The Gold Foundation recognizes the internship and residency experience as an one of the most intense periods of medical education when trainees must navigate new responsibilities and increased demands on their time, as well as an opportunity to discover who they are as a physician and how they will translate what matters to them into their life’s work.

This section is intended for medical residents and fellows as well as directors, leaders, and educators of residency programs — those who work in Graduate Medical Education (GME). In this section you will find resources intended to offer support and also information on related programs offered through the Gold Foundation.

Words of Wisdom for New Residents

In this article, established physicians — all models of the Gold Foundation’s mission of humanistic healthcare — share words of wisdom for new residents.

Advice for PGY1

This is a gallery of encouraging advice shared from members across the Gold community and captured through a Golden Glimmer prompt.


in-House is an online peer-reviewed publication for residents and fellows, established in January 2015 by Aleena Paul and Ajay Major, the founders and editors-in-chief of in-Training, and Joshua Liao and Jarna Shah, the editors-in-chief of in-House. With this publication, the founders aspire to create a community of support that encourages discourse among trainees about the journey in and beyond the house officer years.

The Hippocratic Forum

The Hippocratic Forum was co-created by Gold Humanism Honor Society member John Rhee, MD to serve as a community for medical trainees and professionals interested in the topic of ideals in medicine to share their personal stories and/or reflections, and to help regain a sense of hope and renewal in the daily joys and challenges of the clinical world. Rediscovering these higher ideals is critical in order for young physicians to serve patients ethically and effectively.

Clinician Wellbeing Tools and Practical Approaches

Visit Clinician Wellbeing Tools and Practical Approaches for resources related to grief, nature healing, authenticity, burnout, resilience, ideas for how to  flourishing, and toolkits specifically designed for the well-being of nursing professionals.

ACGME Equity Matters™

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Equity Matters™ is a structured, self-paced educational experience that includes videos, modules, articles, and more, to support continuous learning and process improvement in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and antiracism practices. Login is required to access the content however it is free.

Well-Being in Graduate Medical Education: A Call for Action

Well-Being in Graduate Medical Education: A Call for Action, published in Academic Medicine, describes the collaborative effort of medical educators, academic leaders, and researchers to make recommendations at the national, hospital, program, and nonwork levels meant to inform stakeholders who have taken up the charge to address trainee well-being. This article asserts that regulatory bodies and health care systems need to be accountable for the well-being of trainees under their supervision and drive an enforceable mandate to programs under their charge.

A Roadmap for Research on Resident Well-Being

A Roadmap for Research on Resident Well-Being, published in The American Journal of Medicine, discusses gaps in the literature on interventions that address resident well-being and distress, barriers to this research, optimal selection of outcome measures, and study design considerations.

Integrating Anti-Racism Health and Disparities Training with Residency Programs

This video recording of the session from the 2021 Gold Humanism Conference addressed ways to create an educational intervention for learners focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. The panelists shared their experiences in creating such curricula, and discussed challenges and solutions.

myCovidMD™ by Shared Harvest Fund

myCovidMD™ by Shared Harvest Fund is the only organization of its kind to offer a student loan debt relief incentive program during the pandemic. The diverse volunteer network affords the ability to reach high-risk residents in an authentic, compassionate, and culturally sensitive way and rewards deserving Shared Harvest Foundation volunteers who outreach in hard to reach neighborhoods and racialized communities, support local residents and host community-based pop-up clinic block-parties. The Gold Foundation has supported this initiative through grant funding.

Art, Design and Humanities

Members of the Gold Community express themselves through writing, visual art, and other mediums. By sharing their creative pieces, they connect with peers and a network of others who can relate to the experience of being a healthcare professional or trainee. Visit our Art, Design and Humanities collection for ideas and inspiration.

Picker Gold Challenge Grants for Residency Training

The Picker Gold GME Challenge Grant Program provides 18-month grants of between $15,000 and $25,000 to support the research and development of innovative interventions designed to facilitate successful patient-centered care initiatives within the GME setting, helping physicians incorporate practices that bring patient needs and wishes into the center of all healthcare interactions. Learn more here.

Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

The Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (HETA) recognizes outstanding humanistic teaching residents as identified by their students. Third year medical students select up to six residents to receive the award based on their exceptional teaching skills and commitment to the compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues. View a list of past recipients and more information about the process here.

Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is a membership organization with more than 180 chapters in medical schools and residency programs. Nearly 45,000 medical students, residents, physicians, and other healthcare leaders have been inducted and serve as role models of the human connection in healthcare. To learn more about this program, visit the GHHS section of our website.

GHHS Activity Grants

The Gold Foundation offers grants of up to $1500 to support humanism-centered initiatives led by medical residents or fellows who are GHHS members. These are accepted on a rolling basis and the grant period will be based on the specific project’s needs. Find more information about how to apply here.

Toolkit for Creating GME Humanism Communities

[Coming soon]. Recognizing that residencies and fellowships are exceptionally challenging training periods, this short guide offers tips on how to create a community of humanism for residents and fellows that fosters support and connection with other like-minded humanists to sustain the values of humanism throughout training and nurturing well-being.

GHHS Alumni Committee

The international GHHS Alumni Committee aims to promote networking, guide Gold Foundation programming, and create spaces for GHHS members to engage meaningfully beyond medical school. This group seeks to find ways to stay connected with medical students as they graduate and transition into residency, to understand the interests of non-medical student GHHS members to develop appropriate programming, and to develop outreach for GHHS doctors in practice.

If you are interested in joining this committee, contact Louisa Tvito at

Thank a Resident Day

This annual celebration led by the Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes resident physicians and celebrate their invaluable contribution to humanistic care. Since its inception, Thank a Resident Day has expanded to hundreds of institutions around the country. Find more information here about how to participate.

The ACGME and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr. Award

This award recognizes institutions that foster a respectful, supportive environment for medical education. The award emphasizes the joint responsibility of health system and graduate medical education leadership for delivering high-quality health care while simultaneously supporting the personal and professional development of learners and faculty.