November 2nd - 6th, 2018
Austin, Texas

The AAMC Annual Meeting: Learn Serve Lead 2018

Join The Arnold P. Gold Foundation at the 2018 AAMC Annual Meeting with medical school deans, hospital CEOs, scientists, physicians, and students, as we advance new ideas together. You will have the opportunity to communicate with leaders, while developing new skills that can be executed at your institution. Join us in Austin, Texas, this November as we learn and connect with the academic medicine community.


Friday | Nov. 2, 2018 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    

Organization of Student Representatives Plenary: Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award Recognition and Luncheon (by invitation only)

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the AAMC Annual Meeting honors caring and compassionate mentors in medical school education. This year’s honoree is Mark T. Garry, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Saturday | Nov. 3, 2018 | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Thought Leader Session
Co-sponsored by the AAMC and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Speaker: George E. Thibault, MD
Immediate Past President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, Emeritus

Topic: Humanism in Medicine: What Does it Mean and Why is it More Important than Ever?

Dr. Thibault will review the history of humanism and its meaning as it applies to medicine. He will address current issues in medicine and society and call for a renewed commitment to humanism.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, in partnership with the AAMC, sponsors the Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Thought Leader Session at the AAMC Annual Meeting. These lectures feature prominent speakers on topics related to humanism and medicine.

Sunday | Nov. 4, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

GHHS Workshop


Dorothy Levine, MD 

Director, Gold Humanism Honor Society
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation


Louisa Tvito
Assistant Director, Gold Humanism Honor Society
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Topic: GHHS: Encouraging Leadership Through Compassion, Advocacy, Scholarship, and Teamwork

Examine ways medical students can build skills to improve patient care, encourage personal resilience, and develop into the next generation of leaders. Faculty advisors, Gold Foundation staff, and medical student leaders will present and discuss projects that were designed and implemented by students for their classmates, colleagues, and communities. These projects ranged from one-day regional conferences to semester-long research projects to community service programs for increasing cultural competency and compassion, as well as projects for promoting self-care and resiliency.

Sunday | Nov. 4, 2018 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

AAMC Awards Dinner and Ceremony

Through its prestigious awards program, the AAMC honors individuals and organizations making significant contributions to improve the health of all. These awards recognize the talent and contributions made by the academic medicine community and allies in other professions to advance innovation in medical education, cutting-edge patient care, groundbreaking research, and outstanding community service.

The Arnold P. Gold congratulates Mark T. Garry, MD, recipient of the 2018 Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award and Drs. Richard L. and Sylvia R. Cruess, recipients of the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education.


2018 Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award
Mark T. Garry, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Students and patients alike know Mark T. Garry, MD, for his dedication to going the extra mile to ensure that the person in front of him is heard, respected, and well cared for.

As head of psychiatric education at the Rapid City Regional Behavioral Health Center and assistant professor at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (USDSSOM), Dr. Garry encourages learners to harness empathy as the best way to achieve their highest potential as physicians. His life and clinical lessons have staying power, and the USDSSOM Class of 2016 awarded Dr. Garry the Anton Hyden Distinguished Professor Award for being the physician who most inspires and assists medical students during the clinical years.

Previously, Dr. Garry spent nine years at the Sioux San Indian Hospital in Rapid City, providing critically needed mental health services to Native Americans. As a key member of the Suicide Prevention Committee for Rapid City and the Governor’s Task Force for State Suicide Prevention, he helped develop protocols for reducing the suicide rate among indigenous populations. He has also worked nationally to enhance access to child and adolescent psychiatry through telemedicine, for which he received the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2006.


2018 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education
Richard L. Cruess, MD
Chairman of the Board, Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare, Canada
Professor of Surgery at McGill University

Sylvia R. Cruess, MD
Professor of Medicine at McGill University

In a collaboration spanning three decades, Sylvia R. Cruess, MD, and Richard L. Cruess, MD, have singlehandedly changed medicine’s understanding of professionalism and the role of the physician in the 21st century. “To be a [medical] professional is not a right but a privilege with a long history and tradition of healing and service,” they wrote in the British Medical Journal.

And indeed, Drs. Cruess’ respective careers in medicine and medical education at McGill University have epitomized the highest ideals of professionalism. At the heart of their teachings has been that professionalism is the basis of the social contract between medicine and society, with expectations and demands on both sides. They have demonstrated that professional identity formation requires appropriate teaching and assessment for both learners and faculty, who must model the ideals of professionalism. As a result, Drs. Cruess developed associated content and assessment tools that have been used across the continuum at McGill and around the world.

Learn more about the AAMC Annual Meeting  or contact  the Learn Serve Lead team for any questions or concerns.