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Professionalism Program

Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Humanism Honor Society at the University of Maryland was established in October 2002 to provide a means of recognizing medical students, house officers and faculty members demonstrating meritorious humanistic qualities.

Approximately 10-15 percent of the 4th year class is elected to membership in the fall of each year. New members are nominated by peers and faculty members and are selected from among the nominees by a committee composed of clerkship directors and coordinators, academic deans, and faculty and resident honor society members. Six residents and one faculty member are also selected each year by those members of the society who at that time are associated with the medical center. Members also include those residents selected to membership in societies in other schools of medicine and a core group of humanistic faculty selected by the dean.

White Coat Ceremony

An annual White Coat Ceremony was initiated in 1997. We seek to instill a spirit of professionalism, and select speakers who reflect these values. After the completion of their structure and development course, students are given their white coats and are presented with a scroll containing a summary of core values we feel every medical student must uphold. This event is open to parents and loved ones. The students also sign a leather bound book affirming their dedication to upholding the school's Honor Code. The book has been signed by every class since the Class of 2006 and is kept in a case at the offices of the Medical Alumni Association.

Student Clinician Ceremony

In 2002, we initiated a Student Clinician Ceremony for rising third-year students in order to re-emphasize the values as students enter the clinical years. The Student Clinician Ceremony takes place immediately before the onset of the clinical years of medical school. Our students have just completed two rigorous years, learning basic science, and exploring, through clinical experiences, how to take a sensitive history and perform a thorough physical examination. The students now are ready to go to the bedside on a daily basis, and will have intensive and focused rotations in Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry.

Last Revision: November 13, 2014