2023 GHHS Well-being Workshop Series


Please join us all year long at these special free workshops hosted by the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Each one is designed to nurture your well-being and provide support.

Figure Drawing for Healthcare ProfessionalsSex and Stress: A Sexual Wellness WorkshopThe Waiting Room: Using Indian Classical Dance to Explore Dramatic Role-Playing as a Teaching Tool for Cognitive Flexibility
Eat Well to Test WellConnecting with and prescribing healing natureGrief Over Patient Loss: a collective debriefing through poetry and prose

Figure Drawing for Healthcare Professionals

Six sessions; you are welcome to attend one or multiple sessions. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required for each session separately.

In-person: UC Davis Medical Center North Addition Room 1115

Jesse Koskey

Workshop host: Jesse Koskey, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UC Davis, where he sees outpatients and works with medical students and residents. He was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society as a student at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; he attended residency at New York University. For 10 years prior to medical school, he was a painter and sculptor as well as a drawing teacher. His works have been shown in the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and other galleries in New York and New Jersey. His medical illustrations have been published in both surgical and art books.


Tuesday, February 28 (6:00-7:30 p.m. PT) | Registration closed

Friday, March 17 (5:30-7:00 p.m. PT) | Registration closed

Thursday, March 30 (6:00-7:30 p.m. PT) | Registration closed

Monday, April 10 (5:00-6:30 p.m. PT) | Registration closed

Thursday, April 27 (6:00-7:30 p.m. PT) | Registration closed

Monday, May 8 (6:00-7:30 p.m. PT) | Registration closed


Sex and Stress: A Sexual Wellness Workshop

Date: Wednesday, March 22 (7:00-8:15 p.m. ET)

Virtual: Zoom link will be provided to registrants; hosted by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Registration closed

Whether it’s during sex with yourself or with partners, stress can get in the way! Come learn the health benefits of pleasure and leave knowing your “brakes” and strategies for self-care and optimizing your sexual contexts.

As healthcare professionals, we experience stresses in our day to day lives that can have far-reaching effects throughout our time at home and particularly our time in bed with ourselves or our partners. This workshop provides a science-grounded framework for understanding how stress can impact our sexual contexts – and allows space for each participant to reflect on their own experiences and strategize for improvement.

Workshop host: Brianna Mussman is a fourth-year MD/MPH student at the University of Miami who is passionate about providing reproductive healthcare education and to young adults and professionals of all ages. She has over eight years of experience in the field in clinical, workshop, and counseling settings, and was formerly the Manager of Operations and Health Education for the Curtis High School-Based Health Center with Children’s Aid NYC. She most recently led a Sexual Wellness workshop series at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for their medical students. She is always happy to talk about LGBT+ inclusive care and education, integrating sexuality into health care, and working on our relationships with our bodies and society.


The Waiting Room: Using Indian Classical Dance to Explore Dramatic Role-Playing as a Teaching Tool for Cognitive Flexibility

Date: Sunday, April 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET

In-person: University of North Carolina | Registration closed

Shilpa Darivemula, in partnership with the Aseemkala initiative, utilizes Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam — a traditional Indian dance and its nine-dramatized emotions, hand gestures, and footwork — to innovatively introduce cognitive flexibility in clinical training. This workshop provides an immersive experience for all clinical staff and staff-in-training to understand their patients and themselves through telling stories with their bodies.

Workshop host: Shilpa Darivemula, MD, MS is a General Research Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina and Creative Director of the Aseemkala Initiative. Shilpa began training in Kuchipudi at the age of 8 at the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance and performed her solo debut recital—her Rangapravesham—in 2011 at the Kalanidhi Dance school. Shilpa served as AMWA National Artist-in-Residence in 2016, studied traditional dance as women’s medicine as a Thomas Watson Fellow in 2013, and studied art as a vehicle to teach cervical cancer as a ASTMH Kean Fellow in 2018. Her articles have been published in the AMA Journal of Ethics, Empiric Bioethics, BMJ Blogs, and in-House. She continues to perform medical narratives, conduct research, run workshops exploring cultural humility and justice in healthcare through her work with the Aseemkala Initiative.


Eat Well to Test Well

Date: Thursday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. ET

In-person: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (St. Francis Room) | Registration closed

The Eat Well to Test Well workshop was developed to help improve diet quality and nutrition knowledge through a gamified cooking-based workshop, leading to improved academic success and other health behaviors within students studying in the fields of health sciences. This workshop is designed to mimic your favorite cooking show, ideally with five groups of three; each group working together to create delicious, healthy, and accessible recipes.

Workshop host: Kayla Parsons is a registered dietitian nutritionist and second year PhD student at the University of Maine. Parsons has received her Master of Science degree in food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine. Her research interests include health-related quality of life within college students, mindful eating, body appreciation and developing evidence-based wellness interventions for college students. Parsons works as a graduate research assistant under the HRSA funded WellNurse Project, as well as a research assistant for University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She has interests in the role of policy in health behavior change, and acts as the Public Policy Coordinator for Maine’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In her spare time, you can find her camping, mountain biking and exploring the state of Maine.

In case you missed it, watch our video recording here.


Connecting with and prescribing healing nature

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET

Hybrid: Limited to 15 people in person at University of Florida; also on Zoom.
Registration closed

This workshop provides a means for healthcare professionals and students to develop their own healing nature practice, as well as learn ways to facilitate patients finding their healing nature practices. The process of prescribing to nature will include working with patients and guiding them to identify the type of nature and nature contact they find soothing. The workshop will outline and describe ways to hold these conversations.  It also will help healthcare professionals develop an understanding of the experiences and history: social, cultural, ethnic, economic, geographic, and individual, that can influence how individuals move in nature.

Workshop hosts: Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Kimeta Grant, Aaron Colverstion, Anjalika Chalamgari, Akanksha Dave, Annika Liu


Grief Over Patient Loss: a collective debriefing through poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET

Virtual: Zoom link will be provided to registrants; co-hosted by Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health. Register here

Healthcare workers are rarely taught about the reality of grief over patient loss, how to cope with such grief, or the importance of debrief sessions after patient losses and/or adverse events. In this session, we will discuss the topic of grief, including best practices and recommendations from the literature and review different types and models of grief. The majority of the session will be a collective, poetry-writing, process group involving questions about the personal grief experience; through anonymous answers, we will, together in real time, craft a poem about our collective experience. This session may trigger uncomfortable memories or feelings regarding death and grief; mental health resources will be provided at the end of session.

Workshop host: Amira Athanasios, MD, is a psychiatry resident with Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Having worked the COVID floors as an intern, she has particular interest in professional grief over patient loss. As a graduate of the George Washington University Medical Center, where she was nominated into the Gold Humanism Honor Society by her peers, and Scripps College, she is passionate about the intersections of mental health, humanism in medicine, and advocacy.




These workshops are all free and open to all healthcare professionals and students. Questions? Please reach out to Louisa Tvito at ltvito@gold-foundation.org.