July 2019 | News & Notes
  • 2019 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest winners
  • Have you registered for the Gold Humanism Summit yet?
  • Congratulations to students on their 2019 White Coat Ceremonies!
  • 2019 Summer Reading List for Compassionate Clinicians
  • Submit a Golden Glimmer and SHINE this summer
  • July's edition of the Jeffrey Silver Research Roundup
The Gold Foundation's annual essay contests asks medical and nursing students to reflect on acts of humanism in healthcare. First place this year was awarded to April Butler of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Kathleen Schultz of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate School of Nursing. The top three essays by medical students students and the top three essays by nursing students will be published in upcoming issues of Academic Medicine and the Journal of Professional Nursing, journals from our partners AAMC and AACN, respectively. We express our deepest gratitude to our friend Jim Goodwin for his continued support, which makes this program possible.

Congratulations to the 2019 essay winners, pictured above, and thank you to all the students who participated!
"You’re only half of a physician if you’re just good at your craft. Unless it’s coupled with patient-centered care and humanism, it’s suboptimal care."
— Dr. Arnold P. Gold  
Bolster your own toolbox of humanistic tips and practices, adapted for our 21st-century challenging environment, in this special convening of like-minded peers and healthcare leaders. Mark your calendar, round up your humanistic colleagues, and register now for the first Gold Humanism Summit in Orlando, Florida, this October!
  • Oct. 27-28 (Sun.-Mon.): The GHHS & MTL Symposium is a special gathering for Gold Humanism Honor Society members and Mapping the Landscape grantees

  • Oct. 28-29 (Mon.-Tue.): The Gold Humanism Summit General Sessions features inspiring leaders on a variety of urgent topics, including Mindful Practice interprofessional empathy, narrative medicine, and how to identify "hidden populations" within your patient panels, such as torture survivors, those who suffer from PTSD, and human trafficking victims.

  • Oct. 29-30 (Tue.-Wed.): The Gold Executive Leadership Track is designed for C-suite and senior leadership at healthcare organizations. Speakers include Quest Diagnostics Chairman/President/CEO Steve Rusckowski, SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne Riley, IBM Chief Health Officer Dr. Kyu Rhee, Northwell President/CEO Michael J. Dowling, and Henry Schein U.S. Medical Group President Bradford Connett.

“Why Doctors Write” Preview Screening and Panel
Exclusive preview screening of the new forthcoming documentary by Ken Browne, with a panel discussion with Dr. Audrey Shafer, Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program, Dr. Amy Ship, Atrius Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Susan Ball, Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Watch a trailer of the documentary:
NEW! Institutions, companies and donors are invited to help support this important inaugural conference. We know you care about furthering humanism in healthcare and standing beside us in our shared mission. We offer a robust set of benefits and recognition at every level. Download the Summit Sponsorship packet.
Congratulations to all health professions students who are going through their White Coat Ceremonies!
Every year, the Gold Foundation distributes more than 50,000 "Humanism in Healthcare" pins to incoming medical, nursing and other health professions students to emphasize compassionate patient care and help anchor their training and future care in humanism. The Gold Foundation has spread the White Coat Ceremony around the globe, beginning with the first ceremony in 1993 at Columbia University. We are delighted to be celebrating your White Coat Ceremonies this season, such as the one pictured above at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. We look forward to sharing your photos and videos on our social media!

Email your White Coat Ceremony photos or info on upcoming live-streaming White Coat Ceremonies to Gwen Tundermann at gtundermann@gold-foundation.org . Tag us on Instagram or Twitter @GoldFdtn or use #WhiteCoatCeremony. Thank you for helping #KeepHealthcareHuman!
Each summer, the Gold Foundation spotlights a beach tote-worth of recently published books that broaden our understanding of humanity and humanism in healthcare. This year's selections dive into a wide realm of topics, including a treasure trove of studies that back up the power of humanism, a useful step-by-step guiding to increasing empathy, a thought-provoking reflection on how we view aging, and several guides on the often unspoken and unprocessed realm of death and dying.

Golden Glimmers : Share how you SHINE this summer!
Golden Glimmers are a special way for Gold Humanism Honor Society members and others to express themselves, and at the same time stay connected with their GHHS peers. Everyone in the Gold community (and that means you!) is welcome to participate.

  • Golden Glimmer Theme #1 was advice for new medical students in the form of a haiku. Read the wonderful haiku poems.
  • Golden Glimmer Theme #2 was submissions of photos that elicit feelings of joy, resilience, or passion. View the photo gallery.
  • Golden Glimmer Theme #3: What makes you SHINE in the SUMMERTIME?
Reading an amazing book? Vacationing with your family or friends? Getting outside for outdoor activities? Writing or painting? Share your summertime joys with us! And then look for your submissions on Gold Foundation's social media platforms in our special summertime frame.

Submit your  Golden Glimmer here!

Deadline:September 1, 2019
The  Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup  features summaries of recently published studies that examine important questions in humanistic care, including:

  1. Can shared medical appointments improve patient-centered healthcare?
  2. What can we learn about physician burnout from firefighters, police, and teachers?
  3.  Does surgical professionalism impact patient outcomes?

Read the July edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup. Follow more research updates on Twitter @GoldFdtn and @BharatKumarMD .
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
 gtundermann@gold-foundation.org for more information.
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