November 8th - 12th, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

The AAMC Annual Meeting: Learn Serve Lead 2019

Join the Gold Foundation at the 2019 AAMC Annual Meeting with medical school deans, hospital CEOs, scientists, physicians, and students, as we learn, serve and lead together. Each year, the Gold Foundation hosts several major sessions, including the Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Lecture at the AAMC, this year given by Dr. Rana Awdish, as well as a special reception that convenes the Gold community from around the country. This year’s reception is co-hosted by the Vilcek Foundation and will honor our inaugural Vilcek-Gold Humanism in Healthcare recipient, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, as well as Dr. Awdish. RSVP to the reception here.

Please tag us on Twitter @GoldFdtn before and during the meeting. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 AAMC Annual Meeting!

Friday | Nov. 8, 2019 | 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)
Location: Sheraton – Phoenix Ballroom DE

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 recipient is Hoover Adger Jr., MD, MPH, MBA, Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine Section Chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read more about Dr. Adger.

Saturday | Nov. 9, 2019 | 3:00 – 4:15 PM   
Voices of Medicine and Society Lecture Series
“What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City”
Location: Convention Center West – 301 AB

MSU's Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, or “Dr. Mona,” as she is widely known, is a whistleblower of the Flint water crisis. A pediatrician and associate professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, she is an immigrant who was born in the United Kingdom to parents of Iraqi descent. In 1980, after the rise of Saddam Hussein’s regime, Dr. Mona’s family immigrated to the United States and settled in Michigan, where she later dedicated her career to serving children and advocating for public health.

After Flint’s water supply was switched to a new source in 2014, Dr. Mona’s research uncovered an increase in the percentage of elevated blood lead levels in her pediatric patients. Despite denials from state officials, Dr. Mona’s persistent advocacy, along with that of a growing team, forced the state to acknowledge the manmade crisis, switch the water supply back to the Great Lakes, and commit to long-term public health measures to mitigate the effects of the crisis. Dr. Mona currently directs the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative.

In this talk, Dr. Mona will share her commitment to humanism and discuss stories from her memoir, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, a 2018 New York Times Notable Book. She will also be presented with the 2019 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare by Dr. Jan. T. Vilcek, CEO and Chairman of the Vilcek Foundation, and Dr. Richard I. Levin, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The new award honors an immigrant professional who has made extraordinary contributions to humanism in healthcare. Read more about Dr. Hanna-Attisha in this profile.

Award presented by:
Richard I. Levin, David J. Skorton
Mona Hanna-Attisha

Saturday| Nov. 9, 2019 | 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Book signing
Dr. Hanna-Attisha will sign copies of her book, What the Eyes Don’t See.

Saturday| Nov. 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Vilcek Foundation and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award Reception
Location: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel – Salon 2

Please join us in celebrating the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare, recognizing an immigrant professional who has demonstrated extraordinary humanism in healthcare. Special guests include recipient Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha for her work with the Flint water crisis; Dr. Rana Awdish, 2019 AAMC-Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine speaker; and Dr. Richard Levin, President and CEO, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

RSVP for the Vilcek Gold Reception.
Appreciated but not required.

Sunday | Nov. 10, 2019 | 10:30 – 11:45 AM

Gold Humanism Honor Society Workshop: Advancing the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education
Location: Convention Center West – 301C

There is growing recognition of the power of arts- and humanities-based pedagogies to foster the development of important clinical skills and to cultivate humanistic attitudes and practices. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has supported educational innovations and research in this domain. This interactive session is offered in collaboration with the AAMC strategic initiative to integrate the arts and humanities across the continuum of medical education.

We will provide a brief overview of the AAMC strategic initiative and present one or more research-based conceptual frameworks to guide our exploration of uses of the arts and humanities in medical education. Our purpose is to gather diverse stakeholders in the fields of medical education and the arts and humanities to discuss key questions, tensions, challenges, and opportunities. We hope to build relationships across disciplinary, conceptual, and geographic divides. This session will be highly interactive. It is a working meeting designed to advance thinking and collaboration in the field.

Specific topics for discussion will emerge from the initial stages of a scoping review of the literature, commissioned by the AAMC and from the deliberations of the AAMC Arts and Humanities Integration Committee. Questions posed may be conceptual in nature (e.g., How should the arts be integrated with other aspects of the med-ed curriculum?), pedagogical (e.g., What educational strategies are most useful in engaging learners with humanities?), or outcomes-based (e.g., What specific learning outcomes do we seek by integrating medicine and the arts and humanities?). We may touch upon opportunities for medical educators and institutions to partner with artists, humanities scholars, and their home institutions. We will discuss ways to encourage professional development, research, and evaluation methods in this arena. A summary of session proceedings will be made available through the AAMC and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation websites.

Elizabeth Gaufberg
Rita Charon, Paul Haidet, Lisa Howley, Tracy Moniz, Alison Whelan

Sunday | Nov. 10, 2019 | 1:15 – 2:30 PM

Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Lecture
“The Wound is the Gift”
Location: Convention Center West – 301C

Dr. Rana Awdish intimates lessons learned from surviving critical illness. She focuses on the illuminating power of moments that shatter our bodies and allow us access to truths. “The Wound is the Gift” is an inspiring talk about how confronting our own mortality and rebuilding ourselves as patients and physicians — through humanism, the arts, and literature — can help us to find meaning and peace. Ultimately, our dependence on each other and our interconnectedness are beautiful.



This session is presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the AAMC.

Richard I. Levin
Rana Awdish