• Gold Foundation's response to COVID-19
  • #FrontLineFaces: A call for human connection in this pandemic
  • Mindful Practice webinar recording with Dr. Mick Krasner now available
  • Special COVID-19 edition of Research Roundup
  • 2020 ACGME-Gold Bud Baldwin Awards honor 3 institutions with humanistic residency programs
  • 2020 Gala is postponed, but humanism in healthcare isn't
  • COVID-19-related shifts to Gold Foundation programs
  • "D" is for Document - the latest in the A-S-C-E-N-D framework
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is grateful to all the physicians, nurses, and every member of the healthcare team who is on the front lines right now caring for patients in this crisis. We see you, your compassion, your courage, and we are grateful.

Our office in New Jersey is closed, and our staff is working remotely. Many events have been postponed. Programs are continuing, but are adjusting for safety in this pandemic. We will also be rolling out new initiatives soon to help strengthen critical human connections in this crisis.

Read our full letter with the most recent updates to our programs, events and work.
#FrontLineFaces: Join our call for human connection in this pandemic by sharing your photos and stories
Amid this life-altering pandemic, with physical distancing a necessity and the challenges to our healthcare teams and society rising by the minute, one thing is clear: human connections are more important than ever.

As part of its mission to keep healthcare human, The Gold Foundation seeks to help strengthen connections during this crisis by encouraging clinicians and patients to share photos and stories of their experiences. Research has shown that a warm, strong human connection helps patients heal while also helping practitioners maintain their own well-being, and we need to mobilize every tool available in this historic fight.

Join us in honoring clinicians’ courage and compassion and recognizing their humanity in this fight, while making space for patients and everyone on the front lines to share their personal stories and be seen. Please join us in sharing your #FrontLineFaces photos and stories and in writing caring comments of support on social media when you see #FrontLineFaces posts.

Submit your photos and stories to the #FrontLineFaces project at or post your photo and story on social media with the hashtag #FrontLineFaces. On Twitter and Instagram , please tag us @GoldFdtn. Thank you for helping Keep Healthcare Human.
Would you benefit from a Mindful Practice moment? Watch a recording with Co-Founder Dr. Mick Krasner
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 has been hosting free webinars that provide an introduction to Mindful Practice.

Watch a 1-hour webinar that was recorded on March 4 with Dr. Mick Krasner.

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This special edition of Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup: Maintaining the Human Connection in the Age of COVID-19   highlights 8 studies from previous Research Roundup editions that are particularly relevant in this pandemic. Topics include:
  • How self-compassion can be helpful in treating PTSD
  • How political event affect young physicians
  • Three requirements of clinician "presence"
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) presented the 2020 DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin Jr. Award to three Sponsoring Institutions of residency/fellowship programs:
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital of Chicago
  • Utah Healthcare Institute – St. Mark’s Family Medicine of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Read more about the 2020 ACGME-Gold Baldwin Awards and these exceptional institutions.
Our gala is postponed, but humanism in healthcare isn't
Every year we celebrate humanism in healthcare at our gala, which had been scheduled for June 9 in New York City. This event brings together so many who believe strongly in our mission, and we were very much looking forward to awarding our 2020 National Humanism in Medicine Medals to four lifelong champions of humanism: Danielle Ofri, Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, Steve Rusckowski, and Eric Topol. In recognition of the safety of our guests, the public, and the entire healthcare community, and in order to celebrate when we get to the other side of COVID-19, we will reschedule to an appropriate date as early as it's possible. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Humanism in healthcare is far from postponed, however. Healthcare professionals on the front lines are living it every day. Our work at the Gold Foundation to support them in meaningful ways continues because the Gold community of healthcare students and professionals need all of our recognition and support as much as ever.

And we have to tell you that we need your support – whatever you can do now. The economic uncertainty of this year due to the catastrophe of COVID-19 means many initiatives are at risk. And, if you would like specifically to support one of our pandemic initiatives under way, please reach out to Stuart Chizzik at .
Updates to Gold Foundation programs
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gold staff is working remotely right now, and our office in New Jersey is closed. T he mailing of pins and certificates is delayed. We are working hard to develop virtual resources for some programs, such as Gold Humanism Honor Society inductions, and we are providing extensions to research or service projects in progress that are funded through one of our programs. Please reach out to Stacy Morris at with inductions-related questions. Please reach out to Gwen Tundermann at with all other questions.
The final article in Dr. Karen Knops' A-S-C-E-N-D communications framework for clinicians and patients focuses on "D" for Document. The real work of healing and education is often done in the days and weeks that follow a medical visit – work that is done by patients. Just as students have been shown to retain information better if they review their notes soon after a class, we can make the most of visits with healthcare professionals by having something to debrief with afterward. These tips can be helpful for both in-person visits and telehealth appointments.

Read "D" is for Document and the introduction to the A-S-C-E-N-D framework .
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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