August 2018 | News & Notes
Schools of nursing selected to receive funding for 2018 White Coat Ceremonies
The Gold Foundation is pleased to announce 50 schools of nursing across the United States that will receive funding to host their inaugural White Coat Ceremony for incoming nursing students this fall. In collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and thanks to the generous funding support from Board member Elaine Adler, the Gold Foundation has supported 310 schools of nursing in their first White Coat Ceremonies since 2013. Click to view the list of the 50 newest schools that will be supported this year.
2018 Humanism in Medicine Award at the AAMC to go to Dr. Mark Garry
Mark T. Garry, MD, head of psychiatric education at the Rapid City Regional Behavioral Health Center and assistant professor at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been selected by the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) to receive the 2018 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the AAMC. Read more about Dr. Garry and the approach that led students to nominate and select him for this award. 

Dr. Richard L. Cruess, Chairman of the Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare, Canada, and Dr. Sylvia R. Cruess were selected to receive the 2018 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education. Both awards will be presented in November at the AAMC Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Drs. Cruess and Dr. Garry!

When: NOVEMBER 2-6
GHHS Golden Glimmers No. 2: Share an uplifting photo
Following a successful Golden Glimmers No. 1: Haiku initiative that shared advice for new medical students in the form of poems, the Gold Humanism Honor Society is launching its second themed initiative. This time, the call is for uplifting photos. Photographs can include health and wellness, landscapes, wildlife, travel, humor, pets and much more. Learn more about our Golden Glimmers Theme No. 2, and submit your inspiring photos!
Deadline: September 30
Help us raise awareness during September, Suicide Prevention Month
In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, and in promotion of clinician well-being, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation will be dedicating the month of September to the creative expression, education, storytelling, and wellness of students and healthcare professionals. Look for regular updates on our website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn how you can get involved.
First-year medical student at Baylor offers reflections on his first white coat
Trevor Jamison, a first-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, wrote about the excitement of receiving his first white coat and his new "Keeping Healthcare Human" pin: "The very name of the pin is evocative: it is a memento reminding us that though we still have so much to learn about the practice of medicine, we all still have an opportunity to form a profound connection with patients and offer them some measure of comfort." Read his full essay.
Join us at Planetree's 40th Anniversary International Conference on Person-Centered Care
Join the Gold Foundation as we celebrate Planetree's 40th Anniversary International Conference on Person-Centered Care. This year, several sessions will be hosted by Gold Foundation presenters, including one by Dr. Dinali Fernando, the 2018 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award winner and Medical Director of the Libertas Center for Human Rights. Dr. Fernando will share how hospitals can identify and address the needs of hidden populations, such as survivors of torture and human rights violations, through a holistic approach. Register today using the discount code GOLD and receive up to a $500 discount on non-Planetree Member pricing. We hope to see you there!

When: OCTOBER 7-10
Last call: Enter today for a chance to win a book to inspire compassionate care!
This is your last chance to win a book from our 2018 Summer Reading for Compassionate Clinicians list. In the fourth and final summer reading book giveaway, enter on our Facebook page for a chance to win "The Compassionate Connection" by David Rakel, "The Language of Kindness" by Christie Watson, "What the Eyes Don't See" by Mona Hanna-Attisha or "Resilient" by Rick Hanson. Having trouble deciding what to read first? Read our book review of "You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death and in Between” by Daniela Lamas, which was also featured on our reading list.
Deadline: September 5, midnight EDT
Now open: AFMC-Gold Humanism Award and Lecture call for nominees
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare, Canada are seeking nominees for the inaugural AFMC-Gold Humanism Award and Lecture. The award is open to physicians, nurses and other healthcare team members practicing in Canada with a focus on humanism and patient-centered. Learn more about the award and how to   submit a nomination today .
Deadline: September 28
August's Research Roundup features 11 new studies on humanism in healthcare
How can families help shape continuing medical education on mental health? What stops family members from speaking up about their concerns in the ICU? Do patients perceive doctors differently when they take notes on a computer instead of on paper? The 11 studies featured in this month's Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup address these questions and more. Sign up to receive notice of next month's newsletter in your inbox.

Call for applications
Opening for Research Roundup Editor: We are seeking a part-time research-oriented editor (or editing-savvy researcher) to curate our monthly compilation of studies in humanism in medicine. Learn more about the position and how to apply.
Humanism at your school or hospital could make a splash on our homepage
Do you have a fantastic photo that highlights one of the Gold Foundation's programs or how the Gold Foundation helps foster collaborative, compassionate, scientifically excellent care? Such photos could include a 2018 White Coat Ceremony, Gold Humanism Honor Society induction, Student Summer Fellowship program, Tell Me More® program, and much more. Email your photo to, and it could appear at the top of our homepage or shared on social media. Thank you in advance!
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