May 2019 | News & Notes
  • Inaugural Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare goes to Flint whistleblower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
  • Four GHHS chapters receive 2019 Distinguished Chapter Awards
  • Dr. George E. Thibault's AAMC lecture adapted for Academic Medicine
  • Eight medical students selected as 2019 Gold Student Summer Fellows
  • Gold Humanism Summit – speakers announced so far!
  • May edition of Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup
  • Golden Thread Gala on June 13 | Purchase your ticket today
The Vilcek Foundation  and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of a new joint award, the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare, and its inaugural recipient, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dr. Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and associate professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is an immigrant born in the United Kingdom to parents of Iraqi descent; she drew nationwide attention to the widespread lead-poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan, through the public water supply.

Read more about the new Vilcek-Gold Award and an interview with Dr. Hanna-Attisha on our website.
Four outstanding Gold Humanism Honor Society chapters presented with Distinguished Chapter Awards

This year, three Distinguished Chapter Awards were given to GHHS chapters that have been established for greater than three years : The University of Colorado, University of Minnesota Medical School, and The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. One award was given to a GHHS chapter that has been established for three years or less : Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The winners displayed excellence in the following areas:

Impact:  Evidence of impact on the institution in the advancement of a culture of patient-centered care
Learning Environment/Research:   Demonstrated activity to improve and sustain a humanistic learning environment
Service Activities: Initiatives and/or projects that contribute to fostering humanistic patient care
Leadership:  Defined efforts to enhance the leadership skills of medical students and residents 

Congratulations to this year's Distinguished Chapters!

Dr. George E. Thibault, Gold Trustee, immediate past president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and one of our 2019 National Humanism In Medicine Honorees, gave a stunning presentation at the 2018 AAMC Annual Meeting. His Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Healthcare Lecture, an inspiring talk presented annually by the Gold Foundation, brought the room to tears.

That talk has now been adapted for print in Academic Medicine as an invited commentary titled, "Humanism in Medicine: What Does It Mean and Why Is It More Important Than Ever?" In the essay, Dr. Thibault examines whether humanism in medicine can survive in the current culture. He concludes: “It will be hard to have humanism in medicine if there is no humanism in the world around us. Human interest, values, and dignity must predominate.”

Read the full essay as a pre-print free PDF in Academic Medicine . Look for it in print in a future edition of the journal.
From California to Zambia, eight Gold Student Summer Fellows will be working with underserved populations through humanistic-based projects this summer. The first- and second-year medical students hail from schools around the nation: Loyola University Chicago, The University of Central Florida, Touro University, University of Michigan, Rush University, Wake Forest University, and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Their projects cover a wide range of humanistic topics, including assessing interpreter formats in the emergency department; long-term medication adherence for people now in supportive housing programs; and photography and story-telling as a way to help individuals re-enter society after incarceration.

Read more about the 2019 Gold Student Summer Fellows .
We are beginning to announce the inspiring speakers and exciting sessions for the inaugural Gold Humanism Summit at the Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care in Orlando, Florida October 27-30, 2019. Here is a sampling, with many more to come:

  • “Infusing Humanism into your Hospital System”Alice Fornari, Associate Dean for Educational Skills Development, Zucker School of Medicine; Vice-President Faculty Development, Northwell Health; and Taranjeet Ahuja, Associate Professor and Director ICE and ACE Continuity Clinic, Zucker/Northwell
  • “Flourishing at Work: Transforming Healthcare through Mindful Practice” Workshop — Ron Epstein, Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research; Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship program and Mindful Practice Programs; University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

The  GOLD EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TRACK  is exclusively for registered C-suite and senior leadership at healthcare organizations. Registration will be $999, with early bird pricing of $850 before June 15. Confirmed speakers include:
  • “Fireside Chat: Leading with Heart” Keynote: Brad Connett, President U.S. Medical Group, Henry Schein, Inc. Read Henry Schein CEO Stanley Bergman's recent article in Chief Executive Magazine: Keep Humanity At The Core of Healthcare.
  • “Values-Based Care" Keynote: Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson

Please check our conference website regularly to see the most up-to-date view of all speakers, topics, sessions, workshops, panels, and more!
Humanism in Research Assistant Editor Dr. Bharat Kumar has compiled recent studies that examine important questions in humanistic care, including:

  • What factors contribute to physician job satisfaction?
  • How is feedback on implicit bias received by learners?
  • Can patient perceptions of clinical compassion be reliably measured?

Read the May edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup. Follow more research updates on Twitter @GoldFdtn and @BharatKumarMD .
On June 13, the Gold community will come together to celebrate humanism in healthcare at our annual Golden Thread Gala , a special evening in New York City that will serve as a finale to our 30th anniversary year.

We will honor 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.   George Thibault .

Please consider becoming a sponsor and inviting leaders of humanism in your own school, health institution, company or community to join you. Your presence and support matter.

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