Together with an outstanding group of student volunteers, the Department of Medical Humanities sponsors, a journal of arts and literature that focuses on medicine. Abaton was instituted through the efforts of Mark Stephany, D.O. ’09, and is currently published annually every fall. Included are poetry, memoir, fiction and visual art. Our first issue, published in 2007, was received to nearly universal acclaim and was recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine the following year as the outstanding publication of its kind.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Department of Medical Humanities are proud sponsors of the new Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter on campus. The Gold Humanism Honor Society honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and other exemplars recognized for “demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.” Only the second college of osteopathic medicine sanctioned by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the college inducted its inaugural group of 30 members in July, 2008.