Maintaining Heart Key Theme at Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony

June 6, 2018
Members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society standing together

When David Popiel, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), was inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) as medical student, Arnold Gold gave him a challenge: find your next step in your practice of humanism.

Twelve years later, Popiel issued a similar challenge to the 25 medical students from the Class of 2018 inducted into GHHS.

“I know many of you have incredibly big hearts, very smart brains … I know many of you are just infectiously excited about practicing medicine … So what is your next step?” Popiel, this year’s GHHS faculty inductee, asked during the induction ceremony held at Washington, D.C.’s historic Willard Hotel during Commencement Week.

“If Dr. Gold were here, he would tell you to make sure you figure out how to grow that heart. Your brains will keep going – you’re going to continue to learn new things – but that heart, you have to figure out how you are going to nurture that, how you are going to groom that and maintain that ... you cannot neglect that heart piece.” 

Maintaining humanism remained a consistent theme during the ceremony.  

“We all have our stories. Everyone has a story. I think as long as you remember that with your patients, that is what is going to keep you human,” advised Laura Tiusaba Guzman, a fourth-year medical student at SMHS.

Fellow graduating student and inductee Emmeline Ha thanked the other society members and acknowledged how their compassion and support kept her going during medical school.

“Please continue to embody those values [of humanism] so that you can inspire your patients, your peers, and your students to be like that too,” she said.

Yolanda Haywood, MD, RESD ’87, BA ’81, associate dean for diversity, inclusion, and student affairs and associate professor of emergency medicine at SMHS, congratulated inductees and reminded them that “membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society is considered a mark of excellence.” She issued her own challenge as well.

“We talk about humanism, but your humanism is all grounded in your ability to love … your classmates, your patients, your families, and even us as the administration. Your challenge today as you move into the next stage of your career is to figure out a way to carry that with you and not ever let it go. Because there is such power in it – it’s unbelievable,” Haywood concluded.

The 2018 student inductees are:

Sagah Ahmed

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Internal Medicine


Mallette Asmuth

University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals Internal Medicine


Linda Ataifo

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Family Medicine


James Boddu

Jackson Memorial Hospital Neurological Surgery


Alexia Charles

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center Pediatrics/MPH


Nicole Doria

University of Pittsburg Medical Center-Medical Education Internal Medicine


Domenique Escobar

University of California San Francisco Medical Center Preliminary Surgery/General/Urology


Emmeline Ha

Stanford University Programs Family Medicine


Maria Nabil Henry

U Washington Affiliated Hospital Anesthesiology


Bridget Huysman

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Obstetrics-Gynecology


Ashtin Jeney

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center General Surgery


Priyanka Joshi

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatrics


Christina Kaba

University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center Primary Medicine/UCLA-VA


Alice Schmidt

Kehaya Oregon Health Science University Internal Medicine


Jamie Carpenter

Majdi University of New Mexico School of Medicine Family Medicine


Kaylah Maloney

Thomas Jefferson University Emergency Medicine


Omid Manoochehri

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine


Chloe Michel

Naval Medical Center San Diego General Surgery


Noah Ravenborg

University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center Primary Medicine/UCLA-VA


Julia Rozier

Carle Foundation Hospital Family Medicine


Matt Snyder

Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrics-Medical Genetics


Madeline Taskier



Jason Juan-Jye Teng

Stanford University Programs Emergency Medicine


Laura Tiusaba

Guzman Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University Preliminary Surgery


Sarah Van Remmen

University of Maryland Medical Center Psychiatry



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