Gold Humanism Honor Society and AMSA bring Purim joy to residents and students


MSIH is an active participant in the Gold Humanism Honor Society – part of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation – whose goal is to create a “Gold Standard” in healthcare. Among other things, the Foundation aims “to foster compassionate, collaborative and scientifically excellent care – to support clinicians throughout their careers, so the humanistic passion that motivates them at the beginning of their education is sustained throughout their practice.”

More than 160 top medical schools are members of the Foundation – with a handful outside North America. One such chapter of the foundation is at MSIH.

Thank a Resident Day

A year into the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, health workers, particularly residents have had a very difficult 12 months. Hospitals world-wide have been bursting at the seams with little respite for fatigued and overworked staff.

Residents serve as the “house staff” of hospitals and are an integral part to the healthcare team, often serving as indispensable resources for medical students, especially during a clinical clerkship. In 2018, the Gold Humanism Honor Society decided to bring to light the importance of the residence staff and encourage medical students at chapters to show their gratitude and appreciation during Thank A Resident Day, observed on Friday, February 26th.

At BGU, MSIH 2nd year student, Eva Yagudaev is spearheading the initiative. She, and her volunteer students will be delivering sweets and goodies to the residents in the Internal Wards at Soroka University Medical Center, BGU’s teaching hospital.

“We need to thank them for their dedication to patient care and hard work during these especially challenging times,” she says. “I think it’s particularly fitting that we, their students, show how much we appreciate all the effort they put in to teaching us – no matter how tired they are in the wards.”

MSIH Alumna Becca Siegel, MD (’20)

MSIH also recognizes Thank a Resident Day and would like to express our gratitude to recent graduate, Dr. Becca Siegel, MD (’20). Dr. Siegel is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn Brownsville/East New York, one of the most under-served communities in the United States. As a busy resident, Dr. Siegel, along with a colleague, founded a program that collects warm clothes and coats to give to patients at discharge.

Dr. Siegel is interested in harm reduction, humanism in medicine and the correction of health care disparities.

Purim to your door

students delivering hamantashen
MSIH students bringing mishloach manot to others

As the usual festive Purim parties can’t be held this year, Eva will also be delivering hamentashen to her classmates at MSIH – most of whom have been learning online since March 2020.

“Even those of us who are in Beersheva have been learning from home for most of the year – so it’s important to do something to show solidarity with our classmates.”

“It’s wonderful to see such gestures of support,” says Prof. Alan Jotkowitz, MSIH Director. “These are indeed, challenging times and we’re so pleased that our students are being proactive and supporting their teachers and peers.”