National Conference on Humanism

The Gold Humanism Honor Society hosts an annual National Conference on Humanism which is designed to help healthcare professionals to strengthen their connection to humanism in medicine and to foster professional and personal resiliency. The conference hosts nationally recognized speakers, interactive workshops, poster sessions, roundtable discussions and more.

2017 National Conference

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The Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society presents:
Gold Humanism Honor Society 2017 National Conference
Cultivating Resiliency Through Humanism and Community

March 30- April 1, 2017
Chicago Westin O’Hare


The Conference has reached full capacity and we are unable to accept additional registrants.

Please note: that all counts have been finalized and provided to the conference venue –no refunds will be extended at this point.

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Our 2017 GHHS National Conference will convene a broad group of attendees including practicing physicians and other clinicians, medical students, residents, researchers, GHHS Chapter Advisors and others who share the common goal of ensuring that medical care is delivered with humanism and compassion!

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  1. Identify and employ participants’ connection to humanism in medicine to develop professional and personal resiliency among attendees.
  2. Utilize networking across multiple venues to foster the development of a community of humanistic medical practice.
  3. Integrate best practices in humanistic approaches to care in training and practice.
  4. Review information regarding current relevant research in humanism in medicine.

Accrediting Sponsor

University of California San Diego School of Medicine

Schedule / Workshops 

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Course Director

Mia Savoia MD, Dean of Medical Education/UCSD School of Medicine

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Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Dr. Remen is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and the founder and director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health & Illness (RISHI) at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Her groundbreaking curriculum, “The Healer’s Art” is taught in more than half of American medical schools. She will speak about the connection between meaning, calling and resiliency among doctors and medical students.

Lynn Harter, PhD

Dr. Harter is Professor and Co-Director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact at Ohio University School of  Communications Studies. She studies a range of issues including pediatric cancer care, disability-related concerns, and the organizing of  healthcare for underserved populations. Her research is connected by a primary concern: how symbolic, material and corporeal conditions foster  resiliency among individuals facing difficult life circumstances.

Maureen McGovern

Broadway and recording artist, Maureen McGovern, recently marked the 45th anniversary of the release of her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure. She has been Grammy nominated for “Best New Artist” and “Best Traditional Pop Vocal,” and also nominated for Broadway’s Drama Desk Award for her role as Marmee in Little Women, The Musical. Maureen supports music therapy and is an Artist Spokesperson for The American Music Therapy Association and a Board member of OSU’s Medicine and The Arts.


Discounted rooms are available at the Chicago Westin O’Hare until March 17. To book a room, go to:

Some Funding Tips for Students

  • Contact your medical school Dean and other school administrators for support
  • Apply for travel and lodging reimbursement from other College groups, including Student and Alumni Councils
  • Reach out to GHHS faculty to sponsor a student’s participation
  • Share a hotel room with a fellow student
  • For local students, consider carpooling


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of UCSD and Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The University of California, San Diego is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Design 

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure

The University of California, San Diego Continuing Medical Education requires that the content of CME activities and related materials provide balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. Planning must be free of the influence or control of a commercial entity, and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. Faculty participating in UC San Diego sponsored CME programs are expected to disclose to the activity participants any conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter in their role as planners or presenters. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the course content. UC San Diego CME has the following mechanisms in place to resolve conflicts of interest 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. UC San Diego CME will resolve all conflicts of interest prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.

Needs Assessment with Practice Gap

A needs assessment was conducted using expert faculty opinion questionnaires, literature review and feedback from participants at prior GHHS Biennial conferences. The following practice gap was identified:

All patients should receive humanistic, personalized attention and care in clinical encounters with the health care team. Physicians and nurses should feel comfortable that their skills, training, and their work environment values and encourages such goals. Promoting resiliency in clinicians serves to both improve the care of patients as well as physicians’ empathy, balance, and well-being.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website (


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Commercial Support 

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