April 2019 | News & Notes
  • Call for posters for the Gold Humanism Summit | Deadline May 19
  • In Canada, Dr. Turnbull receives the inaugural AFMC-Gold Humanism Award
  • Gold Partners Council newsletter debuts
  • April's Research Roundup: Studies on implicit bias, why women leave surgical training, more
  • How Sidney Kimmel Medical College is teaching Health Design Thinking
  • Golden Thread Gala on June 13 | Ads due May 29
  • International Nurses Day at the UN on May 10 | Honoring Dr. Polly Bednash
  • A-S-C-E-N-D framework: "N" is for Next Steps

For the first time, the Gold Foundation is gathering in one place our community of humanism supporters and advocates. Whether you are a Gold Humanism Honor Society member, a physician or nurse who actively cares for patients with compassion and encourages your team, a researcher who has studied humanism in medicine, a healthcare executive who wants to infuse humanism into your business and culture, or a nursing or medical student beginning your path — this gathering is for you.

The Gold Humanism Summit will run Oct. 28-30 at the 2019 Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care in Orlando, Florida, with a special pre-summit symposium for the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and Mapping the Landscape (MTL) communities on Oct. 27-28. In addition, a Gold Executive Leadership track will be available.

Gold attendees will be able to attend all Planetree sessions.
Share your work at the Poster Session: Apply now. The deadline is May 19.

When: OCTOBER 27-30, 2019

From left, Dr. Brian Postl, chair of AFMC; Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, inaugural recipient of the AFMC-Gold Humanism Award, and Board; and Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of AFMC on April 14, 2019 at the CCME in Niagara Falls

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, the Medical Director of the Ottawa Inner City Health Project and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, was awarded the first AFMC-Gold Humanism Award at the 2019 Canadian Conference on Medication Education (CCME) in Niagara Falls. This new joint award was given by the  Association of Faculties Medicine of Canada (AFMC)  and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare Canada.

Read more about the award ceremony and enjoy a Q&A with Dr. Turnbull about his workk.
Gold Partners Council newsletter debuts
Earlier this month, the Gold Foundation launched a newsletter for the Gold Partners Council, a special benefit only for council members. This quarterly newsletter includes initiatives from your fellow members, exclusive tools to help your teams foster humanism, and best practices and exciting innovations to support your efforts around creating a culture of compassion.

If your medical school or health institution is a member of the Gold Partners Council (check the list of medical school members and hospital members ), you are eligible to sign up for the newsletter .

Learn more about joining the Gold Foundation's councils.
Design thinking is a person-centered approach used by many companies to probe the needs and desires of people and better understand how to solve problems. Students at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University are using Health Design Thinking to generate creative ideas and solutions aimed at easing burnout and enhancing human well-being in the context of medicine. Learn more about this innovative approach.
On June 13, the Gold community will come together to celebrate humanism in healthcare at our annual Golden Thread Gala , a special evening in New York City that will serve as a finale to our 30th anniversary year.

We will honor three individuals with the 2019 National Humanism in Medicine Medal: entrepreneur, community activist and internationally recognized patient advocate  Elaine Adler ; bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic  Anna Quindlen ; and eminent professor, physician and leader in medical education  Dr.   George Thibault .

Please consider becoming a sponsor and inviting leaders of humanism in your own school, health institution, company or community to join you. Your presence and support matter.

You may also pay special tribute through an ad in the gala journal. For more information, contact Kerry Ford, Director of Development, at 201-735-8722 or kerry@gold-foundation.org.
All ads are due by May 29th.

When : JUNE 13, 2019
Our new Humanism in Research Assistant Editor, Dr. Bharat Kumar, has compiled recent studies that examine important questions in humanistic care, including:
  • How can we identify and address implicit bias in medical education?
  • What is the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder, physician burnout, and healthcare practitioner compassion?
  • Why do women leave surgical training?

Read the April edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup. Follow more research updates on Twitter @GoldFdtn and @BharatKumarMD .
The Gold Foundation is delighted to partner alongside Nurses With Global Impact, Inc. for the third annual International Nurses Day at the United Nations , honoring exemplary nurses who are making an impact on global healthcare.

This year, the Gold Foundation is delighted to be honoring Dr. Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, for her great impact on nursing. Read more about Dr. Bednash and this special day.

Tickets are available for $95 and include a special presentation by Marcus Engel, speaker, educator and motivator behind the "I'm here" movement, as well as lunch in the Delegates Dining Room. Register here today.

When : MAY 10, 2019
In the fifth of the six-part series of "A-S-C-E-N-D: A new communication framework for both patients and providers," Dr. Karen Knops details the important step:   "N" for Next Steps . S he lists questions to consider when thinking about your treatment options. She offers suggestions for d efining next steps brings us from “what is” to “what could be” and moves us from thought into action . Read more about the  ASCEND communication framework .
GOLD PARTNERS COUNCIL MEMBERS now have the opportunity to share an event or other relevant news to our Gold community in this new space. Contact Gwen Tundermann at
 gtundermann@gold-foundation.org for more information.
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