Gold Library: Gold Human InSight Webinars

The Gold Foundation created Gold Human InSight Webinars to bring inspirational live and pre-recorded virtual webinars to healthcare professionals and learners. The Gold Human InSight Webinars feature Gold Ambassadors and leaders from our Gold Circle Network of Speakers, often in close collaboration with our institutional and organizational partners. The theme of the 2020-2021 Gold Human InSight Webinar series is “Care, Compassion, & Collaboration during the Dual Pandemic.” If you are interested in collaborating with the Gold Foundation on a webinar, please contact Host Pia Pyne Miller, MPH, Senior Director for Strategy and Business Development, at

Please check our Event calendar for upcoming Gold programs and events, including Gold Human InSight Webinars that will be taped or shown in front of a live audience.

“Breaking Down Barriers Brick by Brick: Addressing Vaccine Deliberations,” supported by Siemens Healthineers

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is proud to release this Gold Human InSight Webinar, “Breaking Barriers Brick by Brick: Addressing Vaccine Deliberations,” supported by Siemens Healthineers, a member of the Gold Corporate Council.

The panel featured:

  • Dr. Kimberly Manning |  Associate Professor of Medicine as well as the Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Valeria Cantos | Grady Hospital
  • Barbara Humpton | President and CEO of Siemens Corp.

In this webinar, Drs. Manning and Cantos discuss how they work to overcome barriers in marginalized communities by listening to their patients, finding out what they are facing, and learning what they need.

Read more about the webinarin this article.

“Blueprint for Social Factors that Impact Health” webinar, supported by BD

In celebration of National Health Center Week, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is delighted to release this new Gold Human InSight Webinar, sponsored by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), “Blueprint for Social Factors that Impact Health: Lessons from Community Health Centers.”

The panel features:

  • Dr. Kemi Alli, MD | CEO of Henry J. Austin Health Center
  • Dr. Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC | COO of Good Samaritan Health Center
  • Michael Taylor, BS | CEO of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center
  • Thomas Tighe, JD | CEO of Direct Relief
  • Ben Rodriguez, MBA | CFAO of Gold Foundation

Read more about the webinar in this article.

Gold Human InSight Webinar | Lessons on Humor & Resilience with Alan Alda & Dr. Jillian Horton

We are delighted to share a very special Gold Human InSight Webinar featuring Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda and bestselling author Dr. Jillian Horton in a thought-provoking conversation.

Both leaders have been great advocates of humanism in healthcare. Dr. Jillian Horton is the author of We Are All Perfectly Fine, a bestselling memoir about one physician’s path through burnout to well-being, in large part through her work with Mindful Practice, an organization that collaborates with the Gold Foundation. A Canadian, she is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious  Humanism in Healthcare Award. Dr. Horton has written powerfully about how Alan Alda’s character in the TV series M*A*S*H has influenced her path as a physician.

Alan Alda is an American actor, comedian and author and six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner. He has a deep interest in science and served as a long-time host of Scientific American Frontiers. He founded Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which has been featured in several Gold Human InSight Webinars. In 2018, Alan Alda was awarded the Gold Foundation’s National Humanism in Medicine Medal.

This conversation was also featured on Alan Alda’s podcast “Clear & Vivid.” Listen here.

Gold Human Insight Webinar | Building Resilience Through Meaningful Recognition

In the current environment of a global pandemic and national social unrest, resilience is needed to face the challenges of daily life. In this Gold Human InSight Webinar fireside chat, Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Cynthia Sweeney of The DAISY Foundation examine the issues nurses face on the front line of care, as witnesses to a dynamic and often chaotic environment for practice. They explore how various dimensions of resilience can be resources to meet the challenges of their everyday practice and how meaningful recognition of extraordinary compassionate care delivered in this environment fuels and leverages resilience. They discuss the preparedness of the nursing profession and what needs to be done to foster resiliency in our future nurses. These and other points are examined to provide a way forward for individuals, for the nursing profession, and for healthcare organizations that rely on them to “show up” in a caring environment.

Gold Human Insight Webinar | Clinical Improv: Cross-Training Your Communication Muscles

This Gold Human Insight Webinar focuses on improvisational theater skills, which have a surprising and substantial overlap with skills required of clinicians.

The webinar features Elizabeth Bojsza, Assistant Professor of Practice, and Susmita Pati, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Program Advisor, of Alda Center for Communicating Science and Howard Silverman MD MS. Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Family & Community Medicine, and Bioethics & Medical Humanism, The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Silverman is also a former Gold Trustee and the immediate past chair of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Advisory Council. They are joined in improv exercises by Ann Staudinger Knoll & Briana Corkill, second-year medical students at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in Phoenix.

Improv is a genre of performance art grounded in principles of spontaneity, adaptability, collaboration, and skilled listening. Clinical Improv is an emerging field being developed and studied in which improv principles and training techniques are used to improve cognition, communication, and teamwork in the field of medicine.

Learning Objectives

    1. Define clinical improv and review evidence underlying the use of clinical improv training to enhance humanistic team and clinical communication skills while meeting new challenges and opportunities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. Review how clinical improv training can be utilized in clinical training programs.
    3. Describe learner experiences and learnings from clinical improv training.
    4. Demonstrate the application of clinical improv training.


Gold Human InSight Webinar: Why Doctors Write

A preview of the new documentary with a special panel discussion featuring the director and two physician-writers

This Gold Human InSight Webinar spotlights the new documentary Why Doctors Write, followed by a special panel discussion with film producer/director Ken Browne and two cast members, physician-writer Dr. Danielle Ofri and narrative medicine pioneer Dr. Rita Charon.

Dr. Rita Charon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Executive Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine. Dr. Danielle Ofri is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bellevue Literary Review, Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, Internist at Bellevue Hospital, frequent contributor to The New York Times, and author of numerous books, the latest of which is When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error.

The Gold Foundation has supported Why Doctors Write since it was simply an idea back in 2016, seeding the concept with a grant. A preview of the film was screened at the Gold Humanism Summit in 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The Gold Foundation was delighted to host the first virtual worldwide premiere of the completed, 35-minute documentary, on Oct. 15, 2020.

This recording includes the trailer, not the full-length documentary. If your institution would like to screen the full-length film, please contact Pia Pyne Miller, MPH, Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, at

Flourishing in an Era of Uncertainty with Dr. Ron Epstein

2020 has been an incredibly difficult, unsettling, and tragic year. In this Gold Human InSight Webinar, Dr. Ron Epstein, co-founder of Mindful Practice and professor at University of Rochester, shares how to be present and robust in times of fear. With both practical techniques and deep insights, Dr. Epstein focuses on turning toward dissonance rather than ignoring or surpressing. By being attentive and practicing being in each moment fully, you can flourish even in this era of uncertainty. This webinar was taped live on Oct. 1, 2020, and is now available as a recording.

Voices in Humanism: Art in Action During the Dual Pandemics

This webinar features 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, provides an overview of the program, and seven members of the OSU community share samples of their art, including poetry, photography, instrumental music, and more. The webinar opens 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.