Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation recognizes graduating medical students and faculty members who are exemplars of humanism in the care of patients. Learn more about Leonard Tow.

Participating medical schools select one graduating medical student and faculty member each year. The award includes a certificate and check for up to $500. Recipients also become inducted as lifelong members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

In 2022, we updated our process and are pleased to present a brief webinar with an overview of the Tow Awards, highlights of new procedures, and how to navigate the award process. Visit Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Process, and How to Apply to view the webinar and learn more.

View a list of the 2022 recipients of the Tow Award, searchable by recipient name or institution.

Impact of the Tow Award

“These are the last awards presented before the school medallion award (indicating they are some of the most important) and the Tow Award is the only faculty award presented at the Senior awards banquet. The esteem for the award and the values behind it are well understood and highly regarded.” – Dr. Trish Sexton, ATSU – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Missouri

“It has been an honor for NEOMED to have a faculty member and graduating student receive these awards as they best demonstrate the Gold Foundation’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and health care colleagues, as well as demonstrate clinical excellence. We are so proud of all of our recipients!” – Harmony Stanger, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Rootstown, Ohio.

The Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which we define as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. Those honored with the Tow Award are expected to reflect these values in daily practice and to continuously strive to be exemplars of humanism in healthcare.