At the Student Clinician Ceremony, Dori R. Marshall, MD, gave a keynote address in which she shared her perspective of humanism in medicine.
The ceremony was held to help prepare students — including Taylor Lindsay, left, Katherine Lee and Andrew Beiter — for their clinical rotations.
Jennifer Loo, left, and Samantha Loria are ready to begin seeing patients during their third year of training.
From left, Hafsa Zubairi, Nazeela Tanweer, Barbara Mian and Maliyat Matin participated in the 2019 Student Clinician Ceremony.
From left, Jonathan Goc, Jack Looney, Daniel Barton and Bradley Hawayek have transitioned to their clinical training years at the Jacobs School.
Lauren Harte and Bradley Hawayek celebrate their entry into clinical training, a new chapter in their medical education.
From left, Karole Collier, Jenna Herskind and Maria Coluccio have completed the first two years of medical school — full of basic sciences courses — and are transitioning to clinical training.
The 17th annual Student Clinician Ceremony provided support, information and guidance to medical students beginning their clinical training.
Published September 3, 2019
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Class of 2021 was honored during the 17th annual Student Clinician Ceremony.
The ceremony recognizes the transition of rising third-year medical students from the academic to the clinical years.
The event, developed by students and faculty, aims to reinforce the confidence felt by students entering their clinical years by discussing fears and expectations, providing insight and revisiting the oath taken during their White Coat Ceremony.
The intention of the ceremony is to initiate medical students into their clinical years with a support system.
Keynote speaker Dori R. Marshall, MD, associate dean and director of medical admissions, shared her perspective of humanism in medicine.
“Humanism in medicine is a way of practicing that makes all the hard work worthwhile and deeply satisfying,” she said. “It means approaching patients with humility and curiosity and deep care, with the intention of offering the best of your knowledge in pursuit of their goals for their own health.”
Marshall, an associate professor of psychiatry, provided insights into how she approaches her own patients. She asked the students to think about American psychologist Carl Rogers’ concept of “unconditional positive regard,” which is the idea of showing complete support and acceptance of a patient.
“This position does not require that as a physician, you must like all of your patients, or like their behaviors, or agree with their choices. But it does mean that you respect their humanity,” she said.
The concept of unconditional positive regard, explained Marshall, is that “one should approach each patient with a basic recognition that this human being in front of you, who has come to you for help, deserves your care and respect, and your acknowledgment at some level that he is doing the best he can, at this particular point in time, with the gifts and talents he has been blessed with — or has not been blessed with.”
Using illustrative examples — including experiences treating one of her own patients and an account from the book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande — Marshall urged students to stay focused on the individuality of each of their patients. “Know where your patient comes from, know what she values, and know what she wants from you in treatment,” she said.
“Humanism in medicine is about more than offering the best medicines or the best procedures,” said Marshall. “It’s about taking the time to carefully listen to and arrive at an understanding of who your patient is,” she said, noting that knowing a patient’s values and priorities is crucial in determining the “right treatment” for the patient.
“If you approach each and every patient with a spirit of unconditional positive regard, and then take the time to really get to know your patients, you will be on the path to growing deeply rewarding relationships with your patients, rooted in trust and respect,” she emphasized.
“This will render your work infinitely meaningful and will result in the best care possible for your patients.”
Students in the Class of 2020 nominated six residents to receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are based on their demonstration of commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients, families, students and colleagues.
Maritza Taylor, Class of 2022 — a member of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) — presented the awardees, who are:
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president of health sciences and dean of the medical school, led students and all physicians in attendance in reciting the oath of medicine, in which they pledged to:
The event was presented by the PCC, established in 2000 when the Code of Professional Conduct for UB medical students was ratified. It consists of three student representatives from each class and three faculty members.
The ceremony was held June 28 in the David C. Hohn, MD, Lecture Hall in the Research Studies Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.