• Announcing the 2020 Gold Humanism in Medicine Award at the AAMC
  • 2020 Vilcek-Gold Awardee Dr. Vivek Murthy to speak at AAMC Annual Meeting
  • 2020 GHHS National Initiative: Structural Racism & Its Impact on Medicine
  • Gold Foundation releases 2019 Annual Report
  • White Coat Ceremony keynotes available from Dr. Murthy & Rep. Underwood
  • Register for 2 upcoming Gold Human InSight Webinars on Sept. 17 & 21
  • Gold Human InSight Webinar: Spinning straw into gold
  • AAMC Viewpoint on White Coat Ceremonies by Dr. Skorton and Dr. Levin
  • Watch the AACN-Gold Webinar on Virtual Nursing White Coat Ceremonies
  • Mindful Practice workshops shift online; use GOLD2021 code for 5% off
  • Q&A with professors of the first live cohort of Humanism in Healthcare course 
Together with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Gold Foundation is pleased to announce that Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2020 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the AAMC. Administered by the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives, this annual award honors caring and compassionate mentors in medical school education.

2020 Vilcek-Gold Award honoree Dr. Vivek Murthy to speak at AAMC: Learn Serve Lead virtual conference
The AAMC's Annual Meeting: Learn Serve Lead is going virtual this year, November 16-18. Keynote speakers include 19th U.S. Surgeon General and 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award recipient Dr. Vivek Murthy, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, journalist Ann Curry, author and historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, and many others.

The Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare, created jointly by the Gold Foundation and the Vilcek Foundation, is presented to the honoree at the AAMC Annual Meeting. The award also includes remarks and a fireside chat featuring Dr. Murthy, which will take place 1-2 p.m. ET on November 17.

2020 National Initiative focuses on the impact of racism on medicine; in conjunction, a new Gold podcast debuts
The 2020 Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) National Initiative is Humanism and Healing: Structural racism and its impact on medicine. GHHS members are encouraged to use their leadership roles to start or extend conversations about racism and its impact on healthcare in their local communities and beyond, to create space for grieving, processing, and bearing witness around this topic, or to take action in one of many powerful ways that humanism can begin to heal.
To help launch the initiative, the Gold Foundation released a new podcast, Gold Connection, created and produced by members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The first episode features four voices: GHHS members and fourth-year medical students Enioluwafe Ojo and Candice Passerella, GHHS chapter advisor Dr. Hellen Ransom, and Gold Foundation staff member & GHHS Director Louisa Tvito. Listen to the first episode on our website, Apple, Spotify, or Anchor. This work builds upon the Gold Foundation's statement against racism, an explicit recognition that humanism in healthcare must include anti-racism. 
Gold Foundation releases 2019 Annual Report
The Gold Foundation is pleased share this look back at 2019, a landmark year that laid the groundwork for much of the pivots needed in meeting the great challenges of 2020 and beyond. This report details many highlights, including the inaugural Gold Humanism Summit, several new major awards, many program highlights, as well as the recognition of Gold Partners Council members and Gold Corporate Council members and donors. We are grateful to all those who supported the Gold Foundation's mission in 2019.
Keynote addresses by medical and nursing leaders available for virtual White Coat Ceremonies
The Gold Foundation realizes that this is an unusual and challenging year. In order to help medical and nursing schools creating virtual White Coat Ceremonies for the first time, the Gold Foundation, in collaboration with partners AACN, AAMC, and the Vilcek Foundation, is offering keynote addresses by major healthcare leaders that can be incorporated into schools' ceremonies. If you are interested in using either video in your ceremony, please email Gwen Tundermann at Thank you to both Rep. Underwood and Dr. Murthy for graciously preparing addresses for students!
Rep. Lauren Underwood, RN, MSN/MPH, is a nursing leader, public policy expert, and Congressman representing the 14th District of Illinois. She is the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives. In her White Coat Ceremony keynote address, she reflects on her path and shares heartfelt guidance with nursing students.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, was the 19th U.S. Surgeon General and is the New York Times best-selling author of Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. He is the 2020 recipient of the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare and a Gold Humanism Honor Society member. In his White Coat Ceremony keynote address, he shares with medical students the immense importance of human connection in healthcare and in their own lives and careers.
Register for upcoming webinars with writer Judith Hannan and Dr. Linda Stone of OSU's Voices in Humanism
September 17, 12:30 p.m: Judith Hannan will join us for a new Gold Human InSight Webinar called The Write Prescription: Telling Stories to Process the Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism. The past few months have seen healthcare workers submerged in the trenches of the COVID-19 pandemic with no time to reflect or process what they are seeing and sacrificing. Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have to acknowledge, distill, and share our experiences.This workshop will include both interactive prompts as well as readings by the author, and is intended to provide an overview of Ms. Hannan’s upcoming workshop series Register for the webinar. 
September 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m.: Join a Gold Human InSight Webinar on Voices in Humanism, a collaboration between the Medical Heritage Center and the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. The program is designed to collect, preserve and share art created during this time of dual pandemics – COVID-19 and racism. Linda C. Stone, MD, Special Assistant to the Dean for Humanism and Professionalism, OSU College of Medicine, will provide an overview of the program, and then eight members of the OSU community will share samples of their art, including poetry, photography, vocal music, and film. The webinar will close with a performance by Grammy-nominated artist and Broadway actress Maureen McGovern. Register for the webinar.
In this webinar, Dr. Steven Rosenzweig, Professor of Emergency Medicine (Hospice and Palliative Medicine) and Faculty Advisory of the Gold Humanism Honor Society at Drexel University College of Medicine, considers how we can transform our experience, or "spin straw into gold." He shares 3 inquiries into how we can understand our experience: 1) turning empathy outside in 2) panning for gold 3) centering in compassion. He also offers a taste of 5 contemplative practices.

