Gold Library: Gold Human InSight Webinars

The Gold Human InSight Webinars are virtual sessions we have hosted with our wonderful partners in humanism. If you are interested in teaming up with the Gold Foundation on a webinar, please contact Pia Pyne Miller at

Please check our Event calendar for any upcoming Gold Human InSight Webinars that will be taped in front of a live audience.

Voices in Humanism: Art in Action During the Dual Pandemics

This webinar will feature the Voices in Humanism program, a collaboration between the Medical Heritage Center and the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. The program is designed to collect, preserve, and share art created during this time of dual pandemics: COVIC-19 and racism.

Linda C. Stone, MD, Special Assistant to the Dean for Humanism and Professionalism, OSU College of Medicine, provided an overview of the program, and seven members of the OSU community shared samples of their art, including poetry, photography, instrumental music, and more. The webinar opened and closes with recorded performances by Grammy-nominated artist and Broadway actress Maureen McGovern.

Spinning straw into gold with Dr. Steven Rosenzweig

This webinar is designed to provide greater insights around how healthcare professionals and students can tap into their moral resilience in these dual pandemics.

Dr. Steven Rosenzweig is Professor of Emergency Medicine (Hospice and Palliative Medicine) and Faculty Advisory of the Gold Humanism Honor Society at Drexel University College of Medicine. He has been engaged in teaching mindfulness and other contemplative practices to medical students,clinicians, and patients since 1996.

Dr. Rosenzweig considers how we transform our experience, or “spin straw into gold.” He shares 3 inquiries into how we can understand our experience: 1) turning empathy outside in 2) panning for gold 3) centering in compassion. He also offers a taste of 5 contemplative practices.

The Write Prescription: Telling Stories to Process the Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism

Ms. Hannan is the author of Motherhood Exaggerated (CavanKerry Press, 2012), her memoir of discovery and transformation during her daughter’s cancer treatment and her transition into survival. Her most recent book is The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Live With and Beyond Illness.

In this webinar, the author leads an interactive workshop that includes writing prompts, as well as readings from her book Motherhood Exaggerated.

The webinar also provides an overview of Ms. Hannan’s upcoming workshop series, which will bring together medical professionals to write their stories in response to carefully tailored prompts. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing, because having your stories received by loving ears can be a key part of the healing process.

2020 White Coat Ceremony keynote speech by Dr. Vivek Murthy

In this video, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General, New York Times best-selling author of Together, and the 2020 recipient of the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare shares his wisdom with incoming medical students around the importance of human connection.

In 2020, because of the COVID-10 pandemic, many medical and nursing schools shifted their White Coat Ceremonies to virtual or hybrid events. The Gold Foundation partnered with AAMC and AACN to bring virtual keynote speeches featuring healthcare leaders to medical and nursing schools.

Elder Care & Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marie Perillo, MSN, RN, CPXP is a passionate nurse in healthcare for 35 years. Most recently, she has worked in post acute care as the Chief Patient Experience Officer for the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group. This 15 minute webinar gives her perspective and insight as to how to create a more compassionate experience for residents and patients in Long Term Care or Assisted Living as they are struggling to deal with the current pandemic.

Gold Human InSight Webinar Series: The Power of Connecting to Care in a Crisis Part I & II

This Gold Human InSight Webinar was taped as two sessions with live audiences on May 27 and June 3, 2020. Part I explored the many aspects clinicians bring with them into the healthcare environment (the many “whos” that we are). Part II offered time to reflect on and explore the various aspects both healthcare providers and patients bring to the care environment, as well as ways to facilitate communication beyond diagnoses and healthcare roles. These short 20-minute webinars are designed to carve out time for reflection in your busy schedule.

The sessions featured two representatives from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Elizabeth Bojsza, Assistant Professor of Practice, and Susmita Pati, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Program Advisor, and two representatives from the Gold Foundation, Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Cleek, PsyD, and Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development, Pia Pyne Miller, MPH.

Gold Human InSight Webinar Series: Narrative Medicine & Connection Workshop During the Pandemic

Join Dr. Deepu Gowda, Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Kaiser Permanente Tyson School of Medicine and member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Narrative Medicine, and Catherine Rogers, Associate Director and Lecturer, Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, in this pre-recorded Gold Human InSight Webinar on Narrative Medicine: A Method for Meaning and Connection. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people around the world isolated while health care workers have cared for patients and families suffering great loss. In times of trauma and uncertainty, people have always turned to literature and the arts for meaning and connection. The field of narrative medicine, a branch of health humanities, may hold particular benefit in our current times. Narrative medicine engages groups with creative works and in writing for discovery to help make sense of one’s lived experiences and form community through sharing.

In this free webinar, physician Deepu Gowda and playwright Catherine Rogers welcome people at home to view and engage with a pre-recorded a narrative medicine workshop. They will describe the foundations and uses of narrative medicine and present this method that has been shown to promote well-being and team cohesion among health care professionals. By sharing resources in humanities, literature, and the arts to foster creative and reflective work, these sessions aim to nourish individuals, build teams, and reduce social isolation during COVID-19 and beyond.

Thank you to the panelists who joined our narrative medicine session: Jonathan Chou, MD; Walter Conwell, MD, MBA; Sally Huang, MD; Andre Lijoi, MD; Natalia Romano Spica, MS; Rebekah Ruppe, DNP; and Chris Travis, MD.

Gold Human InSight Webinar Series:
Why must we pay attention to the stress of COVID-19?

Join Dr. David Fryburg, President and Co-Founder of the nonprofit Envision Kindness, in this pre-recorded Gold Human Insight Webinar on why we need to pay attention to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and what to do about it. The major concern is that population level stress for health care workers and for the public will complicate many other disorders, such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and perhaps COVID-19 itself. This can worsen the health of people in general as well as increase the need for more care at an already overburdened time.

In this free webinar, which is less than 50 minutes long, physician and scientist Dr. Fryburg lays out the rationale to address stress. Most importantly, he provides practical guidance for people reduce their stress level. These recommendations are for both health care providers and the general public; providers should consider sharing this widely to help their patients. By doing so, we can reduce stress and promote wellness, something that will also be beneficial after COVID-19 is over.

Envision Kindness is a nonprofit that uses images of kindness, compassion, joy, and love to reduce stress and promote positive interpersonal connection. Dr. Fryburg has focused Envision Kindness’ efforts on using these images and other kindness-related content to stream into healthcare settings to uplift the healthcare environment for both patients and providers. This non-commercial, scientifically validated program can be seen here.

If members of the Gold Foundation Network are interested in accessing a sample reel for free to use in your hospital or practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, please reach out to Dr. Fryburg through the Envision Kindness website or

Mindful Practice: Flourishing at Work with Dr. Mick Krasner

Dr. Mick Krasner, Co-Founder of Mindful Practice and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester, provided a 1-hour introduction to Mindful Practice and an opportunity to ask questions on March 4 in this webinar. Learn more about our partnership with Mindful Practice here.

PennState Health Physicians Writers Group Webinar


The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is thrilled to have collaborated with our Gold Partners Council member PennState College of Medicine to produce this PennState Health Physician Writers Group Thought Leadership Webinar. This webinar is designed to provide insights into how PennState Health developed its successful writing group and the great value it brings to physicians in supporting their own well-being and their care of patients. Click here to learn more in an article about the group and download a PDF of Best Practices to create a similar group at your institution.