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School of Medicine Greenville

The Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) at the USC School of Medicine Greenville has been established to recognize medical students, residents and faculty that exemplify a commitment to excellence in humanistic clinical care, leadership compassion and dedication to service. Our school’s GHHS chapter is supported nationally by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine.

Eligibility & Selection

During the spring of their third year, USC School of Medicine Greenville students are encouraged to nominate fellow third-year students that serve as outstanding examples of humanism and professionalism. Nominated students are then confirmed by members of the faculty and staff. Eligibility requires good academic standing.


Activities & Awards

The USC School of Medicine Greenville hosts a ceremony to induct the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s newest members and honor those that exemplify the characteristics of humanism and professionalism in practice. The Student Clinician Ceremony is designed to provide guidance, information and support as medical students transition into their clinical years. The event is developed by students and faculty and aims to address some of the anxieties felt by students entering their clerkships and provides the opportunity to revisit the oath taken during the White Coat Ceremony.

As part of the Student Clinician’s Ceremony, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to Greenville Health System residents, selected by our students, who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and the compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues.

Additionally, a rising fourth-year USC School of Medicine Greenville student is honored with The Christopher Michael McManus Memorial Scholarship during the ceremony. The scholarship was established to honor the life and memory of Dr. Chris McManus. Awarded annually, the scholarship recognizes a student who most closely epitomizes the ideals and spirit with which Dr. McManus practiced medicine on a daily basis:

  • Commitment and dedication to the practice of medicine
  • Compassion for patients and their families
  • Personal integrity and enthusiasm
  • Intellectual and professional excellence

The recipient of the scholarship is selected from a list of candidates submitted to the McManus Scholarship Committee identified by the directors of the third-year clinical clerkships.