The Foundation has established humanism awards for healthcare practitioners, which are awarded through specialty societies. The purpose of these awards is to identify and honor practicing professionals who best demonstrate the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s well-being.
Practicing healthcare practitioners who have been selected by his/her specialty society based on the following criteria:
- demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care
- displays competence in scientific endeavors
- shows respect for patients, families and co-workers
- demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds
- displays effective, empathetic communication and listening skills
- understands a patient’s need for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and makes an effort to ensure patient comprehension
- understands and shows respect for the patient’s viewpoint
- is sensitive to the patient’s psychological well-being and identifies emotional concerns of patients and family members
- engenders trust and confidence
How to Apply
Any national specialty society may submit a proposal to the Gold Foundation to participate in the Humanism in Healthcare Awards. It is the intention of the Gold Foundation to eventually offer these awards at every specialty society on an annual basis. If your specialty society would like to participate, please follow these instructions.
Provide a brief description of the specialty society, including:
- Number of members
- A list of current awards presented to members (please provide detail on any awards that cover themes similar to those proposed in the Gold Foundation Humanism in Healthcare Awards)
- Date of annual meeting
Describe the awards process including a time schedule that your society will use to solicit nominations, select the winner, present the award, publicize the winner and whether you intend to have the winner of this award present during the annual meeting (do not exceed 2 pages).
Provide letter of support from specialty society leadership stating intention to participate in the Gold Foundation Humanism in Healthcare Award program and to present the award at the society’s annual meeting.
Submit proposals electronically using our online application.
Honoring the Recipient
The Foundation provides grants of $1,000 to be used as a monetary award for the award recipient. The Specialty Society is expected to cover any other financial support (airfare, hotel) for the award recipient to attend his/her specialty society’s annual meeting where the award will be presented. It is our hope that all specialty societies will present The Gold Foundation Humanism in Healthcare Awards on an annual basis.
If your specialty society would like to participate in this program, please contact Ian Finisterre (email@example.com) with any questions.
2016 Recipients of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Healthcare Award presented at:
American Academy of Dermatology
Stanton K. Wesson, MD, FAAD
American Academy of Family Physicians
Patricia A. Tellez-Giron, MD
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Susan McCammon, MD
American Academy of Pediatrics
Perri E. Klass, MD, FAAP
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Cornelius O. Granai III, MD
American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists
Ashley M. Classen, DO, FAOCA
American Society of Breast Surgeons
Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, MD
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
John Morton, MD
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Selwyn Oskowitz, MD
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Jay Baruch, MD
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Adrian Park, MD
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