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.
GHHS National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care 2014
Coming...February 14, 2014
February 14, 2013
The 2013 participants celebrated the power of compassion:
Baylor COM- Hosted dinner/lecture on "Making Compassion Overt".
Ben Gurion U. of the Negev- Distributed Solidarity Day buttons.
Boston U. SOM- GHHS Members handed out buttons at BU medical center with a greeting and a smile.
Brody SOM of E. Carolina U.- Humanistic physicians shared their stories and perspectives on humanism and medicine.
Case Western Reserve U. SOM- Each chapter member performed "acts of kindness" at hospital.
Columbia Coll. of Phys. & Surg.- Hosted "Patient as Professor Rounds": panel of patients invited to discuss their positive and negative medical experiences.
East Tennessee Quillen COM- Handed out Solidarity buttons to all medical students, attendings, residents and other health care professionals.
E. Virginia Med. School- A flower and a valentine were left in each student's mailbox to give to a patient.
Albert Einstein COM- Made videotape on campus, asking: "What's humanism?" and "How do you maintain your humanism when going gets tough?"
Englewood Hosp./Med. Center- Organized table in hospital to educate staff and visitors about Solidarity Day.
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth- 4th year students delivered thank you cards to those around hospital who have had a positive impact on them.
George Washington U. SOM- Handed out Solidarity Day buttons.
George Washington U. Resident Chapter- Students, residents, attending physicians and others invited to write brief description of "Humanism in Action" to be displayed.
The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine- Assembled and distributed gift baskets to ICUs of 5 hospitals.
Howard U COM- "Humanistic Hearts at Howard": students and hospital staff invited to write down ways that they will practice humanism that day/week.
Icahn School of Med. at Mount Sinai- GHHS students handed out cards.
Indiana U. SOM- "March Humanism Honor Society Month" including weekly lunch speakers on topics relevant to humanism.
Jefferson Medical College- Members visited hospital waiting rooms and gave out coffee and snacks. GHHS member led mindful breathing exercises in waiting rooms.
Kaiser Permanente/Santa Clara Res. Chapter- Passed out "Hearts" defining humanism in medicine to all healthcare providers at 3 teaching hospitals.
Kirksville College of Osteo. Med.- Students visited local assisted living centers to read, sing, and do activities with residents.
Marshall U., Joan Edwards SOM- Students gave out buttons along with "Herd of Hearts" wristbands. Held assembly that included faculty and doctors sharing inspirational stories.
Med. College of Georgia- Displayed poster board on humanism and caring in hospital lobby and handed out sweets.
Med. U. of South Carolina COM- Delivered "Care Baskets" to families in waiting areas.
Meharry Medical College- Presented gift baskets to house staff at local hospital. Visited residents of retirement home and presented them with homemade Valentine's cards.
Michigan State U. Coll. of Human Med.- Passed out Valentine's cards to patients that contained an index card that read, "Doctors should..." Patients asked to complete the sentence.
New York Med. College- Grand Rounds titled, "Communicating Compassion About End-of-Life Choices;" Workshop on difficult conversations; "Take 5" initiative with students.
Northeast Ohio Med. U.- Displayed posters on school campus and in hospital with words, "Compassionate Care Is...". Students, residents, patients asked to write description of compassionate care.
Ohio State U. COM- Sponsored Culinary Arts event on the health benefits of chocolate. Cards collected saying, "humanism is..."
Oregon Health & Science U. COM- "Just 5 minutes"- students spent 5 minutes of day to learn more about their patients' lives.
Palliative Med. Team at U. Mass Memorial- Team member wrote blog and tweeted. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and students reflected on what they've learned from patients and their families.
Penn State COM- Organized a book collection for homeless center's lending library.
Rush Med. College- Presented lecture on ethical and humanitarian issues in medicine.
Texas A & M Health Sci. Ctr. COM/Scott & White Resident Chapter- Poetry reading for all faculty, staff, students and residents by Beryl Lawn, a physician and patient. Honored nurses.
The Commonwealth Medical College- Broadcast email to entire TCMC community with a quote about compassionate care and introduced the GHHS. Reading of inspiring quote by future inductee.
Touro U. Coll. of Osteo. Medicine- Encouraged everyone on campus and at hospitals to wear red and think and speak about humanism in medicine.
Tulane University SOM- Inpatient teams (students, residents, and faculty) delivered personalized valentines to their patients. Solidarity Day Lecture/lunch on Ectopic Pregnancy by Dean Sachs.
UMDNJ- NJ Medical School- A "lunch and learn" presentation of student reflections and speech by doctor/poet. Cards to patients explaining why students went into medicine.
UMDNJ- The Univ. Hospital- Announced "Cry of the Heart" poetry contest to compliment Solidarity Day.
