June 2019 | News & Notes
  • Gold Humanism Summit: Have you registered yet?
  • Gold Executive Leadership Track: 100 spots only
  • Recap of our 2019 Golden Thread Gala
  • Profile of 2019 Bud Baldwin winner Middlesex Health
  • Call for Golden Glimmers
  • Meet our newest Board member, Dr. Greg Cherr
  • June edition of Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup
Don't miss the first Gold Humanism Summit at the Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care in Orlando, Florida October 27-30, 2019. Meet liked-minded peers and leaders who champion humanism in their care of patients and the broader healthcare ecosystem.
The  Gold Executive Leadership Track  is designed for C-suite and senior leadership at healthcare organizations.This special event begins with an evening reception on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and then includes a full day of sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

View the detailed schedules for the General Sessions and the Gold Executive Leadership Track .
Confirmed speakers

Workshop: Flourishing at Work – Dr. Ron Epstein

Workshop: Implicit/Unconscious Bias – Dr. Ruth Shim and Judy Ravin

Strategies for Humanism: Applying Humanism in Practice Dr. Alice Fornari and Dr. Taranjeet Ahuja 

Focus on Hidden Populations Panel – Deb O'Hara-Rusckowski, Dr. Kevin Kelly, Michael Vitez, and Dr. Dinali Fernando

Recapturing the Heart of the Golden Age of Medicine – Dr. Paul DeChant and Dr. Richard I. Levin

Improving Interprofessional Empathy Video & Workshop – Dr. Ellen M. Friedman, Dr. Jordan Shapiro, and Dr. Sandra Gold 

Fireside Chat: Leading with Heart – Bradford Connett 

Infusing Humanism into your Corporate Healthcare Setting – Steve Rusckowski and Richard C. Sheerr

“Values-Based” Care – Dr. Kyu Rhee

Reimagining Healthcare and Technology – Michael Dowling

Infusing Humanism into your Academic Medical Center – Dr. Wayne Riley and Dr. Lawrence G. Smith

The Customer Revolution in Healthcare – David Johnson

“Why Doctors Write” Preview Screening and Panel – Ken Browne

The Other Side of the Stethoscope – Marcus Engel

Narrative Medicine - Michael Vitez and Dr. Hedy Wald

Through the Lens - Dr. Richard I. Levin

 Perspectives on Excellent Systems Practice: Insights from an ACGME-Gold Bud Baldwin Winner - Dr. Donald Brady

Infusing Humanism into Your Healthcare Ecosystem - Dr. George Thibault 
Should your corporate, academic, or organization's leadership attend the Gold Executive Leadership Track? Forward this to your leaders and advocate for your organization's future. We are all stakeholders in humanism in healthcare.
Watch stirring remarks by gala honorees Anna Quindlen, George Thibault, Elaine Adler, along with many others
On June 13, the Gold community came together to celebrate humanism in healthcare at our annual Golden Thread Gala , a special evening in New York City that served as a finale to our 30th anniversary year.

We honored three individuals with the 2019 National Humanism in Medicine Medal: entrepreneur, community activist and internationally recognized patient advocate  Elaine Adler ; bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic  Anna Quindlen ; and eminent professor, physician and leader in medical education  Dr. GeorgeThibault .

Watch more videos, including songs by the Dermatones, an a cappella group from the Uniformed Services University and remarks by Gold Foundation President/CEO Dr. Rich Levin , Board Chair Richard Sheerr, Co-founder and Lifetime Trustee Dr. Sandra Gold, Macy Foundation President Dr. Holly Humphrey, and AACN President Dr. Deborah Trautman.

View 100+ photos at the 2019 Golden Thread Gala photo gallery

Thank you to all our sponsors and attendees for making the event a success and helping power our shared mission of Keeping Healthcare Human!
A special humanistic culture at Middlesex Health helped the institution win the ACGME and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) Baldwin Jr. Award in 2019. Only three institutions were selected out of a pool of more than 800 ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions of residency programs.

This new series will profile each winning institutions and share their best practices. This first profile focuses on Middlesex Health. From the beginning of their residency to their capstone projects, the 28 family medicine resident physicians at Middlesex Health become part of the community. Read the full profile.
This summer, a special reception on Martha's Vineyard will offer a chance to learn about the Gold Foundation's mission, programs and vision for a future in which human interests, values, and dignity is at the core of healthcare. We hope to meet new friends who believe, as we do, that optimal healthcare must be compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent.

This year's reception on July 27th will feature a special keynote address by Dr. Rana Awdish, the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir In Shock, based on her own serious illness.

To request an invitation, please reach out to Director of Development Kerry Ford at 201.735.8722 or [email protected] by July 12.
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.

  • 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 social media in our special summertime frame.

Submit your Golden Glimmer here.

Deadline:September 1, 2019
Meet our newest Board member, Dr. Greg Cherr
The Gold Foundation Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome its newest member, Gregory S. Cherr, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University at Buffalo-State University of New York.

Dr. Cherr is the Chair-Elect of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Advisory Council and serves as the Chair of the GHHS Governance Committee. 

He has received Gold awards for humanism and has been involved in several programs:
  • 2008 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award recipient and Gold Humanism Honor Society member
  • 2012 Gold Humanism Scholar at the Harvard Macy Institute; he is currently serving as a faculty member and mentor to the 2019 cohort.
  • 2016 Mapping the Landscape grantee
Humanism in Research Assistant Editor Dr. Bharat Kumar has compiled 9 recent studies that examine important questions in humanistic care, including:

  1. What is the economic cost of physician burnout? 
  2. How can family members be better incorporated into the care of people who have mental health conditions?
  3. How can patient satisfaction be measured in real-time?

Read the June 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
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