These are the doctors that other doctors want caring for their own families.
The UMass Chan Medical School chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) honored faculty, students, and residents for their humanism in healthcare—defined as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care—at a ceremony in June 2022.
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
The Tow Award recognizes those who are exemplars of humanism in healthcare, exhibiting the qualities of integrity, excellence, collaboration, compassion, respect, empathy, and service.
Tow Awards are given to one faculty member and one graduating medical student each year. This year, both awards went to doctors affiliated with the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track at UMass Chan-Baystate.
Elizabeth Eagleson, MD: Faculty Award Winner
Dr. Elizabeth Eagleson MD, who is a PURCH learning community mentor, delivered the keynote address on the importance of empathy—for patients and for physicians themselves.
“What’s with the empathy, Eagleson?”
Dr. Eagleson recalled being asked that question by her senior when she was a medical student. Today, she says that empathy is still central in her approach to patient care.
Eagleson believes that empathy can empower patients, foster trust between physician and patient, and help to bridge the gaps that impact health.
But, she cautioned that doctors can't be everything for everyone at all times, and advises that they learn how to support patients without taking on their suffering.
"When you are feeling impotent in the face of suffering," she said, "Remember that listening is a therapeutic intervention."
Bronwyn Wada-Gill, MD: Student Award Winner
Bronwyn Wada-Gill, PURCH Class of 2022, is entering Family Medicine residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. She also received the Ann Nemitz Memorial Award for her commitment to caring about her patients and embodying the ideal that it is 'a privilege to serve.'
“Never in a million years did I think I could be deserving of such honors as the Leonard Tow and Ann Nemitz awards," said Wada-Gill.
"I will humbly attempt to emulate the passion, generosity, and ingenuity my classmates and faculty have shared with me over the last four years. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for bestowing this gift to me and my family. I will cherish the honor and work hard to make you proud!”
UMass Chan-Baystate Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees
Faculty, resident and student inductees are nominated by their peers.
Eric Churchill MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate, was one of four faculty inducted into GHHS.
He is the Director of Student Affairs and Learning Community Mentor, UMass Chan-Baystate.
Dr. Churchill is also the Director of the Internal Medicine Residency's Primary Care Program at UMass Chan-Baystate.
Surgery Residents Tim Morley, MD PG4 and Aloys Nsereko, MD PG2 were among the six residents inducted.
"This incredible gesture from UMass medical students recognizes an area of excellence that Drs. Morley and Nsereko have made evident to us since starting as residents," said Dr. Neal Seymour, Surgery Residency Program Director. "They have always demonstrated common cause in their dedication to humanity and decency in patient care. Kudos to Tim and Aloys for serving as such great examples to other trainees!"
Eight of the 26 UMass Chan medical students inducted into GHHS are in the PURCH Class of 2023. They will undertake projects related to their membership in their last year of medical school.
- Ashvin Antony
- Hannah Lynn Caringal
- Joseph Douglass
- Theo Eldore
- Mary Marchese
- Sabahat Rahman
- Emily Vicks
- Jaclyn Wong
About the Gold Humanism Honor Society
Founded in 2002, the Gold Humanism Honor Society is a signature program of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, an international nonprofit organization committed to fostering and maintaining a culture of compassion, caring and respect in health care.
It is the first and only medical school honor society devoted to humanistic excellence and has helped transform medical education and reorient the definition of optimal care. Its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.
The Society currently has over 40,000 members in training and practice.
UMass Chan Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter inducts 36