• Vilcek-Gold Awardees Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha at the AAMC
  • Deadline for 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award nominees: Jan. 24
  • New Gold Human InSight Webinar: OSU's Voices of Humanism program
  • Deadline for 2021 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award nominees: Dec. 18
  • Giving Tuesday is tomorrow!
  • Golden Glimmer No. 6: Submit a haiku about thankfulness
  • Submit your question about clinical improv: An upcoming webinar may answer it
  • October-November 2020 Research Roundup features 12 new studies
  • How to flourish in times of uncertainty and fear: View webinar with Dr. Ron Epstein
  • GHHS chapters: What are your plans for the 2020 initiative on structural racism?
  • The Patient & the Practitioner in the Age of Technology five-part series 
  • Did you miss the Mindful Healthcare Summit? Recorded sessions available now!
Dr. Vivek Murthy accepts the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award, joins Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in engaging "fireside chat"
“We all feel better when we’re giving and receiving love. We all feel worse when we’re living in fear. These are the things that actually unite us as human beings.”
— Dr. Vivek Murthy at the AAMC

The 2020 AAMC Annual Meeting, held virtually this year, featured a session with 19th U.S. Surgeon General and co-chair of President-elect Biden's COVID-19 task force, Dr. Vivek Murthy, in an engaging conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Topics included how to bring people together ("You build a relationship first. … Snarky posts on Twitter never change anyone’s mind.” — Dr. Murthy) their backgrounds as immigrants, the pandemic of loneliness, and the importance of daily rituals that ground us.

Dr. Murthy was presented the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare at the start of the session, a joint honor from the Vilcek Foundation and the Gold Foundation that honors foreign-born health professionals for extraordinary contributions to humanism in U.S. healthcare. Dr. Hanna-Attisha, an Iraqi-American pediatrician who brought national attention to the Flint water crisis, received the inaugural Vilcek-Gold Award in 2019.

The Gold Foundation has opened the nomination period for the 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award, which recognizes a foreign-born individual who has had an extraordinary impact on humanism in healthcare in the United States. Learn more about the Vilcek-Gold Award.

Deadline: Sunday, Jan 24. Submit your nomination here.
The latest Gold Human InSight Webinar features the Voices in Humanism program, a collaboration between the Medical Heritage Center and the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. The program is designed to collect, preserve and share art created during this time of dual pandemics – COVID-19 and racism.
Linda C. Stone, MD, Special Assistant to the Dean for Humanism and Professionalism, OSU College of Medicine and former Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter advisor, provides an overview of the program, and then eight members of the OSU community share samples of their art, including poetry, visual art, photography, vocal music, and film. The webinar opens and closes with a performance by Grammy-nominated artist and Broadway actress Maureen McGovern.
The art shown here is a collage by medical student Rana Elgazzar, president of the GHHS chapter, featured on the webinar.

The Gold Human InSight Webinars are virtual sessions that the Gold Foundation has hosted with its wonderful partners in humanism. The 2020 theme is “Care, Compassion, and Collaboration during the Dual Pandemic.” If you are interested in teaming up with the Gold Foundation on a webinar, please contact Pia Pyne Miller at

The Gold Foundation has opened the nomination period for the 2021 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award, which recognizes a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of underserved or at-risk populations in the healthcare arena. Honorees have included (clockwise from top left) Hoonani (Nani) Cuadrado, Veda Johnson, Nancy Oriol, and Dinali Fernando. Learn more about these extraordinary women and the award.

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 18. Submit your nomination here.
The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become a day — after Black Friday, after Cyber Monday — to remember the values and missions close to your heart. We hope the Gold Foundation and our shared mission of humanism in healthcare is one of those. Please consider donating and supporting our work. All amounts are welcome and appreciated. We encourage you to share your belief in the importance of the human connection in healthcare with others — through email, social media, or any format — and invite them to join our mission, too. Thank you for helping Keep Healthcare Human!
Making an impact
by connecting with others
grateful for their trust
— Randi Libbon, MD
University of Colorado Anschutz Campus

Created by the Gold Humanism Honor Society staff, Golden Glimmers are periodic prompts to encourage creative expression and connection. The latest Golden Glimmer, No. 6, calls for haiku that focus on gratitude: What does working in healthcare make you thankful for? (For those in our community who don't work in healthcare, consider what you are grateful for about those who do work in healthcare.)  
Haiku is a traditional, three-line, Japanese poem that contains seventeen syllables. The first and third line contain five syllables each, while the second line contains seven syllables (5/7/5).

