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GHHS Chapter Recognized
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Media Release Memphis, TN   UTHSC Staff Writer: Jackie Denton May 12, 2020   UTHSC Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter Recognized with Exemplary Ranking Written by Jackie Denton  | May 12, 2020Members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society host an ice cream social as part of Resident Appreciation Day.   Fourth-year medical student and UTHSC Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Chattanooga Student liaison, Larissa Wolf remembers when she received a care package during her second-year of medical school from the UTHSC Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter. The gift came just in time, since Wolf would be spending most of the year applying the information she learned in the classroom to study and excel in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Board Exam.   The care package came from her peers, senior medical students, and contained treats, useful items and notes of encouragement.   "Receiving the care package eased my anxiety," said Wolf, who became a member of GHHS and served as the Chattanooga Student Liaison this past year. "People are behind you, even if you don't necessarily see them. It's important to be mindful about taking care of ourselves." Members of the society have maintained that tradition, while also starting new initiatives. The chapter's hard work has recently been recognized by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation with the "Exemplary" award.   The ranking is the highest given by the Gold Foundation to a chapter that continuously strives to increase engagement and empathy within their community, encouraging resilience and team building, teaching advocacy and leadership skills, and highlighting compassionate patient care. "This recognition shows how passionate our cohort is about providing humanistic care," said Victoria Goodwin, M4, and GHHS Memphis Student Liaison. Several years ago, UTHSC members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society started care packages for second-year medical students. The tradition continues to this day. The society recognizes medical students who exemplify humanism in medicine. Membership into the society starts with nominations by classmates, identifying peers who continuously show excellence in both clinical and interpersonal abilities and model the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, and empathy.   Nominees then submit essays. Those are judged by a selection committee composed of current GHHS members and faculty. All are blinded to the identity of the writers. About 10 percent of third-year UTHSC medical students are inducted into the society.   "One thing that really brought that (the spirit of humanism) out was when everyone started putting in their ideas for their projects to do this year," Goodwin said. "Our members were really passionate about their projects and most were a continuation of something they were already doing." Those projects included volunteering at free clinics, working with underserved patient populations, and continuing the traditions started by their peers in previous years, including the annual Resident Appreciation Day, the care packages for M2s, and connecting with alumni mentors to build resiliency.   As GHHS members, students build leadership and interprofessional skills since the projects and activities hosted by the society are led by the students, with encouragement and support from GHHS faculty and advisers.   Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, FRCP-London, assistant dean for Well Being and Medical Student Education, founded the UTHSC GHHS Chapter in Chattanooga in 2009 and currently serves as Chapter Leader and adviser for the Chattanooga campus. Renate Rosenthal, PhD, Professor and assistant dean of Behavioral Science Integration, serves as adviser for the Memphis campus, and Pam Scott, director for Graduate and Medical Student Education, and Courtney Orloski, medical student services specialist, serve as GHHS chapter administrative liaisons.   "Our job is to make sure that students can follow up on the things they really want to do because the fourth year is so busy," said Dr. Rosenthal. The fourth year of medical school brings with it exams, as well as residency applications and interviews. "It is much to the credit to the students that in spite of all this, they rise to the occasion and follow through on their good intentions and projects." Victoria Goodwin, M4, GHHS Memphis Student Liaison was key in role modeling and coordinating the activities on the Memphis campus.   The main project this year for the Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga campuses was the "Tell Me More" initiative, which highlighted compassionate patient care. The project allowed students to ask patients a few simple questions about themselves. The information was then posted on a card placed in a patient's room. The card served as a conversation starter for anyone interacting with that patient, adding a much-needed human dimension to the patient's care. Jami Reece, M4, GHHS Knoxville Student Liaison, said the "Tell Me More" project helped her take the time to slow down and spend more time talking to patients about their stories outside of gathering just their medical history. "This reinforced in me that it's important to get to know our patients beyond their medical history, it helps them feel more at home in the clinic and I'll take that with me into my residency program."   The chapter hopes to start a new tradition with the "Tell Me More" project.   "We are proud of our inductees and their projects are examples of their compassion and relationship-centered care," said Dr. Panda. "You don't have a choice if you're going to leave a legacy, but we have a choice on what kind of legacy you are going to leave. Each of these students will pass on this legacy for other students and will continue this wherever they go into their residencies. Working with these students and experiencing and witnessing firsthand their human connection with their teams, with their patients, gives me joy, hope and comfort that our vocation is in good hands."   JD/PS
