Harrogate, Tennessee, May 29, 2019 –The Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) has been recognized as a “2019 Distinguished GHHS Chapter.” The award is given to four of the 150 GHHS chapters at medical schools around the United States and recognizes exemplary achievement in fostering humanism in medicine through chapter-initiated actions, events and research.
“LMU-DCOM has been the highest on our radar for a new school and we were thrilled to award it to them,” said Dorothy Levine, MD, vice president of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
LMU-DCOM was recognized as a distinguished chapter alongside of The University of Colorado, University of Minnesota Medical School and The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. LMU-DCOM is the only osteopathic medical school ever honored as a distinguished chapter.
“Our mission is to prepare outstanding osteopathic physicians who are committed to the premise that the cornerstone of meaningful existence is service to humanity,” said Brian A. Kessler, DO, FACOFP, vice president and dean for LMU-DCOM. “As a new chapter of only three years existence, our honor society has hit the ground running. Its members are some of the most prominent and hardworking students on campus and are exemplars of humanistic patient care and are a testament to our university’s mission.”
Community service projects, student wellness programs and student-funded research grants are just a few of the projects that GHHS students have initiated. The Kenley Project (www.thekenleyproject.com) was launched by the GHHS chapter in February 2018, and has had a lasting impact on families within the region. The project is a student-led initiative that provides care packages for parents of stillborn and premature babies in the Appalachian region.
“Far too often, the needs of new parents and babies are overlooked. Our students went above and beyond their duty as caring providers in-training, and directly worked to address these needs,” said Justina Hyfantis, PhD, assistant dean of students at LMU-DCOM. “I have heard countless anecdotes about new parents overcome with emotion when they received the care packages. This is what compassionate care is truly about.”
The chapter recognition comes with a $750 award to use for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic season to enhance the chapter’s activities, as well as an individualized commemorative plaque for display. The GHHS is the heart of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s community of caring. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is an international not-for-profit organization committed to infusing and sustaining our health care system with a culture of compassion, care and respect for patients and practitioners. GHHS has a total over 27,000 members at chapters based in medical schools and residency training programs around the nation.
The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.