• Announcing 2020 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay winners
  • Collaboration Corner: A graduation gift idea from Geisel School of Medicine
  • Medical schools: Watch a webinar on virtual White Coat Ceremonies
  • Nursing schools: Register for a webinar on virtual White Coat/Oath Ceremonies
  • 2020 Summer Reading for Compassionate Clinicians
  • Meet Dr. Vivek Murthy, 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award honoree
  • Faces of the Frontline project shares stories from healthcare professionals
  • New Gold Human InSight Webinar on Elder Care & Isolation in the COVID Crisis
  • Part 2 of Alda-Gold Webinar now available for viewing
  • July edition of Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup
  • GHHS inductions continue in warm virtual ceremonies
The Gold Foundation is pleased to announce the six winners of the 2020 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest. More than 300 medical and nursing students submitted essays on the human connection in healthcare.
  • Mahima Sukumar of the Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
  • Emily Friedman of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Grace Ro of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Lisa Cross of Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing at UMass Lowell
  • Grace Ferri of Boston University School of Medicine
  • Sonia Max of University of Maryland School of Nursing

The winning essays will be published in Academic Medicine , the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), a nd the  Journal of Professional Nursing , published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) . Read the full announcement.
An idea from Geisel School of Medicine: Collect stories of wisdom from alumni as a gift for the graduating class
We are thrilled to announce Collaboration Corner , a new monthly feature in News & Notes for members of the Gold community looking to share and collaborate on humanistic projects and educational interventions. If you have an idea or project to share, please email a short blurb (100 words), an image, and a link with more information to Ann Bruder at
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Our first Collaboration Corner comes from Joseph O'Donnell, MD Sarah Johansen, MD, & Daniel Lucey, MD, at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth:
During these challenging times of the COVID pandemic, we write to share an idea with other schools for a wisdom book of stories from alumni to the graduating class (“things I wish I had known when I graduated”). This ritual serves as a bookend to the first-year White Coat ceremony. We are now in our fifth year of collecting and giving these stories as graduation gifts. We also asked members of our Gold Humanism Honor Society to share a booklet of stories for new clinical students at their Transition Ceremony (for rising MS3). We would welcome your collaboration! Learn more in this detailed description .
The Gold Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have been working together to provide support for virtual White Coat Ceremonies, including co-hosting a webinar, led by Louisa Tvito on the Gold side, with remarks by Dr. Levin, and several AAMC leaders participating, including President/CEO Dr. David Skorton and Dr. Geoffrey Young, Senior Director, Student Affairs and Programs. The webinar drew more than 250 medical school leaders and representatives to the live event in June. Watch the webinar.
The Gold Foundation will be hosting a webinar with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) on 1-2 p.m. EDT August 6 to provide tips and an open forum to ask questions around White Coat/Oath Ceremonies. All those who plan or provide administrative support for these important rituals are invited to register and attend.
Each summer, we compile a list of intriguing books published since last year’s list that might help strengthen clinicians’ commitment to compassionate care of both patients and themselves. This year, we selected 12 books, including moving memoirs, stories of illness, discovery and hope, and research-backed looks at the importance of kindness and social connection, a compelling case for the most compassionate and efficient way for researchers to tackle cancer solutions, and much more.

Meet Dr. Vivek Murthy: His passion for caring for patients has roots in his childhood in Miami as a young immigrant
From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Vivek Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. An internist, public health advocate, and tireless social entrepreneur who launched his first nonprofit at age 17, Dr. Murthy’s career in public health can be traced back to his childhood, not long after he and his family arrived in America.

Vivek Murthy and his older sister, Rashmi, were born in the United Kingdom to parents from Karnataka, India. The family moved to Newfoundland when Vivek was 1 year old and then to Miami, Florida, when he was 3. His father was a physician and ran a family practice, which his mother managed.

“One of the things that appealed to me about doctoring when I was in grade school was the idea that you could approach people with a desire to heal, but in a manner that was informed by both science and humanity,” Dr. Murthy said, recalling his father’s practice. “I saw how much time he and my mother invested in nurturing relationships with the patients they cared for…. because they wanted to understand what was going on in their life.”

Learn more Dr. Murthy, the recipient of the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare, in this new profile.
Faces of the Frontline is a digital campaign that began at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic “to amplify the voices of those keeping us safe.” Led by medical students and volunteers, the project is a powerful illustration of humanism. The team has shared hundreds of moving portraits and stories from physicians, nurses, and so many other healthcare professionals caring for patients in this crisis. Find the project on Instagram at @facesofthefrontline .

Learn more in this Q&A with Founder and Creative Director Vibhu Krishna (a Columbia University medical student) and Outreach Chair Maani Kamal (a University of Alabama medical student & Gold Humanism Honor Society member).
A new Gold Human InSight Webinar on "Elder Care & Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic" is now available, with Marie Perillo, MSN, RN, CPXP, a passionate nurse leader in healthcare for 35 years. This 15-minute webinar shares her insights on creating a more compassionate experience for residents and patients in Long Term Care or Assisted Living as they are struggling to deal with isolation and loneliness in the current pandemic.

Representatives from the Alan Alda Center and the Gold Foundation teamed up for a two-part webinar series. Part II, which was taped with live audience on June 3, 2020, offered time to reflect on and explore the various aspects both healthcare providers and patients bring to the care environment. The recording is now available.

If you are interested in teaming up with the Gold Foundation on a Gold Human InSight Webinar , please contact Pia Pyne Miller at .
The July edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup highlights 12 recently published studies that tackle a variety of topics related to humanism, including:
  • How can we use the Health Humanities Portrait Approach to better teach trainees about the lives of our patients?
  • Why are trainees often reluctant to speak up when they see unprofessional behavior?
  • What can institutions do to help address patient bias toward healthcare professionals?

Many Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) inductions are being shifted to virtual events. The Gold Foundation has assembled resources to help GHHS chapters create a virtual induction ceremony, including a welcome video and PowerPoint slides for your program. Gold Foundation representatives are also available to join your virtual ceremony to say a few brief words and congratulate your newest inductees.

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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