COVID-19 Updates 4-6-2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
Media Release  UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, TN April 6, 2020   Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates forThe UT College of Medicine ChattanoogaFor Our Heroes on the Frontline of the COVID-19 Pandemic!   The last month has certainly grabbed our attention with an unprecedented pandemic unlike any crisis our city, country, and the globe have encourtered in a century.  This virus has changed many of the routine ways we have functioned and continues to impact us and require us to adapt.  We want to emphasize our gratitude for each of our own colleagues who are tirelessly leading the battle against our common enemy to serve the citizens and patients in our community.   On April 2, 2020, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee both issued mandatory executive orders requiring all individuals except for key essential workers to stay in and work from home, limiting travel to your immediate area for food, medications, and other supplies or to care for elderly or at risk individuals in the community.  Most businesses, schools, daycares, salons, and gyms are now closed (as of Saturday, April 4, 2020, 12:01 AM).   Essential businesses, including hospitals, restaurants for take out or delivery, groceries, pharmacies, etc. remain open and essential employees may report to duty.      Administrative staff in the Deans Office have been primarily working remotely from home for the past few weeks with approval from the main UTHSC campus.  Department Chairs have the authority to make similar decisions regarding their UT-paid administrative staff.  We are all continuing to reply to emails, plan for incoming and graduating Residents and Fellows, and return phone calls to ensure smooth operations of our GME Programs.  In person conferences with more than 10 individuals are effectively suspended and many departments have transitioned to viritual, zoom or similar means of conferences and essential didactics and communication.  We are seeing lots of creativity and dedication from many programs and individuals.   In light of your professional responsibilities as physicians in the face of the Stay at Home orders, each of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Residents and Fellows has been individually emailed a letter authorizing that he/she is an Essential Employee during this crisis and will continue to report for duty at the hosptal as asigned by the appropriate Program Director.  These letters were signed by Dr. Robert Fore, our Associate Dean and Designated Institutional Official responsible for our Graduate Medical Education Programs and were sent Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, by the Office of Graduate Medicla Education.  We recommend that you save the letter to your phone or print a copy to keep with you as you travel back and forth to the hospital for duty.   All elective Visiting Resident Rotations to the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga have been suspended until further notice as have elective external rotations for our own Residents and Fellows to clinical sites outside Chattanooga.  The only exceptions have been for ongoing, required rotations for UT Murfreesboro Residents rotating on PICU and Inpatient Pediatrics on our campus to meet accreditation requirements not otherwise available for those new programs.   The Executive Dean for the UTHSC College of Medicine has suspended clinical medical student and PA student rotations at all statewide clinical campuses.  This was a decision at the recommendation of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  All prior approved visiting student rotations have also been suspended until further notice.    As of today, April 6, 2020, students have been assigned to one of a few online clinical courses for Block 4 -- most are assigned to the "Crisis Medicine Course" that was developed specifically for this pandemic.  Decisions have not yet been made for Block 5 which begins a new academic year on the first Monday of May.   At the request of Dr. Ron Buchheit, Medical Director for EROC, Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine for Erlanger, daily Erlanger COVID Updates are being sent from him via the Office of Graduate Medical Education to all Residents and Fellows.  Similarly Medical Staff members are being sent these daily updates from Dr. Buchheit via the Erlanger Office of Medical Affairs.   Our Assistant Dean for Well-Being and Medical Student Education, Dr. Mukta Panda, has said that, "We acknowledge that we are now facing an unprecedented challenge and that we have not witnessed anything of this magnitude in our lifetime.  Our work in medicine and the current threats to our families, our co-workers, and to ourselves often creates a heightened sense of anxiety and fear, which is a common human response.     The UT College of Medicine Deans and staff want to reassure you that we are in this together. We will rally as a community around our commonUnity to ensure efficient clinical care, society responsibility, and education. We are all committed to these missions.  In addition, we will also care for our colleagues and ourselves. Sometimes stress and anxiety can creep up on us. It can be hard to recognize that we're stressed and anxious, and soon we start to feel overwhelmed."   Please remember that there are multiple resources available from the UTHSC and UTCOM Chattanooga benefit structure that can be as simple as a telephone consultation with a mental health specialist or a series of telehealth consultations through NexGen or the resources with LifeBridge, coordinated through the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society.  [doc=3975, Click on this hyperlink to view a flyer with contact information for all our Well-Being Resources.]    For additional information about our well-being initiatives, please click here to view our Well-Being webpage.   Please take care of yourselves and each other as you tirelessly care for your patients and our community.    
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