• New Gold Connection podcast episodes are out
  • Registration is open for the next Gold Writing Workshop
  • 2 Gold-AAMC events: Jordan J. Cohen Lecture & Voices of Medicine Lecture
  • Dr. Lucy Kalanithi to speak at 2021 Steve Miller Day at Columbia University
  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring Hispanic leaders of humanism
  • Research Roundup: 8 recently published studies on humanism in healthcare
  • Golden Glimmer #9: Pen a tanka poem about clinician wellness
  • Register for Mindful Practice workshops, both virtual and in-person
We're excited to release two new episodes of the Gold Connection podcast, produced by the Gold Humanism Honor Society. All episodes are available on our website, on Apple iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you listen. Please consider rating the Gold Connection podcast to help more people find it. Thank you!

In Episode 4, Director of Program Initiatives and GHHS Louisa Tvito interviews Dr. Olapeju Simoyan, Executive Director of Research at Caron Treatment Centers and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Simoyan has been involved in no fewer than 5 Gold Foundation programs! She shares her Gold experiences, from the White Coat Ceremony as a medical student to her Gold Student Summer Fellowship to the being a Gold Humanism Scholar at the Harvard-Macy Institute. Listen to Episode 4: A Journey through Gold Programs.
Episode 5 is a special edition in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, which is every September. Dr. Steven Wengel and Dr. Kenneth Zoucha take listeners on a a wide-ranging and intimate conversation about physician wellness, the particular risk factors often built into the physician culture, and how we can help colleagues and each other foster wellness. Dr. Wengel and Dr. Zoucha are physicians at University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Dr. Wengel is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Wellness Committee. Listen to Episode 5: Fostering Wellness through Connection.
Author Judith Hannan will be holding a Fall 2021 edition of the Gold Writing Workshop, with four sessions on Fridays: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, from noon to 2 p.m. ET. Nurses, doctors, students, and all healthcare team members of any discipline are welcome. The free four-week workshop is limited to 10 participants. Each participant is expected to attend all four sessions. Learn more and register here.
Don't miss these 2 Gold events, part of the 2021 AAMC Annual Conference
The 2021 Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Lecture at the AAMC will feature California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris in conversation with Dr. Rana Awdish, who gave the 2019 Cohen Lecture. The session will be first released Thursday, October 7, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET, and available later on demand. For the first time, this beloved annual lecture will be open and free to all.

Nov. 9 | Vilcek-Gold Award honorees Dr. Latthivongskorn and Dr. Marquez in conversation with Dr. Kirch
2021 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare recipients Dr. Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn and Dr. Denisse Rojas Marquez will be featured in a session as part of the 2021 AAMC Learn Serve Lead virtual conference on Tuesday, November 9, at 2:15 p.m. ET, in conversation with Gold Trustee and AAMC President Emeritus Dr. Darrell Kirch.

Each year, Columbia University Irving Medical Center honors the memory of Dr. Steve Miller, a Gold Professor and beloved educator and clinician who embodied humanism in healthcare. This year's Steve Miller Medical Education Day will be held virtually on Oct. 20 8 a.m.-1 p.m. ET and feature a keynote address "When Breath Becomes Air: On Doctoring and Patienthood" by Dr. Lucy Kalanithi. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford, widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air, and the podcast host of Gravity, which explores narratives of suffering. Steve Miller Day, which is supported in part by the Gold Foundation, is free and open to the public. Register here for the Zoom link.
Celebrating Hispanic leaders of humanism in healthcare
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Gold Foundation is celebrating Hispanic leaders of humanism in healthcare. The first leader we spotlighted was Dr. Candice Passerella, a Navy officer, physician, Gold Humanism Honor Society member, and GHHS Advisory Council member. Dr. Passerella graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy, was winged as a Naval Flight Officer, & earned her qualification as an EA-6B Prowler Mission Commander, flying 1,000+ total hours, 100+ carrier landings, and 60+ combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. She then affiliated with the U.S. Navy Reserve while going back to school, and graduated from Howard University College of Medicine, where she was elected as Chair of its GHHS Chapter. She recently began training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Psychiatry Residency Program. She is 2 months away from turning 40, she has been married for 11 years to a Marine officer and lymphoma survivor, and together they raise a 6-year-old. As Dr. Passerella says: "Human connections are at the core of what we have that 'works' in medicine." Thank you for your leadership, Dr. Passerella!

Look for more Hispanic leaders in upcoming posts on our social media accounts. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
The latest edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup features 8 recently published papers on humanism in healthcare, compiled by Dr. Bharat Kumar.

These papers tackle important questions, including:

  1. Is cannabinoid (CBD) therapy effective at reducing symptoms of emotional exhaustion and burnout in clinicians?
  2. How do care partners view access to doctors' notes via electronic portals?
  3. For parents of children with serious illness, what role does their trust in physicians play in their decision-making styles?

If you would like to receive an email alert when future Research Roundups are published, please sign up.
Golden Glimmer #9: Pen a tanka about clinician wellness
Golden Glimmers are periodic opportunities for creative expression created by the Gold Humanism Honor Society and open to all. Golden Glimmer #9 invites you to pen a tanka poem about clinician wellness, as part of our recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month. We are sharing your poems on our Instagram account, @GoldFdtn.
Mindful Practice co-founders Dr. Ron Epstein and Dr. Mick Krasner invite you to attend their transformative workshops. The next in-person Mindful Practice Workshop will be October 27-30 at the Chapin Mill Retreat Center in Batavia, New York. It is a fully-immersive experience designed for healthcare practitioners, and participants should plan to be present for the entire workshop.

Mindful Practice is also hosting virtual, live Introductory Workshop: Flourishing in Clinical Care. These 3.5-hour workshops will be held Sept. 28, Oct. 23, and Nov. 10.

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