Richard T. Sarkin Emeritus Faculty Gold Humanism Honor Society


The Sarkin Foundation provides funding and support to medical students of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (JSMBS) at the University at Buffalo who are inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). GHHS is a national recognition given to select students each year who most demonstrate the characteristics of humanism in medicine through their exceptional bedside manner, patient interactions, and contributions to others. These students are often seen going the extra mile for patients and their fellow classmates. This distinct honor is one of only two honor societies recognized nationally through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) used while applying to residency.



This chapter of the society is entitled the Richard T. Sarkin Emeritus Faculty Gold Humanism Honor Society due to the contributions the Sarkin Foundation has provided over the years, and for the tenants for which Dr. Sarkin stood. The Foundation provides monetary support to various honor society events and specific student requests. Additionally, we provide faculty mentorship connections and support at student meetings and events.

Our contributions have helped the GHHS chapter to excel as a very active student group which has consistently given back selflessly to fellow medical students, hospital patients, and the community. Such events of this exceptional chapter include:


Solidarity Day – Typically held on or near Valentine’s Day, National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care began in 2011 as a day to encourage medical schools, patient care facilities and other organizations around the country to show their support of the importance of kindness to patients. Our GHHS members have taken part in Solidarity Day events such as the “Tell Me More” project. For this, members spent extra time learning about patients’ personal lives in order to craft signs for display over their patients’ beds, so that everyone entering the room was reminded that each patient is a unique individual.


Holiday Volunteering – Students of GHHS volunteer their time during the thanksgiving and christmas seasons to assist at soup kitchens in the Buffalo area, to decorate ornaments with the children at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and for other causes.


Prescription for Warmth – This charity, created by two chapter student members, uses monetary donations to purchase weather-proof gloves for victims of frostbite, a very common problem in Western NY, and to those without gloves in the community. This system is organized through both our County hospital and our city’s free medical clinic, and has provided hundreds of pairs of gloves to people in need.

For more information visit or click below to donate!

 Prescription for Warmth Logo


Mentorship – Our GHHS members have a strong role in mentorship. Upperclass student members mentor the first, second, and third year students through lectures, participation in the “Big Families” mentorship program, and construction of the “GHHS Fourth Year Survival Guide,” which is distributed to each third year. Lectures include topics such as “The Struggles are Real: Dealing with emotional stressors in medical school,” “Tips for success,” and “Maintaining humanism in patient care”. Resident and faculty members provide mentorship to students through events such as mock interviews.


Guidance – The GHHS members published and maintain the “Fourth Year Survival Guide,” a document educating and advising Third Year medical students on ways to excel during their final year of medical education. The Fourth Year Survival Guide is distributed to all students at Jacobs School of Medicine at the JSMBS, and is also available online.
Also check out StudyBuddyMD, a resource made by a Gold Humanism member to help students find the right study materials for medical school, residency, and beyond!

And more!


A portion of donations made to the Sarkin Foundation go directly to this chapter, and thus help to strengthen humanism in medicine and develop outstanding and compassionate future physicians.

To learn more about current GHHS medical student, resident, and faculty members, click here