Tell us about a time you struggled to connect with a patient. An upcoming webinar will feature expert advice.
The Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Gold Foundation are teaming up again for a new webinar, this one with Dr. Howard Silverstein, Professor in Biomedical Informatics, Family & Community Medicine, and Bioethics & Medical Humanism, at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (and former Gold Humanism Honor Society Advisory Council Chair and Gold Trustee) and Elizabeth Bojsza, Assistant Professor of Practice, and Susmita Pati, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Program Advisor of the Alda Center. The focus will be clinical improv, and the webinar will include questions and scenarios from you!

Improvisational theater skills have a surprising and substantial overlap with skills required of clinicians. Improv is a genre of performance art grounded in principles of spontaneity, adaptability, collaboration, and skilled listening. Clinical Improv is an emerging field being developed and studied in which improv principles and training techniques are used to improve cognition, communication, and teamwork in the field of medicine. 

Tell us about a time that you struggled to connect with a patient. Our team will consider a few of these scenarios and any related questions in the upcoming webinar. Please record yourself (using your phone is fine) and upload the short video here. Your video may be featured in the upcoming webinar!
The latest edition of Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup features 12 studies tackling important topics, such as:
1.  How do medical students observe, learn from, and engage in apologies?
2.  Do self-assessments of physician empathy correlate with patient assessments of physician empathy?
3.  How do clinician educators develop their educator identity?

If you would like to receive an email alert when future Research Roundups are published, please sign up here.
2020 has been an incredibly difficult, unsettling, and tragic year. In this Gold Human InSight Webinar, Dr. Ron Epstein, co-founder of Mindful Practice and professor at University of Rochester, shares how to be present and robust in times of fear. With both practical techniques and deep insights, Dr. Epstein focuses on turning toward dissonance rather than ignoring or supressing. By being attentive and being in each moment fully, you can flourish even in this era of uncertainty.

This webinar was taped live on Oct. 1, 2020, and is now available as a recording.

The 2020 GHHS National Initiative,
Humanism and Healing: Structural Racism and its Impact on Medicine, is designed to encourage GHHS members to use their leadership roles to start or extend conversations about racism and its impact on medicine/healthcare in their local communities and beyond, to create space for grieving, processing, and bearing witness around this topic, or to take action in one of many powerful ways that humanism can begin to heal.

For example, GHHS chapters could create reflective writing working groups. They could use articles, film, and other pieces of history to examine the history of racism in medicine and/or their local area. Such activities can help start conversations around racism and deepen understanding.

Join The Alpert Medical School for a five-part virtual conference series on the impact of the electronic healthcare record and health information technologies on the patient-practitioner relationship. In addition, these sessions will specifically examine how human relationships account for software and device design and implementation, ethical stewardship of shared data, and the current best practices for incorporating health information technologies into clinical practice, all while maintaining patient-centered care. The conference is led in part by Dr. Elizabeth Toll, a Gold grantee and long-time supporter.

The third session, "Relationships Matter More Than Ever, and They Are Changing; Addressing Disparities," will be held on January 8, 2021. CME credits are available.

During the Mindful Healthcare Summit, experts offered practices for staying grounded and resilient during these challenging times. Several of these speakers are connected to the Gold Foundation, including including Dr. Ronald Epstein and Dr. Mick Krasner, Co-Founders of Mindful Practice, 2014 Jordan J. Cohen Lecturer at the AAMC Daniel Goleman, Gold grantees Zev Schuman-Olivier and Cynda Hylton Rushton, and Janice E. Nevin, President/CEO of ChristianaCare, a Gold Partners Council member.
The summit has passed, but the recordings of these helpful sessions are now available.

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