University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

School of Medicine and Health Sciences inducts members of Gold Humanism Honor Society

Eight senior medical students from the Class of 2012 at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society June 16. Keynote speaker Rolf Paulson, clinical professor of Internal Medicine and Family and Community Medicine, provided an inspiring commentary on the importance of community to the humanistic physician.

In 2009, the UND chapter joined 72 other medical school chapters across the country in recognizing senior medical students who demonstrate exemplary humanism and professionalism throughout their medical education. Creation of the chapter was made possible by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

The Class of 2012 inductees were selected through a process that included peer nomination and subsequent confirmation by the school’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Oversight Committee. Each student’s clinical performance and record of community service was considered.

Members of the Class of 2012 include:

  • Elizabeth Blixt
  • Mark Detwiller
  • Chris Irmen
  • Robert Marshall
  • James Miles
  • Rochelle Palmiscno'
  • Meredith Reisenauer
  • John Wagener

“We are very pleased that our medical school formally recognizes the importance of humanism in delivering quality medical care,” said Nicholas Neumann, interim associate dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. “We congratulate these students on their commitment to patient care and dedication to the medical profession.”

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2733,

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