Picker Gold Challenge Grants for Residency Training

The Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education (GME) Challenge Grant Program provides 18-month grants to support the research and development of innovative projects within the graduate medical education setting, designed to facilitate successful patient-centered care initiatives. Our goal is to help physicians incorporate practices that bring patient needs and wishes into the center of all healthcare interactions.

The Picker Gold GME Challenge Grant Program seeks proposals for specific interventions and innovations in GME programs that facilitate the development of patient-centered healthcare and humanism in medicine. The expected outcome of a grantee’s project will be a demonstration, including a robust dissemination plan, of the measurable effects and sustainability of the effort to enhance compassionate, patient-centered-care in residency education. View examples of past projects.

The Gold Foundation is specifically interested in projects that include a focus on the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.

The 2021-23 Picker Gold GME Challenge Grants Letter of Intent period is now closed.

 Who is Eligible?

Faculty members from any graduate medical education program accredited by ACGME or one of the Canadian certification colleges (CFPC or RCPSC) are eligible to apply to the Picker Gold Challenge Grant Program.

How to Apply

The process for the 2021-23 Picker Gold Challenge Grants for Residency Training is now closed.

The improvement created by a Picker Gold project should be consistent with at least one or more of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s criteria to advance humanistic care, and/or Picker Institute Principles of Patient-Centered Care. We have identified select ACGME core competencies for residency programs that best represent the inclusion of patient-centered care in residency training – there should also be alignment with at least one of these competencies.

Download (PDF doc) for the full guidelines about the Letter of Intent and full proposal, including the competencies and criteria.

Please note that any Letter of Intent or proposal that does not contain ALL of the required elements or any of the required documents will be considered incomplete.

Reporting Requirements

Interim Report

  • State original objective/goals of project
  • Describe project activities to date
  • Explain challenges/obstacles you have faced to date, and plan for overcoming challenges
  • Outline plan for next reporting period
  • Provide analysis, evaluation tools and early results
  • Provide original budget vs. actual to date
  • Explain item variances over 5%, and/or overall project variance greater than 5%

Final Report

  • State original objective/goals of project
  • Describe project activities and accomplishments to date, include evaluation techniques and tools, results and conclusions
  • Were the objectives and goals met? Please explain
  • Identify the impact of this project including numbers for participants and beneficiaries and any publications
  • Was your project promoted at your institution? Please describe how and to what audience.
  • Are there plans to continue the project? Can/should a similar project be replicated at your institution or elsewhere? How will this happen?
  • Attach copies of printed materials, surveys, PowerPoint presentations, photographs, fliers or other materials created for project
  • Include a 250-word (approximate) summary of the project and its accomplishments, along with contact name and email for inclusion on our website
  • Provide original budget vs. actual budget, including the institution’s match
  • Explain item variances over 5%, and/or overall project variance greater than 5%

2021-2023 Picker Gold Challenge Grants for Residency Training

NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Jessica Vernon, MD and Olivia Myrick, MD, MHPE
Improving Maternal and Child Outcomes through Quality Perinatal Mental Healthcare

Johns Hopkins
Marquita Genies, MD, MPH
Understanding the Family’s Perspective: Development of a Culturally Competent Curriculum to Increase the Acceptability of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Stanford University
Elizabeth Blecharczyk, MD
Innovative Neonatal Health Disparities Curriculum for Pediatric Residents Informed by Qualitative Research and Community Engagement

Read our announcement to learn more about their projects.


The Gold Foundation partnered with the Picker Institute in 2008 to create this program because both organizations recognized the critical importance of bringing the patient voice into residency training. It is in the hospital setting where doctors truly learn how to practice their profession.

The Picker Institute fostered a broader understanding of the concerns of patients and other healthcare consumers, and promoted the theoretical and practical changes needed to facilitate a more patient-centered approach. The Institute, which sponsored related research and education, ceased operations on Dec 31, 2012, and transitioned the Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grant Program into The Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s care.

Harvey Picker’s description of the fundamentals of patient-centered care — “understanding patients’ values, preferences and expressed needs” — will remain touchstones as The Arnold P. Gold Foundation continues to sponsor challenge grants at teaching hospitals across the country.