August 2019 | News & Notes
  • Announcing the 2019 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award recipient: Dr. Oriol
  • Gold Humanism Summit: Register today & download a Sponsorship Packet
  • Congratulations to Dr. Adger, Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award winner
  • Going to Phoenix? Add these 4 Gold sessions at the AAMC to your calendar
  • Read a Q&A with Mindful Practice founders
  • 50 new nursing schools to receive White Coat Ceremony funding
  • Four special weeks of caring in September, Suicide Prevention Month
  • August edition of Research Roundup
  • Powerful essay by Dr. George Thibault in Academic Medicine
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is pleased to announce that 2019 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award will be presented to Dr. Nancy Oriol, a renowned anesthesiologist, innovator, educator, and pioneer in mobile medicine. Her creation of The Family Van, and her leadership in studying and spreading mobile health clinics to countless other cities, has successfully delivered care to underserved populations, eased such barriers to care as cost, transportation, stigma, and fear, and educated trainees about culturally competent care and healthcare disparities.

Two remarkable women were also named honorable mentions for their extraordinary and far-reaching efforts to combat human trafficking: Dr. Kalyani Gopal and Dr. Cathy Miller.

Read more about the 2019 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award honorees.
Don't miss the first Gold Humanism Summit at the Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care in Orlando, Florida October 27-30, 2019. Meet liked-minded peers and leaders who champion humanism in their care of patients and the broader healthcare ecosystem.
The  Gold Executive Leadership Track  is designed for C-suite and senior leadership at healthcare organizations.This special event begins with an evening reception on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and then includes a full day of sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Sponsor the Summit
This is a one-of-the-kind opportunity to reach a special group and showcase your foundation, organization, institution, or corporation’s commitment to humanism in healthcare. Contact Pia Miller at for more information about how you can become a sponsor.
Exciting New Partnership Announcement:
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and Mindful Practice ®
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is excited to announce a new collaboration with Mindful Practice ® , which offers workshops by expert instructors Dr. Ronald Epstein and Dr. Mick Krasner.

Gold Partners Council members will now be able to bring these 1- or 2-day workshops to their employees, faculty, students, and leadership at a special Gold discount.

The Gold Partners Council is made up of medical schools and health systems that are leaders in humanism and committed to compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care. Is your institution a member? View the lists of medical schools and hospitals/health systems. 

Read a Q&A  with Dr. Ron Epstein and Dr. Mick Krasner of Mindful Practice.
Hoover Adger Jr., MD, MPH, MBA, Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine Section Chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will be presented the 2019 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award during the AAMC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, in November. Dr. Adger has focused his research, medical practice, and educational efforts on adolescent health and substance use disorders. Dr. Adger was nominated by his students; this annual award is administered by the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), the student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Read more about Dr. Adger and his remarkable work.
Are you headed to Phoenix for the AAMC Annual Meeting ? Save these four Gold sessions to your calendar!
[1] "What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City."

Voices in Medicine and Society Lecture by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who will also be presented the inaugural Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare.

Saturday, Nov. 9
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m
Conv. Center West: 301 AB
[2] "The Wound is the Gift"

2019 Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Lecture, by Dr. Rana Awdish, author of In Shock. This annual presentation is co-hosted by AAMC and the Gold Foundation.

Sunday, Nov. 10
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Conv. Center West: 301 C
[3] Vilcek Foundation & The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Reception

As part of our Gold Community, you are invited to this special celebration of the inaugural recipient of the Vilcek-Gold Award, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Many of our grantees and honorees will be in attendance, including Dr. Rana Awdish. RSVP is appreciated but not required.

Saturday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Salon 2
[4] GHHS Workshop: "Advancing the Arts & Humanities in Medical Education"

with Drs. Elizabeth Gaufberg, Rita Charon, Paul Haidet, Lisa Howley, Tracy Moniz, and Alison Whelan.

Sunday, Nov. 10
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Conv. Center West: 301 C

2014 Nursing White Coat Ceremony at Ramapo College
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the  American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)  announced earlier this month that 50 nursing schools across the nation were selected to receive funding for their own White Coat Ceremonies, which emphasize the importance of humanistic patient care. Read the   2019 announcement and the list of the 50 schools selected this year to receive funding for White Coat Ceremonies.

We'd love to hear about your White Coat Ceremony. Please share your story and/or photos with us by mentioning  @GoldFdtn  on Twitter or Instagram and using the hashtag  #WhiteCoatCeremony   or by emailing us at
In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, and in promotion of clinician well-being, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is dedicating the month of September to the creative expression, education, storytelling, and wellness, of students and healthcare professionals. Each week, we will supporting well-being in a different way. Please join us!

Week 1: Golden Glimmer No. 4 brings back a call for Haiku. Haiku is a traditional, three-line, Japanese poem that contains seventeen syllables. The first and third line contain five syllables each, while the second line contains seven syllables (5/7/5).

This time, we are asking you to share Haiku about restoring joy in medicine. We want to know how you are nurturing your own wellness, caring for yourself and your colleagues, celebrating moments of joy, or simply taking time to breathe!

Week 2: Facts and Stats
Week 3: Storytelling
Week 4: Pay it Forward
The  August edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup  features summaries of recently published studies on humanism in healthcare .

These papers tackle important questions, including:

  1. How does parenthood influence residency and fellowship training? 
  2. Can professional coaching improve physician well-being? 
  3. How does medical education affect empathy and compassion in medical students?

The August edition of Academic Medicine includes an essay by Dr. George Thibault, adapted from his thought-provoking talk at last year's AAMC Annual Meeting. In this invited commentary, Dr. Thibault discusses how humanism has been at the core of the medical profession since its inception, and it has been a foundation throughout modern history for political and community values. But today, he writes, countries and leaders are increasingly adopting antihumanistic policies and positions.He probes whether humanism in medicine can survive in this current culture and calls upon his fellow healthcare professionals to act.

Read "Humanism in Medicine: What Does it Mean and Why Is It More Important Than Ever?" in the August edition of Academic Medicine FREE FULL TEXT
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 for more information.
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