For the second consecutive year, in a collaborative effort to spotlight compassionate and respectful health care, students with the West Virginia University and Marshall University Schools of Medicine are hosting the Gold Humanism Educational Summit at the Culture Center in Charleston beginning at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13.

The event will kick off a week-long observance of Gold Humanism Week to be recognized by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin by proclamation.

Event organizers say the educational summit allows medical, nursing, physical therapy and pharmacy students and others to learn the essentials of delivering compassionate and patient-centered care from practicing health professionals.

This year’s events include a religious panel featuring clergy from several different world religions who will discuss research which shows addressing patients’ spiritual beliefs is important in delivering high-quality, holistic medical care.  Additionally, the following faculty members will present lectures:

  • James M. Mears, M.D., West Virginia University-Charleston Division
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine 

  • Chibuzo C. O’Suoji, M.D., Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    West Virginia University Physicians of Charleston

  • Charles Clements, M.D., Professor, Department of Family Medicine
    Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

To register for the event, please visit Continuing medical education units are also available.Information is available at

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