Each year, the Dr. Henry Harrison Wilson, Jr. Everyday Humanism in Medicine Award is given to three deserving residents, fellows or attendings. The nominations submitted by third-year medical students highlight the humanism and compassionate acts of the recipients, as witnessed during clinical rotations. Recipients of the award for 2022 are:
- Yasir Abdul-Rahman, DO, an attending in Family Medicine at the Inova-Fairfax Medical Campus
- Max Luna, MD, an attending in the Department of Medicine Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
- Emma Trachman, MD a resident in Internal Medicine
This award is named for Henry Harrison Wilson Jr., MD ’49, a plastics and reconstructive surgeon, who was well known for being an advocate for humanism and compassion in medicine. Dr. Wilson died in 2016 and his family established a fund to promote compassion and humanism in physicians to honor his memory.
This award is aimed at appreciating and applauding positive examples of compassion and humanism in the clinical setting, and cultivates a culture where students, residents, fellows, and attendings exhibit compassion in day-to-day interactions. What we choose to shine the light on in our culture is important. Recognizing acts of compassion and humanism helps to establish a culture in which those actions take root, grow and become “who we are” every day. We want to recognize those daily acts of compassion and humanism that occur all over UVA Health. This award provides us with an opportunity to do just that: to shine a light on the residents, fellows, and attendings whom students consider to be day-to-day exemplars of compassion and humanism.
Congratulations to the wonderful physicians receiving the award in 2022. Thank you for your impact on our students and community!