September 2018 | News & Notes
2018 Picker Gold Grants to fund projects on resident communication skills and culturally competent care
The Gold Foundation is delighted to announce two exceptional projects selected to receive the 2018 Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grants. Paul Haidet, MD, MPH, of Penn State College, will be developing and evaluating a system-based intervention to foster deliberate practice of communication skills among residency trainees. Cheryl T. Lee, MD, and Tasha Posid, PhD, of The Ohio State University will be developing and evaluating a cross-cultural intervention for urology residents to better understand patient attitudes and perceptions and to improve empathic communication. Learn more about the new 2018 Picker Gold grants.
Libertas Center offers rare, comprehensive care to torture survivors
Dr. Dinali Fernando, the Gold Foundation's 2018 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award winner, is the Medical Director of the Libertas Center for Human Rights at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York. She has led it from a completely volunteer program to a comprehensive, torture-survivor treatment center that advocates nationally for this underserved population. Learn all about the unique work of the Libertas Center, whom they serve, and what an impact they are making — and how your ED or hospital can begin thinking about identifying and incorporating specific services for this hidden population, too.

You're invited to celebrate our 2018 Pearl Hurwitz Award honoree in Boston
We welcome you to join us on October 10 in Boston as we celebrate Dr. Dinali Fernando, the 2018 recipient of the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award. Dr. Fernando is being honored for her groundbreaking work caring for survivors of torture and human rights violations. The reception is free to attend but requires an RSVP; the awards dinner immediately following requires a ticket.

When: OCTOBER 10, 4:30-6:00 PM
Join us at Planetree's International Conference on Person-Centered Care
Planetree's 40th Anniversary International Conference on Person-Centered Care features several sessions hosted by Gold Foundation presenters, including a special presentation on Tell Me More in collaboration with Quest Diagnostics. The Gold Foundation will also be hosting an exhibitor's table where we welcome you to stop by and learn more about our work. Register today using the discount code GOLD and receive up to a $500 discount on non-Planetree Member pricing. We hope to see you there!

When: OCTOBER 7-10
An Evening Retreat for Physicians: Preventing Burnout
In collaboration with the Fairfield County Medical Association, the Gold Foundation is offering an evening discussion of strategies to prevent and counter physician burnout. The $75 cost includes dinner. attendees can earn 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. The discussion will be led by Dr. Steven F. Horowitz, Emeritus Chief, Division of Cardiology, Stamford Hospital and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. View a flier about the event and reserve your spot today. Please pass this announcement on to physicians you know who practice in and near Norwalk.

When: OCTOBER 18, 6-8:30PM
Pencil the Gold Foundation in during your trip to the AAMC Annual Meeting
The Gold Foundation is heading to Texas for the Association of American Medical Colleges' annual Learn Serve Lead meeting. During the conference, the Gold Foundation will be hosting a number of events, including a special Gold Humanism Honor Society workshop and the Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Thought Leadership Session, given this year by George Thibault, Gold Board member and immediate past President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Dr. Thibault will be speaking on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in convention center room 18 on "Humanism in Medicine: What Does it Mean and Why is it More Important than Ever?" Learn more about this talk and our many other events.

When: NOVEMBER 2-6
Thanks to all those who submitted Golden Glimmers photos of inspiration
Throughout September, the Gold Humanism Honor Society has held its Golden Glimmers No. 2, calling for photos that inspire feelings of joy, resilience or passion. We received over 50 submissions, which we are pleased to share with our community. You can submit your own photo until September 30. If you missed Golden Glimmers No. 1, a request for advice for new medical students in the form of a haiku poem, be sure to read the beautiful haiku poems here.
September's Research Roundup features 10 new publications
The September edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup features 10 recently published studies around humanism, including one by 2016 Gold Student Summer Fellow Jiby Mepurathu Yohannan of Augusta University that assessed a LGBT community's health needs, as well as a study on digital storytelling in health professions education by a Mapping the Landscape team from University of Ottawa. Don't miss October's edition. Sign up to receive notice of the next Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup in your inbox.
Humanism at your school or hospital could make a splash on our homepage
Do you have a fantastic photo that highlights one of the Gold Foundation's programs or how the Gold Foundation helps foster collaborative, compassionate, scientifically excellent care? Such photos could include a 2018 White Coat Ceremony, Gold Humanism Honor Society induction, Student Summer Fellowship program, Tell Me More® program, and much more. Email your photo to, and it could appear at the top of our homepage or shared on social media. Thank you in advance!

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai { Osler Partner }
Psychiatry Department Meet-and-Greet for MD and MD/PhD Students
on October 16, 4-6 PM
Interested in a flexible psychiatry residency with built-in time for your research passions? Come to our meet-and-greet to hear about the program from a recent graduate, a current resident, and the program directors. Then, get to know potential mentors over cheese and wine.


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