• Dr. Jillian Horton to receive the 2020 AFMC-Gold Humanism Award 
  • Solidarity Week (Feb. 10-14) is almost here!
  • Share your plans for Thank A Resident Day (Feb. 28)
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society seeks a Dean for Student Affairs representative
  • Applications for 2020 Gold Student Summer Fellows are now open
  • Last call for Vilcek-Gold Award and Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award nominees
  • Reserve your spot in Flourishing at Work webinars with Dr. Epstein & Dr. Krasner
  • #YeahYouWrite author event celebrates Bellevue Literary Review
  • Save the Date for the 2020 Golden Thread Gala: June 9
  • January's edition of Research Roundup
  • ICYMI: 2019 year-end video and Gold Humanism Summit recap
Th e Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare, Canada, and The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) are delighted to announce that the 2020 AFMC–Gold Humanism Award and Lecture will be presented to Dr. Jillian Horton, an extraordinar y physician, writer and educator who has long championed the belief that compassion in medical education leads to more compassionate physicians.

The award will be presented to Dr. Horton at The Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) in Vancouver in April.

Read more about Dr. Horton and the 2020 AFMC-Gold Humanism Award and Lecture.
The deadline to order Solidarity Week materials is Feb. 3.

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Order stickers now for Solidarity Week! Feb. 10-14
Get ready for our annual Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care! Last year, Gold Humanism Honor Society chapters held panel discussions about gentrification in West Philadelphia, immigrant health, how to better care for military veterans, and much more. GHHS members baked, crafted, and assembled gift baskets for patients and their families, and, most importantly, spent hours nurturing deep human connections. What will your chapter, clinic, or health system do this year? Let us know!
The deadline to order Thank a Resident Day materials is Feb. 20.

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Thank a Resident Day is a special annual event to celebrate resident physicians. Residency is a key component of graduate medical training, offering an in-depth exposure to medical practice, often with long hours matched with many responsibilities. Residents serve as the “house staff” of the hospital and are an integral part of the healthcare team. Gold Humanism Honor Society chapters, health systems, and individual hospitals are encouraged to participate in Thank a Resident Day and come up with special activities to show their appreciation. Learn more and download a printable banner file, order stickers, and share your plans with us.
The Gold Humanism Honor Society is seeking nominations and applications for a Dean of Student Affairs to join its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council provides leadership and guidance for the activities and affairs of the honor society.

Nominate someone   by Feb. 4.
Apply yourself by   Feb. 10.
“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.
The 2019 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award honoree was Dr. Nancy Oriol, a mobile health pioneer from Boston.
The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award is presented annually to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or under-served populations in the healthcare arena.

Nominate someone today ! EXTENDED deadline: Feb. 5
by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and The Vilcek Foundation to recognize a foreign-born individual who has had an extraordinary impact on humanism in healthcare in the United States. The inaugural recipient was Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, an Iraqi-American pediatrician who helped draw national attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Deadline: Feb. 2
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.

To make a reservation, please email .
Save the Date for our 2020 Golden Thread Gala: June 9!

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!
This month's Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup  features summaries of 8 recently published studies that tackle important topics in humanistic care, including:
  • Improving physician presence
  • The effects of mindfulness-based interventions
  • Development of a Family Support Tool for surrogates in the Intensive Care Unit.
As 2019 comes to a close, we reflect on the memorable events, as well as our relationships with so many inspiring institutions and individuals that have helped keep us tethered to our mission to keep healthcare human.

We hope you enjoy this short video gallery with highlights from the year!
In case you missed it – the Gold Foundation held its inaugural   Gold Humanism Summit  at the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care in Orlando, Florida, October 27-30, 2019, and what an incredible convening it turned out to be!

Our communities gathered together to share research and present on the impact of humanism in healthcare, both in education/training and in all the places where care is delivered.

View photos and read recaps from the multi-session celebration of humanism and practice. 
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