U. of Alberta Faculty of Med. and Dentistry- Sold candy grams and donated proceeds to GHHS class cause, Pathways to Housing. Created "Compassion is..." chalkboard.
U. of Arizona COM- Phoenix- Made breakfast for staff and students.
U. of Arizona COM- Tucson- Formed Solidarity human chain. Recited examples of humanism, as well as music and poetry. Rep. from Congressman Ron Barber's office appeared and spoke.
U. at Buffalo SOM Residents- "Just 5 minutes" whereby students, faculty and staff asked to spend 5 purposeful minutes listening to their patients.
U. of Calif., Irvine SOM- Set up craft stations where patients/staff made cards to give to those that have provided compassionate care and embodied humanism in medicine.
U. of Calif., San Diego SOM- "Stories of Medicine," panel discussion of 4th year medical students sharing unique experiences in medicine.
U. of Colorado SOM- Students visited hospitalized elders and brought flowers and cards.
U. of Colorado SOM Resident Chapter- "Gratitude Visit Day": asked faculty, residents, students to recognize 1-2 colleagues for their hard work, compassion, or humanistic care, including a compliment.
U. of Conn. SOM- Challenged students, residents, faculty to perform "Twenty-six Acts of Kindness" to honor lives lost at Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT.
U. of Florida COM- Gave out candy and snacks. Encouraged visitors to take humanism pledge and thank staff, techs, nurses, especially recognizing those not ordinarily singled out.
U. of Illinois COM at Chicago- GHHS to begin focus on mental health awareness, targeting problem locally, overcoming stigma of seeking mental healthcare.
U. of Illinois COM at Peoria- Continued Peoria Cares Journal- on going blog "event". Shared anecdotes that illustrate how spirit of humanism is alive. Screened, "Dear Talula" followed by discussion.
U. of Illinois COM at Rockford- Acknowledged providers who have demonstrated empathy and compassion toward patients by providing thank you notes.
U. of Kansas SOM- Held an outreach event at hospital with balloons, buttons, stickers, as well as conversations, board games, etc.
U. of Louisville SOM- "Take 5"event. Goal was to collect students' experiences and stories form Solidarity Day for their GHHS newsletter to encourage students' humanism.
U. of Minnesota Med. School- Presented panel of GHHS students to share meaningful experiences. Encouraged students to discuss with a patient or stranger why they went into field of medicine.
U. of Missouri- Kansas City SOM- GHHS distributed roses, cards and buttons to patients at medical center.
U. of Nevada SOM- "Hearts of Gold" Week. Students created paper hearts to distribute to those they witnessed doing something compassionate.
U. of New Mexico SOM- Students took extra minutes to get to know their patients and distributed buttons.
U. of North Carolina SOM- Passed out gold ribbons to residents, attendings, and students. Posted huge valentine's thank you.
U. of Rochester SOM- Announcements to encourage faculty to show their commitment to compassionate care. Lollipop baskets on patient units with explanation of the day.
U. of S. Alabama COM- Distributed flowers, thank you notes, and goodie bags to nursing stations and ancillary staff. 3rd and 4th years circulated to talk to patients' families.
U. of Tennessee COM- Presentation of award to healthcare provider who exemplifies trait of GHHS. Video conference of event to other campuses.
U. of Texas Med. Branch- Galveston- Baked cookies and delivered to families of patients in ICU, surgery waiting areas, and inpatient units.
U. of Toledo COM- Organized "Well Read" book cart program whereby members passed out donated books and personalized bookmarks to patients and their families.
U. of Washington SOM- Implemented a "Take 5" extra moments with a patient at 3 main teaching hospitals in Seattle.
U. of Wisconsin SOM- Gave out Solidarity Day buttons and thank you cards to health care providers.
U. of Virginia SOM- Initiated pilot project whereby GHHS students will visit inpatients and dialysis patients who usually have no visitors.
Wake Forest U. SOM- "Shoe Shower" organized to collect new shoes to benefit needy children.
Warren Alpert Med. School at Brown U.- Sent poetry collection to the medical school student body via email. Created website for articles about humanistic medical care.
Wayne State. U. SOM- Members distributed candy bags and hand written notes to show appreciation for nursing staff at several hospitals.
West Virginia U. SOM- "Gold Humanism Week" including lecture series on humanism and related global issues.
Wright St. Boonshoft SOM- Invited 3rd and 4th year classes to recognize the value of their patients by spending an extra 5 minutes with their patients.
Yale U. SOM- Organized "Stronger Together": day of promoting solidarity throughout hospital by distributing buttons to entire medical team.
The 2nd Annual
GHHS SOLIDARITY DAY FOR COMPASSIONATE PATIENT CARE
February 14, 2012