To participate in the Tow Awards, the Gold Foundation requires approved schools to complete the Award Agreement Form in lieu of signing an annual grant agreement. The award agreement is in full force and effect for 3 years, subject to available funding. The agreement must be completed and signed by a dean of students or other authorized official on behalf of the School.
Nomination and Selection
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.
Award recipients are selected by schools participating in the Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, a program of the Gold Foundation.
The Gold Foundation provides each awardee an award certificate and a check once notified of their selection by the school; each certificate is signed by the school’s dean.
While each school implements a unique nomination and selection process, it must adhere to the Tow Procedures & Criteria and must be equitable; draw from a diverse and inclusive pool of eligible students from the entire graduating class; establish a clear understanding of each nominee’s characteristics; and must incorporate explicit criteria for compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent behavior as teachers and role models, following those listed in the Procedures & Criteria.
- Self-nominations are not permitted.
- Faculty members must not have been selected for a Tow award in the last 5 years.
Schools submit the Interim Report Form to provide information about the award recipients, including a brief bio that outlines their humanistic qualities and a current headshot. Upon receipt of the complete information, the Foundation will prepare and mail the award packet including checks and certificates. Checks are made out directly to the awardees. To request an exception and have the check made out to your institution and distributed to your awardees on our behalf, please contact Michelle Sloane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and the Tow Award
For a school that has a GHHS chapter, it is likely that the student Tow awardee will be a member of GHHS, since the Tow Award recognizes exemplars of humanism in medicine. However, a fair and equitable nomination and selection process should draw from the entire body of graduating medical students, regardless of GHHS membership.
Faculty awardees should be available to support local GHHS chapter activities.