Highlights from the 2014 Induction ceremony

The 2014 Induction ceremony occurred May 1st at the Fulginetti Pavilion at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Dr. Dan Matlock MD MPH Provided the Keynote address “Do patients really want a revolution” and Dr Norma Wagoner, PhD gave provided historical background into the creation of the Gold Humanism Society and the Colorado Chapter in her talk “The Gold Foundation’s Leadership in Influencing the Culture of Medicine.”

63 new members were inducted and honored with certificates, lapel pins, and publication of essay submissions in the “What humanism means to me” book.

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What is Humanism in Medicine?

Humanism in medicine describes relationships between physicians and their patients that are respectful and compassionate. It is reflected in attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values, autonomy, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others.

Humanism Honor SocietyThe humanistic doctor demonstrates the following attributes (“I.E., C.A.R.E.S.”):

Integrity: the congruence between expressed values and behavior.

Excellence: clinical expertise.

Compassion: the awareness and acknowledgement of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it.

Altruism: the capacity to put the needs and interests of another before your own.

Respect: the regard for the autonomy and values of another person.

Empathy: the ability to put oneself in another’s situation, e.g., physician as patient.

Service: the sharing of one’s talent, time and resources with those in need; giving beyond what is required.


So…What does humanism mean to you?

What does humanism mean to you?

What does humanism mean to you?

We asked our 2014 Inductees to share their definition of humanism with us and we were moved by their reflections…here are just a few of their responses. 


It seems simplistic to say that medicine is about caring for people, but it is surprisingly easy to lose track of that central insight into why we are doing what we are doing. Humanism is about recentering ourselves within this potentially alienating health care system and recognizing that we are taking care of human beings in all of their complexity.  

In my eyes humanism is embodied in attention to the mind, body, and spirit. Only when I am caring equally for those aspects with compassion and respect do I feel like I am humanistic, caring for the whole person, and healing as a physician. Throughout my training it is the providers that have maintained respect and compassion in caring for the whole person that I aim to exemplify. Moving forward in residency and in my future practice I am committed to following my mentors’ examples as I continually foster a mentality of humanism in caring for the mind, body, and spirit. 

Humanism in medicine means recognizing my patient as a person, understanding both their injury and their concerns, and treating them as I would treat my own family. It means going beyond the minimal amount of work needed to treat them, and striving to make a more lasting connection to ensure their total care is exceptional. When this happens, the patient receives better care, feels better about their care, and I know that I have done everything I can do to improve their life. 


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Welcome 2014 Resident and Fellow Chapter Members!

Congratulations to the class of 2014! Sixty three University of Colorado residents and fellows were honored in the May 1st Induction Reception ceremony at the Fulginetti Pavilion. 

The names and specialties of Univerisity of Colorado’s humanistic providers:

 And… The faces:



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Congratulations to the Providers Recognized for Solidarity Day 2014!

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Share your Solidarity Day Stories

We know you have been inspired by someone who has touched your life or the lives of others in their daily work. Solidarity Day is a great way to show them that the good they do has made an impact on you.

We would like to hear your stories about those people who have exemplified compassion in their work and would love to see photos of how you honored them by recognizing the good they have      brought to others. Please follow the following link to share your story:


Send images to jessica.campbell@dhha.org

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Celebrate Solidarity Day!

Join the Colorado Gold Humanism Honor society and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine society this February 14th, 2014
Solidarity Flier 2014

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Dr William T Branch addresses the Colorado Gold Humanism Chapters

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September 17th 2013

We were delighted to have Dr. Branch, a pioneer in the field of Humanism in Medicine, as the Brettell Visiting Professor for General Internal Medicine this year.  He shared his experiences and observations in relation to humanism spanning his 50 year career over 2 days. Dr. Branch addressed humanism in the era of scientific objectivity, the era of improved patient communication, and the era of wide-spread teaching of communication skills. Additionally he covered the topics of professionalism, appreciative inquiry, well-being, renewal, reflective learning.

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