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1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Arts and Humanities Committee

Our Mission: "To celebrate the artistic endeavors and expressions of humanism in medicine."

Current Projects

Gold Nuggets

A series of short presentations, no more than 10 slides in 10 minutes, interspersed once per month throughout 1st year lectures.


"Humerus" is a group of med students who get together from time to time to explore the art of improvisational theater, or "Improv." Nothing is memorized. Nothing is prepared. Plot, characters, and scene are created extemporaneously. Mistakes are more than OK: They’re essential. In other words, "Humerus" is the antithesis of medical school.

GHHS Video Project

We are in the process of creating a short film, inspired by the PBS NOVA Series "Doctors’ Diaries," which will shed light on what the medical school experience means at Jefferson, for students in all years of training. Students will be interviewed multiple times throughout the course of the 2010-2011 school year to observe any changes in their beliefs, behaviors, goals, and expectations. Through this video, we hope to explore how being a medical student is much more than a transitory period in our careers. It is an unrelenting force that manages to shape how we live.

SomeBodies in a Mausoleum

As one of its occasional art exhibits, GHHS is supporting "SomeBodies in a Mausoleum," on display at the "Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art," 531 N. 12th Street (aka Finney & Sons Monuments & Mausoleums), from November 18 - December 1, 2011. View the poster for the opening.

Gold Service Day

Committee members also assist the Development Committee with the annual Gold Service Day. See the photo galleries of recent events:

Past Projects

PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) Artistic / Medical Interpretations

Dr. Pohl and PAFA’s Department of Painting Chair Al Gury revamped a project involving demonstrations of artworks (paintings, models) that featured artistic interpretations from a painter and medical interpretations from clinicians on selected dates over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Golden Pen Essay Contest

Our essay-writing contest included all members of the Jefferson Community. Participants were asked to reflect on a topic involving humanism. Essays were judged by a panel of students, attendings, and faculty.

"Anatomy Academy"

During the months of January to April of 2011, PAFA celebrated the transfer of the "Gross Clinic" painting to its institute. As a way to add to the celebrations, we helped them set up an "Anatomy Academy" as a way to teach younger children very basic anatomy.

Committee Members, 2011-2012 Academic Year

Chair: Members: