The first ever GHHS National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care was held on February 14, 2011 just weeks after the tragic shootings in Tucson. It was ignited by the humanistic actions of Randall Friese, M.D., the University of Arizona trauma surgeon who was the first to treat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Dr. Friese struck a chord when he said that the most important thing he did for her in the ER was to take her hand and tell her that she was in the hospital and would be cared for. GHHS rallied more than 40 medical schools and centers in the US and Canada to demonstrate-through a variety of activities-their support for Dr. Friese and their commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care. Now an annual event, each year schools, medical facilities, and other organizations show their support through many diverse events and activities. For the second year in a row, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution declaring February 14th as National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care.
GHHS National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care 2014
February 14, 2014
Thank you to all who celebrated, including:
Albany Medical College- Students engaged patients and asked for stories about their families and lives.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine- Collaborated with other NY schools on "Take 5" and "Pay it Forward" activities.
Alpert Medical School of Brown University- Presented Ethics Movie Night featuring "How to Die in Oregon."
Bay Path College Physician Assistant Program- Offered programming that incorporated compassion/empathy throughout the day. Held physician/patient panel.
Baylor College of Medicine- Resident program directors distributed homemade cookies to residents, along with information on GHHS and Solidarity Day.
Boston University School of Medicine- Sponsored The Therapeutic Power of Dogs: a visit with therapy dogs. Offered panel discussion on preventing burnout.
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University- Hosted lunch and bake sale. Manned table where students discussed "Gold Standard in Patient Care" with visitors.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia- Engaged patients in making posters about compassionate care and valentines for medical staff. Faculty and staff did same for patients.
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons- Participated in "Take 5" initiative with local schools, whereby students on rotations took extra time to listen to patients.
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine- Partnered with local cancer center to reach out to cancer patients and write notes of encouragement.
East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine- Buttons, flowers, and valentines were distributed to patients.
Eastern Virginia Medical School- At card station at nearby hospital, nurses, doctors, and students made cards and wrote notes of support to patients.
Englewood Hospital- New Jersey- Distributed bracelets and GHHS information in hospital lobby.
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine- Students placed gift baskets with healthy snacks in ICU family waiting rooms and nurses' station.
Howard University College of Medicine- GHHS chapter organized Solidarity Week.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai- Organized "The Humanism One-Liner Project" where student teams conducted brief patient interviews and posted personal descriptions on hospital doors.
Indiana University School of Medicine- Offered GHHS themed weekly speaker series for month of April.
Iona College- Speech Communication Studies Dept.- Hosted "Healing Power of Art" to increase humanism in medicine, including storytelling event for speech patients and art display.
Jefferson Medical College- Handed out Solidarity Day buttons to students and staff in hospital atrium and displayed "Random Acts of Kindness" board.
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center- Residents distributed sweets and thank-yous to colleagues and support staff that they perceived as humanistic.
Marshall University, Edwards School of Medicine- Initiated Gold Education Summit with West Va. Univ. to expand knowledge of humanism and humanistic care.
Medical College of Georgia- Students singled out staff person who displayed meaningful act of compassion and wrote that person a letter.
Medical University of South Carolina- Chapter provided clothes for emergency room patients in need upon discharge from hospital.
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine- Broadcast "Doctors Should...," a list of suggestions compiled from last year's Solidarity Day.
Miriam Hospital- Rhode Island- Residents wore buttons as teaching tool to talk about GHHS work and mission.
New York Medical College- Participated in "Take 5" initiative along with other area chapters.
Northeast Ohio Medical University- Debuted a "Before I Die" Wall, based on an international public art project which was cycled through several campus locations.
Ohio State University College of Medicine- Set out basket of chocolate kisses for patients and staff, inviting them to take 2- one for self and one to give another person. Organized Twitter campaign of humanistic messages.
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine- Held "Just 5 minutes" event.
Paul Foster School of Medicine/TTUHSC- Distributed buttons and notes of thanks to nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, housekeepers, etc.
Penn State University College of Medicine- Organized Sav-A- Soap: students and faculty donated toiletries to local homeless shelter. GHHS members delivered donations and gave brief talk about humanism and GHHS.
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania- Fundraising event was held in conjunction with 5 different campus student groups interested in community service.
Rush Medical College- Handmade Valentine cards distributed to patients, along wth blank thank yous for patients to complete.
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School- Tables set up to invite all students and faculty to write encouragments on Valentine cards for patients.
Scott & White Healthcare- Collaborated with Texas A & M to display gold hearts with messages of "what patients have taught them".
Stanford University School of Medicine- Students reflected on what compassion means to them as part of group session called Doctoring with CARE.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine- Partnered with other NY schools to participate in "Take 5" and "Pay it Forward" activities. Placed hundreds of flyers around campus.
Texas A & M Medical Health Science Center College of Medicine- Students wrote gold hearts: "what patients have taught them."
Tulane University School of Medicine- Each hospital team presented their patients with personalized valentines and special treats on rounds.
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentristry- First and Second year students were asked to describe what compassion means to them. Responses were displayed. Thank yous given to special patients.
University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix- Students, staff, and faculty asked to post pictures and write what compassion means to them.
University of Arizona College of Medicine- Tucson- Organized Solidarity Day and Week, including human chain, lunch, and other activities.
University of Buffalo School of Medicine- Participated in "Just 5 Minutes" event, asking members, staff, etc. to spend purposeful minutes listenting to patients and their families.
University of Buffalo Resident Chapter- Collaborated with UME chapter on "Just 5 Minutes" and random acts of kindness activities.
University of Colorado School of Medicine- Asked students and doctors to recognize 1-2 colleagues with detailed compliment on "Gratitude Visit Day".
University of California- Irvine School of Medicine- Posted "Compassion is..." and "Dare to Be Kind" boards. Also held Medleys performance and handed out appreciation cards.
University of California- San Diego School of Medicine- Sponsored "Stories of Medicine": panel discussion of fourth year medical students.
University of Connecticut School of Medicine- Invited members to add humanism examples to display in school lobby.
University of Hawaii, Burns School of Medicine- Offered "Humanism Week", including essay and art contests, guest speaker, and posters. Partnered with HUGS to make cards for terminally ill children.
University of Illinois- Chicago College of Medicine- Valentines created by students for pediatric inpatient units. Presented a student panel addressing homophobia, racism, and conflct of interest on wards.
University of Illinois- Peoria College of Medicine- Posted "Peoria Cares" blog.
University of Illinois- Rockford College of Medicine- Gave notes with treats to patients, physicians, and staff whom students felt could benefit from random act of kindness.
University of Kansas School of Medicine- Members thanked care teams with cards and flowers and encouraged others to do random acts of kindness.
University of Louisville School of Medicine- Students made thank you cards to give to those who make a difference as part of the health care team, including nurses and aides
University of Maryland School of Medicine- GHHS sent email to medical students describing Solidarity Day with reflections on compassionate care. Asked for and collected reflections.
University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine- Members distributed roses, cards and buttons to patients at medical center.
University of North Carolina School of Medicine- Presented "Love Your Resident": GHHS recognized activities of residents.
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry- At homeless shelter, set up evening clinic throughout February to assess for wounds and frost bite. Conducted sock and mitten drive for homeless.
University of South Alabama College of Medicine- Asked students to wear buttons and red clothing to increase awareness of putting patients first. Also delivered thank yous, breakfast, and goody bags to nurses.
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine- Buttons given as gifts and worn at Student Clinician's Ceremony.
University of Tennessee College of Medicine- Distributed GHHS self-reflections and thank yous to hospital staff. Presented videos about compassion and human touch, along with discussion.
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston- Provided doughnuts to nurses' stations and cookies to families in waiting rooms.
University of Toledo College of Medicine- GHHS chapter hosted lunch for students, faculty, and staff at medical center. Introduced GHHS and how to get involved in Well Read book program.
University of Virginia School of Medicine- Organized "Appreciative Gossip" Week.
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health- Invited students and faculty to discuss patient care topics.
Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital- Passed out thank you dessert and buttons to pediatric residents as a reminder to perform acts of kindnes for someone at hospital.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine- Presented flowers and valentines to patients.
West Virginia University School of Medicine- Participated in Gold Humanism Summit along with Marshall University/Edwards School of Medicine.
Wilkes University Nurse Practitioner Program- Distributed Solidarity Day buttons.