May 2018 | News & Notes
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare Canada (APGFC) are pleased to announce the establishment of the AFMC – Gold Humanism Award and Lecture. Physicians, nurses and others in the Canadian healthcare community are eligible to be nominated for their commitment to the ideals of humanism and patient-centered care.
Join us at the 9th Annual Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit! President and CEO Dr. Richard I. Levin will be hosting a breakout session on engagement/burnout titled “Finding Joy and Meaning in the Disrupted Work of Healthcare,” and the Gold Foundation will be hosting an exhibitor's table throughout the conference. We are looking forward to connecting with those in attendance. Learn more about Dr. Levin's presentation and other upcoming conferences and events where you can find us .
We are so close! We need your help in reaching our fundraising goal for our 30th Anniversary Golden Thread Gala. Join us for a very special evening on June 13 at Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. We will be honoring Alan Alda, actor, writer and science communicator, and Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO of the AAMC. We will also be celebrating the legacy of our co-founder Dr. Arnold P. Gold. You may purchase tables, individual tickets, or access other sponsorship opportunities though this link or by contacting interim Chief Development Officer Kerry Ford at We look forward to celebrating humanism in healthcare with you during this beautiful and memorable evening.
Gold Humanism Honor Society inductions are happening across the nation, including one recently held at Georgetown University School of Medicine. GHHS chapter President Jack Penner, MD, presented the keynote speech, "Transcending quality in pursuit of clinical excellence." The induction ceremony recognized third-year medical students for their contributions and dedication to humanism in medicine.
Led by Nurses with Global Impact, Inc., the second annual International Nurses Day at the United Nations paid tribute to the contributions of nurses around the globe. The celebration was held on May 11 in honor of the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The Gold Foundation nominated nurses Anna Murphy, Karen Gottlieb and Edwin Koko to receive the Inspiring Global Nurse Award. Read more about the celebration and watch a video footage of the ceremony here.
Dr. Howard Grill, a cardiologist from Pennsylvania, began recording his patients' stories to help bring doctors and patients closer, realizing that they are both just people “sitting on opposite sides of the exam table." Dr. Grill's collection has grown to include beautiful black-and-white portraits of his patients, such as the one shown here, and his art is now on display at two lobbies at Excela Health sites. Read a Q&A with Dr. Grill about his empathy project.
Does physician burnout affect how long patients wait in the ER? Where do ICU clinicians spend most of their time? How many internal medicine program directors report bullying in their residency programs? The answers to these fascinating questions are in three of the nine new papers on humanism in healthcare in the  May edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup. If you don't already receive our monthly email that alerts you to recently published studies about humanism in healthcare, you can sign up here .
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