32 honored for their compassionate care


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.

There’s so much to learn in medical school, and four years is such a short time to learn it.

What is sometimes lost in the pressure and stress of medical training is the promise voiced by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates: “To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.”

There’s an organization that’s part of the University of Florida College of Medicine that recognizes those students who never lose their integrity and respect for others, who can maintain compassion and concern even in the face of stress and adversity.

It is the Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and Tuesday evening, it celebrated a new crop of soon-to-graduate medical students who would do Hippocrates proud.

Dr. Kurt Scherer, 2008 graduate of the UF College of Medicine, is now a second-year radiology resident in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He told a roomful of young colleagues that in 16 days, they will be matched with programs all over the country to begin internships and residencies in their own specialties.

“You’ll be sent to a new place where no one knows who you are,” he said. “But UF prepares you well. All you have to do is look for opportunities to use the humanistic principles this society emphasizes.”

Two faculty members, Dr. David Feller, a family medicine specialist and faculty adviser to the Equal Access Clinic, and Dr. Paulette Hahn, an internal medicine specialist, were named as chapter members.

Medical residents invited to join the society were Lisa Aenlle, Emily Davoodi, Marcia Mecca, Alissa Orvis, Georgios Rossidis and Michael Wangia.

About 15 percent of the fourth-year medical students are selected for membership each year. Twenty-four new student members were inducted Tuesday.

They are: Spencer Bachow, Kristina Betters, Sonja Boulware, Liliana Bustamante, San Chang, Parin Chheda, Hany Elmariah and Archna Eniasivam.

Also Jason Freed, Sarah Fuchs, Alexander Greene, Elizabeth Greene, Mintallah Haider, Karen Halpert, Ronica Hazariwala, and Jonathan Hu.

Mariana Khawand, Genevieve Maass, Mitushi Mishra, Paul O’Rourke, Amelie Romelus, Puja Saxena, Katherine Schnell and Andrew Thomas were also inducted.

The guiding force behind the Chapman Society is Annie Lou Chapman. The Fort Myers resident founded (and funds) the UF chapter, which is named for her late husband, Dr. Jules B. Chapman. The 97-year-old Chapman was unable to attend this year’s induction ceremonies.

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