• 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 is a national and international source of unrivaled education, translational research and discovery, and collaborative clinical leadership ensuring that we deliver the highest quality care—from prevention to treatment of the most serious and complex human diseases. The Health System includes more than 7,200 physicians and features a robust and continually expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the country and the Icahn School of Medicine as one of the Top 20 Best Medical Schools in country. Mount Sinai Health System hospitals are consistently ranked regionally by specialty and our physicians in the top 1% of all physicians nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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