Congratulations to second-year residents Harmeet Bawa, M.D., and Mundeep Bawa, M.D., who have been inducted into UF’s Resident Chapter of the national Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS).
They were nominated by their peers for induction into the organization, which comprises medical students, residents, faculty, and other leaders who serve as role models of the human connection in health care.
The UF branch, called the Chapman Society, is an active chapter that regularly participates in local and national humanism programs and activities. It was established at the UF College of Medicine during the 2002-03 academic year as part of a national effort to provide a means of formally recognizing medical students, residents, and faculty members demonstrating exemplary behavior that promotes humanism in medicine.
We asked Drs. Harmeet and Mundeep Bawa what humanism means to them.
“Compassion and empathy are vital parts of treating patients, especially in the moments before surgery. In the perioperative setting, we establish a unique bond with our patients, and it is an incredibly humbling experience to comfort our patients at the most vulnerable time in their lives. It is an honor to be inducted into the GHHS and strive to inspire, foster, and encompass these qualities in our practice.”
“Humanism encompasses an important aspect of patient care, and it is a great honor and privilege to be a part of a patient’s health care journey. Patients are at their most vulnerable at the time we see them, and it is humbling to have the compassion and empathy to guide them through their life-changing moments. Being inducted in GHHS is an incredible honor and I am looking forward to learning from our peers, mentors, and patients.”
The Resident Chapter was formed in 2014 with funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Residents can be nominated by medical students (each year six are inducted in this way) or by their peers (each year 20 are inducted in this way). Once inducted, all residents remain part of the GHHS at the national level even when they leave UF. The 2022 inductees represent a range of specialties.
GHHS was founded in 2002 through the generous support of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Berrie Foundation, and an anonymous donor. It now has more than 160 chapters in medical schools and residency programs. More than 35,000 medical students, physicians, and other leaders have been inducted and serve as role models of the human connection in healthcare.