Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together

Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together (MTL) is an initiative of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute. Our community of practice engages in research and advocacy to advance humanism in healthcare. We aim to:

  • promote widespread understanding of the state of research on humanism in healthcare;
  • catalyze further research in this area; and
  • promote the integration of humanistic principles into health professions education, clinical learning environments, accreditation standards and healthcare policy.

Literature Review Grants

A rigorous review of the literature is foundational to any effort to advance practice, theory, or research in a given field of inquiry. Annually in June, an RFP is issued soliciting proposals for rigorous reviews on topics related to humanism in healthcare. Acceptances are issued by August and teams receive a $5,000 grant to complete a submission-ready manuscript within 18 months. Grantees have commented that this external funding provided an impetus for researchers and in turn, their institutions, to prioritize humanism-focused projects.

Advocacy and Discovery Grants

This grant option is available to individuals who have previously been awarded a Mapping the Landscape literature review grant. Advocacy Grants support projects where a team uses information or evidence derived from their literature review to advocate for change. Discovery Grants support studies designed to fill a research gap identified in their literature review. Grantees have told us that this funding provides a viable way to move research into practice-based projects.

Annual Symposium

Each year in May we hold a symposium for Mapping the Landscape teams. See past program books

Published Papers

Sixty-nine percent of teams from our first Mapping the Landscape cohort have published their papers in peer-reviewed journals. Teams from our second cohort are beginning to publish their work as well. See publication list