If you are interested in teaming up with the Gold Foundation on a Gold Human InSight Webinar, please contact Pia Pyne Miller at
AAMC President & CEO Dr. David J. Skorton and Gold Foundation President & CEO Dr. Richard I. Levin co-authored a perspective piece urging medical schools to continue to hold this annual ritual of humanism, despite the challenges of 2020. "At its core, the White Coat Ceremony is not about a piece of attire or public recognition, but rather about a physician’s fundamental, intimate responsibility to care, heal, and protect others," they wrote. "As such, White Coat ceremonies are acutely relevant as we face the dual challenges of COVID-19 and racism."

The Gold Foundation co-hosted a webinar with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to provide tips and an open forum to ask questions around White Coat/Oath Ceremonies. The recording and slides are now available on the AACN website, along with the Gold Foundation's White Coat Ceremony toolkit.
Mindful Practice co-founders Dr. Ron Epstein and Dr. Mick Krasner have shifted their transformative workshops online. The next Mindful Practice Workshop will be held Wednesday, October 21, through Saturday, October 24. Sessions begin Wednesday at 4:30 pm and then occur between 9:30 am and 9:00 pm ET Thursday and Friday, with sessions ending at 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be ample breaks daily. It is a fully-immersive experience designed for healthcare practitioners, and participants should plan to be present for the entire workshop.
This retreat-like workshop is designed to improve the quality of care that clinicians provide while improving their own resilience and well-being. It offers an experiential learning environment, with a focus on developing the capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations. No prior experience is required; however, experience with meditation or other contemplative practices is desirable.
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Q&A with Drs. Wasserman and Wald
Earlier this year, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation announced the launch of a free virtual course “Humanism in Health and Healthcare,” developed in partnership with Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine and In June Dr. Jason Adam Wasserman, who had led the development of the curriculum, and Dr. Hedy S. Wald, who was a content creator for the curriculum, created the first live class based on this course. Seventeen students — interprofessional, intergenerational — enrolled. As the first live cohort wrapped up, the Gold Foundation engaged the two professors in a Q&A to learn how the class went and share lessons for other instructors.

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 Kerry Ford at for more information.
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