NJMS STUDENT RECEIVES A 2017 LESTER Z. LIEBERMAN AWARD FOR HUMANISM IN HEALTHCARE

Second-year NJMS student Thomas Di Vitantonio received a Community Award for compassionate interactions with patients, families, and colleagues. These awards honor health care employees, nursing and medical students, and nursing faculty who are models of selflessness, empathy, and cultural sensitivity. The awards were presented on July 17 at
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey’s (HFNJ) annual Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Awards event. 

Di Vitantonio, a fellow in the NJMS Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine, was nominated by Center director Dorian Wilson, MD. In his nomination letter, Wilson noted the active leadership role Di Vitantonio has taken in the Center, helping to coordinate the annual Open House, a forum showcasing the Center’s varied activities. Di Vitantonio was also among the second-year students who made special presentations to the HFNJ Board of Trustees last year. This effort gave the Board a new perspective, culminating in a special funding award granted to the Center.

Di Vitantonio volunteers at the Student Family Health Care Center, a free clinic for the underserved in Newark that is run by students. He was also involved in the New Jersey Medical School Humanism Talks. These presentations, modeled after TED talks, demonstrated the many ways NJMS students support humanism in medicine.

“Tom is a rare breed whose intellectual ability and other capabilities haven’t marred his humane sensitivities that are now more than ever essential for today’s physician,” says Wilson.

 

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Left to right: George Heinrich, MD, dean of admissions; Thomas DiVitantonio; and Tanya Norment, program administrator, Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine.