The field of medicine often acknowledges scientific and technical expertise while overlooking the art of relationship-centered and compassionate care. The Gold Foundation understands that in order to be a complete doctor, both science and humanism must be fostered. Our awards seek to elevate those humanistic qualities essential to good doctoring: integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service.
Our awards recognize and celebrate the integrity, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service that must be combined with clinical excellence to provide optimal patient care. Our awards are given to doctors at all levels of training:
- Gold Humanism Honor Society for medical students nominated by their peers
- Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award for resident physicians nominated by their medical students
- Humanism in Medicine Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges for physicians in practice chosen in a process administered by the AAMC’s Organization of Student Representatives
- Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award for graduating medical students and medical school faculty. Selection process varies by institution.
- Pearl Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award for a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations in the health care arena.
- Specialty Society Awards for physicians in practice chosen by each specialty society