• Press Release

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Receives Arnold Gold Foundation’s Recognition for Humanism in Healthcare

  • New York, NY
  • (April 30, 2020)

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been awarded the prestigious Arnold Gold Foundation’s “Outstanding” ranking, in recognition of the school’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and its work throughout the school year.

The Gold Humanism Honor Society at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai honors those students who have demonstrated humanistic values in their clinical training.

“We are so proud of the way in which our students continue to uphold the values and legacy of our medical school and Health System, never wavering from our focus on justice, equity, and humanism in the context of their work as doctors, scientists, and advocates for our patients,” says David Muller, MD, Dean for Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

This year, 19 students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During the year, these students came together to collaborate on two projects focused on humanism in medicine, including “Photovoice,”in which students worked with a wide spectrum of Mount Sinai patients who agreed to photograph themselves to share their personal stories. Patients were asked to use the photos to address questions such as, “What is hard about being a patient?” and “What does a good day look like? What does a bad day look like?”

A separate project involved a food fair, conceived by students to reflect the ethnic and culinary diversity of the community where The Mount Sinai Hospital is situated, straddling the distinct neighborhoods of Manhattan’s Upper East Side and East Harlem.

In announcing the recognition, the foundation described the purposeful activities that it hoped to highlight through the award:

  • Increase engagement and empathy with the diverse patient community they serve
  • Encourage clinician resilience and team-building
  • Teach advocacy and leadership skills so critical for today’s clinicians
  • Highlight the importance of compassionate care at all levels in the healthcare workplace

In congratulating the Icahn School of Medicine students, the foundation’s leadership offered this thought: “It is always reassuring for patients, alumni, and donors to see how the medical institution they depend on focuses its up-and-coming classes of physicians on the importance of keeping health care human.”

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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