Students, faculty and trainees unite around humanism

The OHSU Gold Humanism Honor Society inducted 24 new members in March

April 2, 2014

In every profession, it's good to remember your purpose, your skills and your limitations – in short, to remain grounded. For physicians, one of these core professional concepts is humanism. Members of the School of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society vow to keep humanism at the forefront, and pledge to advocate for humanistic patient care and be role models and mentors in their field.

Twenty-four new members took this pledge and joined the OHSU chapter of GHHS during the induction ceremony in March. Benjamin Larson, MS4, and Gordon Noel, M.D., FACP, professor emeritus of medicine, provided remarks during the ceremony. New members include:

Medical students in the Class of 2015

  • Bianca Fatima Veronica Argueza
  • Ethan H. Beckley
  • Jillian M. Curiel
  • Michelle L. DeChant
  • Shu Feng
  • Erin B. Fennern
  • Liska L. Havel 
  • Divneet Kaur 
  • Steven D. Larsen
  • Stephanie A. Laudert 
  • Linda H. Lin 
  • Phebe L. Matsen 
  • Poorav J. Patel 
  • Michael Z. Saladik 
  • Bristol R. Schmitz 
  • Katy M. Schousen 
  • Dallas J. Swanson
  • Rebecca L. Williams


  • Birtukan B. Cinnor, M.D., internal medicine
  • Abigail Kennedy, M.D., internal medicine
  • Sheevaun Khaki, M.D., pediatrics
  • Andrew Lawton, M.D., internal medicine
  • Eva Patil, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology

Established in 2002, the GHHS is an international association of individuals and medical school chapters. Its mission is to foster, recognize and support the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine. The GHHS commits itself to work within and beyond medical education to inspire, nurture and sustain lifelong advocates and activists for compassionate patient care.

OHSU started its GHHS chapter in 2011, and chapter advisor Carrie Phillipi, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, has provided leadership since it began.

The local GHHS chapter is active at annual events like the white coat ceremony and in support of the National Solidarity Day, during which all providers are encouraged to spend a purposeful five minutes talking to a patient and discovering something they would not have otherwise.