2024 Gold Humanism Summit Theme Descriptions


The 2024 Gold Humanism Summit will convene our many community members and engage new partners to explore best practices and strategies to fuel change and inspire action. The 2024 Gold Humanism Summit: The Person in Front of You will take place February 29–March 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

This interprofessional, international event will be focused on igniting humanism to create the tangible changes necessary to heal the heart of healthcare.

This summit will create space for solution-oriented conversation targeting many of the challenges impacting the state of healthcare today. Projects, posters, sessions, workshops and art submissions will focus on several themes, or a combination of themes including, but not limited to the below.

Humanism in action Practical applications of a humanistic approach to patient care in healthcare settings, which we define as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent. Includes best practice and innovative work that involves community engagement, advocating for systemic or legal reform, public and private partnership, and directly impacts the way that patient care is delivered.

Humanities – Projects will demonstrate the value of humanities in healthcare education and practice, including fostering personal reflection, perspective taking, empathy, and an understanding of the lived experience of clinicians, patients, and their caregivers.

Communication and connection in today’s healthcare climate – Projects will capture a variety of human interactions in the healthcare setting, including patient and clinician, healthcare worker and the institutions they serve, community engagement, and peer-to-peer connection.

Technology – As technology evolves to take on increasingly more complex tasks within the healthcare setting (artificial intelligence, telemedicine, the Electronic Medical Record), placing humanism at the center of patient interactions is imperative. Projects will focus on practical ways to interact with technology that enhances, rather than detracts from, the clinician-patient relationship.

A global approach to well-being – Projects will explore innovative ways clinicians, healthcare workers, and students as individuals and the institutions in which they work can promote and sustain wellbeing.

Building and re-building trust Trust is a central and necessary component to good health care. Projects will explore themes of trust, mistrust, distrust and misinformation and practical approaches to (re)building trust systemically within communities, healthcare settings and in the healthcare system at large.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism – Identifying and addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism as they relate to the delivery of healthcare and the healthcare professional setting is critically necessary as our society works to dismantle entrenched structural racism. Projects will highlight practical approaches.

Mentorship – Projects will highlight programs that foster the sharing of knowledge and experience in the healthcare professional or education setting, including but not limited to group, one-to-one, peer, reverse mentoring, and pipeline development programs.