Solidarity Week to Focus on Compassionate Care
Students in the UA College of Medicine have planned a week of kindness-oriented activities at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

By Rebecca Ruiz McGill, UA Health Sciences Center
Feb. 5, 2015

A week of solidarity for the compassionate care of patients will be celebrated on the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus Monday through Feb. 13. Events are designed to bring together health care faculty members, students and staff throughout the University of Arizona health sciences colleges.

Each year, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation honors National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care, typically held on or near Valentine’s Day (Feb. 13 this year), by encouraging medical schools, patient-care institutions and other health care organizations around the country to show their support of the importance of kindness to patients. Solidarity Day began at the UA College of Medicine in 2011 in the wake of the shooting involving former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Students in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Gold Humanism Honor Society lead the effort on the AHSC campus. The society is the foundation’s signature program, recognizing medical students, residents and faculty members who practice patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy.

Rachel Manzo, a Class of 2015 UA College of Medicine – Tucson medical student and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, said Solidarity Day "is about putting compassionate care at the forefront, and we’d like to invite everyone affiliated with or interested in patient care to join us."  

These events are scheduled and open to the AHSC community and the public:

Monday, Feb. 9

"A Conversation on Kindness" with Ben’s Bells founder Jeannette Mare: a presentation followed by tile painting for the Ben’s Bells Project, noon to 1 p.m., Kiewit Auditorium, UA Cancer Center. Ben’s Bells "Be Kind" card distribution to hospital units by the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

"Caring for the Patient Experiencing Homelessness": a presentation by Dr. Adele O'Sullivan, UA College of Medicine – Tucson Alumna of the Year and founder of Circle in the City, noon to 1 p.m., UA COM Room 2117 (lunch provided).

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Art Aloud "Poetry Slam," Arizona Health Sciences Center Library, Java City, noon to 1 p.m. (lunch provided). Ben’s Bells “Be Kind” mural tile installation, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., outside Diamond Children’s/Surgery entrances.

Thursday, Feb. 12

"Tell Me More" project: Gold Humanism Honor Society members spend time learning about patients’ lives in order to craft signs for display over their patients’ beds.  

Friday, Feb. 13

"Solidarity Day — The Power of Humanism": human chain connection and luncheon, Arizona Health Sciences Center Plaza, noon to 1 p.m.




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