• Two new Picker Gold GME Challenge Grants awarded
  • Thank A Resident Day is this Friday! (Feb. 28)
  • Solidarity Week (Feb. 10-14) drew 93 participating institutions
  • GHHS Advisory Council seeks student/fellow/resident members
  • Apply now for 2020 Gold Student Summer Fellowships
  • Essay Contest open now to medical and nursing students
  • Reserve your spot in Flourishing at Work webinars with Dr. Epstein & Dr. Krasner
  • #YeahYouWrite author event celebrates the Bellevue Literary Review
  • Save the Date for the 2020 Golden Thread Gala: June 9
  • Change to pass/fail for Step 1 is a positive shift
  • February's edition of Research Roundup
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is pleased to announce the two new recipients of Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grants, exceptional projects designed to foster compassionate, patient-centered care in the learning environment of resident physicians. Dr. Ashley Fernandes , of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has been awarded a grant to support the development of a humanistic bioethics curriculum. Dr. Raquel Greer (at right in photo) of Johns Hopkins was awarded a grant to develop a curriculum designed to enhance residents’ capacity to address the social determinants of health.

Read more about two latest Picker Gold GME Challenge Grants.
More than 162 schools and hospitals will be participating Friday, Feb. 28, in Thank a Resident Day, a special annual event to honor resident physicians and fellows. Join the celebration by sharing on social media what your institution and/or you are doing to show your appreciation. Tag us @GoldFdtn on Twitter and Instagram with your photos!
The 2020 Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care was a wonderful success, full of activities led by Gold Humanism Honor Society chapters. Check out some of the many medical schools that participated in this photo album and our round-up of tweets !
The 2020 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest is open! This year's contests asks medical and nursing students to use this quote, from Dr. Rana Awdish's memoir In Shock , as inspiration to reflect on when they’ve experienced or observed, as an individual or as a team, the impact of human connection. Winning essays will be published in Academic Medicine and the Journal of Professional Nursing. Deadline: March 18
The Gold Humanism Honor Society is seeking nominations and applications for two positions designated for medical students/fellows/residents on its Advisory Council.The council provides leadership and guidance for the activities and affairs of GHHS. Learn more here .

Nominate someone   by April 2.
Apply yourself by April 6 .
“I feel confident that I can create safe spaces for vulnerable populations to feel respected and heard. I think as a physician this will help me create strong rapport with my patients and also more quickly and efficiently get to the correct diagnosis.”
- 2019 Gold Summer Student Fellow Katherine Ku, Touro University, CA
The Gold Student Summer Fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health. Projects must be focused on understanding and/or enhancing culturally competent practice, developing skills to become a relationship-centered physician, and addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. We are particularly interested in projects that encourage collegial and interprofessional teamwork and will encourage a lasting or systemic change.

Apply now ! Deadline: March 6.
Dr. Epstein & Dr. Krasner to share Flourishing at Work: Mindful Practice for Clinicians and Leaders
What is Mindful Practice? How can it help clinicians and leaders in this challenging era? Can certain techniques and training really make a difference — and even help physicians flourish? What research backs up the impact of Mindful Practice?

The Gold Foundation is offering free 1-hour webinars with world-class experts to provide an introduction to Mindful Practice and an opportunity to ask questions. Sign up for a Gold Foundation webinar with Dr. Mick Krasner or Dr. Ron Epstein and learn more about  Flourishing at Work: Mindful Practice for Clinicians and Leaders .

Noon EST, Friday, Feb. 28 , with Dr. Ron Epstein
Noon EST, Wednesday, March 4 , with Dr. Mick Krasner
The Gold Foundation is delighted to team up with the #YeahYouWrite series again at Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room in New York City. This special event on Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. will celebrate the storied Bellevue Literary Review and feature readings from co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Dr. Danielle Ofri and journal contributors Francine Prose, Sheila Kohler, and Rachel Hadas. Make a wonderful evening of it with dinner, readings, and a celebration of humanism in healthcare.

Learn more about each of the four writers in a preview article of the event!

Space is limited and is nearing capacit. To make a reservation, please email .

Look for more details in your inbox very soon, including the announcement of our 2020 National Humanism in Medicine Medal honorees. For now, please mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 9, for a very special evening in New York City at the Ziegfeld Ballroom! Tickets and sponsorship information is available here .
Change to pass/fail for Step 1 exam is a positive shift
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) recently announced a change in the score reporting for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program’s Step 1 exam to pass/fail. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation applauded this as a positive step and released a short statement.
This month's Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup  features summaries of 11 recently published studies that tackle important topics in humanistic care, including:
  • The creation of a formal humanism curriculum in the anesthesiology residency program at UC Irvine, funded by a Picker Gold GME Challenge Grant.
  • The effects of open communication on the emotional and behavioral impact of medical error on patients and families.
  • What personal behavior is associated with physician well-being.
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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