Request for Applications: Gold Humanism Scholars at the 2017 Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators

Deadline for Applications to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation – August 8, 2016

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is sponsoring partial scholarships of $5,000 for up to eight Gold Humanism Scholars at the Harvard Macy Institute 2017 Program for Educators (tuition is $5,900, travel/lodging is additional).  We seek to support health profession educators working to develop and enhance educational projects focused on achieving humanistic patient care that can be replicated across a variety of healthcare delivery settings.

The Gold Foundation aims to restore a more effective balance between the cutting edge science of medicine and the delivery of compassionate, patient-centered care. The Foundation defines the attributes of a humanistic caregiver as one who demonstrates respect for a patient’s concerns and provides compassionate care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being.


Faculty from an accredited school of medicine, nursing and other allied health professions in the US and Canada. Not open to trainees. Gold Humanism Scholars should be recognized at their institution for their commitment to humanistic health professions education. Preference will be given to candidates who embody the qualities of a humanistic educator, mentor and role model, including:

  • Central role in physician and/or allied health professions education in home institution;
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering humanism, empathy, compassion, and the highest standards of professionalism; and
  • Promise/potential as a leader in health professions education.

The Gold Foundation is most interested in supporting health profession education projects that:

  1. Cultivate humanism, 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 to be replicated);
  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 are willing to sponsor teams comprised 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

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm on August 8, 2016 using our online grant portal here (log-in required).

The Gold Foundation will notify applicants of its decision approximately 2 weeks prior to the Harvard Macy Institute’s application deadline of September 27th 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.

Please direct all inquiries to Ann Bruder, Special Projects, at or 201-567-7999 Extension 170

Your application 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 medicine (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.
    • A plan for evaluation — How will you evaluate whether your project has created an improvement?
    • 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)

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.

Gold Foundation Support

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 2017 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, Director of the Gold Foundation Research Institute, Gold Foundation Professor and Harvard Macy Faculty member and Dr. Meg Chisolm, former Gold Humanism Scholar will serve as mentors to the Gold Scholars.