honors RWJ Residents who are role models for excellence in clinical practice and compassionate care giving.
The Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), for which students are selected by peer nomination in September of their fourth year of medical school, is considered of great importance in our school. The society recognizes and honors those students who are felt by their peers to be exemplars of excellence in compassionate care giving and empathy in the context of medical practice. The students who are selected for the GHHS are integrated into the teaching process for underclassmen in several ways. Students and Residents who are GHHS members regularly schedule events and educational sessions for the RWJMS community.