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The Gold Humanism Honor Society Members: Benjamin Mati
Benjamin Mati was born in New York City but eventually split time between a house in the woods with his mother in Maryland and an apartment in downtown NYC with his father. Inspired by a semester in Florence, Italy, he found himself easily immersed in cultural and linguistic anthropology courses at NYU; anthropology became his major. After university, he spent 2 years living and working in public schools for the town government of Oji-cho in Japan. Deciding that if he could learn Japanese, he could learn medicine, he moved to Philadelphia, found work as a research coordinator at Temple University, and began taking pre-medical pre-requisite courses in the evenings.
Ben was fortunate enough to find a place at Jefferson where he has invested himself into nurturing the humanities in medical education. He created an annual non-credit elective course for 2nd year students focusing on nutrition and integrative medicine that is currently in its 4th year. As chair of the Arts and Humanities committee in GHHS, Ben is putting together a series of 10 minutes lectures for 1st year students focusing the the intersection of the humanities and medicine. He is very humbled and honored to have been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.