Gold Humanism Scholars at the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors partial scholarships of $5,000 for Gold Humanism Scholars at the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI) Program for Educators in the Health Professions.

This highly interactive faculty development program trains participants in innovative methods to teach and assess health professional learners.  We select healthcare educators whose work helps develop or evaluate educational projects focused on achieving humanistic patient care that can be replicated across a variety of healthcare delivery settings.

At HMI, Gold Humanism in Medicine Scholars join a community of international educators, and their interest in humanism permeates the educational environment of the Institute and facilitates new collaborative relationships moving forward.

An Institute faculty member will serve as a mentor to the Gold Scholars.

2017 Gold Humanism Scholars

Kevin Patrick Bogart, MPAS, PA-C
University of Colorado – Denver
Building Empathic Communication and Resilience Skills Into a New, Longitudinal Physician Assistant (PA) Curriculum

Mita Sanghavi Goel, MD, MPH
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Health Equity and Advocacy Training (HEAT)

Rebekah Valthaty, MD
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Improving Resident Communication Skills with Patients from Diverse Backgrounds Utilizing a Cultural Competence OSCE

Who is Eligible?

Faculty from an accredited school of medicine, nursing and other allied health professions in the US and Canada. Applicants should be recognized at their institution for their commitment to humanistic health professions education. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrated a commitment to fostering humanism and who show potential as a leader in health professions education.

The Gold Foundation is most interested in supporting health profession education projects that cultivate humanism – compassionate, collaborative and scientifically excellent care, and:

  1. Address systems-wide change, e.g. through projects that facilitate effective interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism;
  2. Are longitudinal, ideally encompassing more than one year of training;
  3. Integrate specialties and disciplines within medicine, and between healthcare professions;
  4. Are required (vs. elective);
  5. Contribute to best practices in the education of future caregivers (potential for scalability and/or replicability);
  6. Provide evidence of support by the home institution.

Typically, the Gold Foundation supports only one faculty member per project for this program. However, we have sponsored small teams of 2-3 faculty members for projects that are either:

  • cross-institutional (faculty from different institutions designing, implementing and ultimately disseminating a project collaboratively), or
  • inter-professional (faculty from several health professions, working collaboratively to design, implement and disseminate an IPE project within an institution or multiple institutions)

How to Apply

The application deadline for Gold Humanism Scholarship at the 2017 Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators has passed. Please check back in summer 2018 for information on next year’s scholarship application. 

Applications must be submitted electronically using our online grant portal here (log-in required).

Applications must include:

  • Biosketch including full contact information, academic affiliation and position, Educational and Professional Experience, Scholarly Interests, Personal Background and Interests.  For team submissions: Each team member should include his/her own bio-sketch and personal statement. (limit to 1 page per biosketch)
  • Personal essay discussing their professional values and commitment to humanism in healthcare. (limit to 2 pages )
  • Proposal, as Gold Humanism Scholar, to advance humanism (limit to 2 pages) that includes:
    • Project title and two sentence project description.
    • A definition of the project — What are you trying to accomplish? What is the aim?
    • Describe the current problem that it addresses at your institution. Who will benefit from this project?
    • A prediction or hypothesis of what changes you can make that will result in an improvement. Identify barriers to implementation and necessary resources for your project.
    • An evaluation plan to assess your project’s impact.
    • A strategy for disseminating the project and outcomes to the health professions education community.
    • A brief description of how participation in the HMI will be of particular benefit to this project and to your professional development.
    • A statement that you are able to participate fully in the course as scheduled.  For team submissions: Please state that all team members are able to participate fully.
    • For team submissions: The proposal must clearly articulate the role of each team member and institution (if team members are from more than one institution), and make a good case for a team approach to the proposed project.
  • Letter(s) of Support from applicant’s Departmental Chair attesting to applicant’s qualifications, commitment to humanism, and the institution’s support of applicant’s project. (limit to 3 letters)

The Gold Foundation will notify applicants of its decision approximately 2 weeks prior to the Harvard Macy Institute’s application deadline so that any applicant not selected as a Gold Scholar who still wishes to apply to the Harvard Macy Program for Educators  will have time to do so.

Reporting Requirements

Gold Scholars will be required to submit an interim and final report to the Gold Foundation and may be asked to present the project to the Gold Foundation Board of Trustees and/or at select Gold Foundation health professions education forums

Support from the Foundation

The Gold Foundation will provide, through a restricted grant to the applicant’s institution, a scholarship of $5,000 towards tuition at the Harvard Macy Institute’s 2018 Program for Educators. The applicant will be responsible for securing additional funds to cover remaining expenses associated with participation in the program.

It is the policy of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation that no dean’s tax, overhead or indirect expenses may be subtracted from the total grant amount by the administration of the school. All monies given by The Gold Foundation are to be used exclusively for the scholarship. Dr. Elizabeth Gaufberg, Jean and Harvey Picker Director of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute, Gold Foundation Professor and Harvard Macy