10 TOUCHSTONES OF HUMANISM IN 2018
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We hope you enjoy this countdown of 10 Gold Foundation touchstones of humanism in 2018. Our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
10. Practical Applications of Humanism Database

This new database is a treasure chest of studies, tools, webinars, curriculum guides, and much more, all designed to foster humanistic care.
9. " Diagnosis: Literature"

“Medicine cannot heal in a vacuum; it requires connection.” – Dr. Rana Awdish

For the first time, the Gold Foundation joined with the #YeahYouWrite series  to host a special evening focused on humanism in healthcare. Authors Judith Hannan, Dr. Danielle Ofri, Dr. Rana Awdish, Akhil Sharma, and Sands Hall read and shared their insights.
8. AAMC Annual Meeting in Austin, TX

“It will be very difficult to have humanism in medicine if we do not have humanism in our world.” – Dr. George Thibault

One of the highlights of the AAMC conference was the 2018 Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Lecture, a powerful look at humanism our world, given by Dr. George Thibault, a Gold Foundation trustee and immediate past president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
7. More than 400 White Coat Ceremonies this year

“I t didn’t truly register that I was actually a medical student until the surreal moment when I donned a white coat bearing my name at Baylor College of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony. This important milestone gave me an opportunity to reflect on the significance of my first white coat. Trevor Jamison, MS1 at Baylor College of Medicine

More than 400 medical and nursing schools took part in White Coat Ceremonies in 2018, an iconic ritual that emphasizes the importance of compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care. Medical student Trevor Jamison reflected on the importance of this touchstone of humanism in an essay: "Reflections on my first white coat."
6. Planetree International Conference

“The first thing you have to do is build trust. The history that they are giving you is a very difficult history for them to share. So they have to feel, know and understand that they are in a safe space. That’s really number one.” – Dr. Dinali Fernando on caring for patients who are survivors of torture

The Gold Foundation joined the 40th Anniversary International Conference on Person-Centered Care , a dynamic gathering of advocates of compassionate care. Among the hiighlights, we presented Dr. Dinali Fernando with the 2018 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award for her ground-breaking work as the Medical Director of Libertas Center for Human Rights.
5. 30th Anniversary Golden Thread Gala

“Thirty years from now, we’ll probably have artificial intelligence doing much of the work we do today, but I don’t foresee artificial compassion and empathy.”  Dr. Darrell Kirch

More than 400 people gathered in New York City to celebrate 30 years of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation . The national Humanism in Medicine Medal was awarded to Dr. Darrell Kirch, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Alan Alda, Emmy Award-winning actor, author, and science communicator.
“It’s not true that it doesn’t matter what one person does. There’s a linkage among what we all do.” Alan Alda
4. International Nurses Day
“So often nurses work incredibly hard, giving totally of themselves, without any recognition – we know you don’t do it for recognition.You do it for the love of humankind, the dignity of all, and the belief that all are deserving of quality healthcare.” Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, RN, MBA, MTS

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation joined with Nurses with Global Impact, Inc. to honor nurses during I nternational Nurses Day at the United Nations . Nurses with Global Impact was started by Deb O'Hara-Rusckowski, a Gold Foundation trustee.
3. Inaugural Thank a Resident Day

On Friday, February 23, 2018, more than  30 medical institutions around the country celebrated the first  Thank a Resident Day , a special day set aside to show appreciation for physicians in their early years of training.
2. GHHS Solidarity Week

Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care was held across the nation from Monday, Feb. 12 to Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, to honor patients. Nearly  90 Gold Humanism Honor Society chapters participated in activities in solidarity with providing compassionate patient care. 
1. Honoring our co-founder

“You’re only half a physician if you’re just good at your craft. Unless it’s coupled with patient-centered care and humanism, it’s suboptimal care.” Dr. Arnold P. Gold

Dr. Arnold Perlman Gold, our beloved co-founder, passed away on January 23 in New York City. He was 92. Dr. Gold was a world-renowned pediatric neurologist, a Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a master diagnostician who became an international leader and advocate for humanism in healthcare.

Read more about Dr. Gold's extraordinary life or watch a video of his legacy.
Thank you for your belief in our work. Please consider making a donation to The Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 2018. We would be grateful, and you would be making a very real commitment to placing human interests, values, and dignity at the center of healthcare .
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