In this section you will find programs and resources available for students in the health professions.
in-Training is an online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, founded in April 2012 by Aleena Paul and Ajay Major, medical students at Albany Medical College, that aims to serve as the agora of the medical student community, a collaborative center for discourse and the free expression of our voices.
The Short Coat Podcast
Each episode of The Short Coat podcast features a conversation among medical students who offer honest perspectives and guidance to the intense world of medical school.
How med students avoid burnout
This article describes a discussion held to capture the perspectives of medical students about the state of physician burnout and shares ideas of what they can do to prevent it during training. Links to related articles are shared at the end.
Wellbeing Tools and Practical Approaches
Visit Clinician Wellbeing Tools and Practical Approaches for resources and toolkits related to grief, nature healing, authenticity, and ideas for flourishing as a healthcare professional.
Docs With Disabilities Initiative
The Docs with Disabilities Initiative uses research, education, and sharing of stories to drive change in perceptions, disability policy, and procedures in health professions, biomedical and science education. Their aim is to build more inclusive educational environments for trainees with disabilities and increase representation of disabled clinicians and scientists in the biomedical workforce. The website offers research articles, live and recorded webinars, podcasts, and more resources.
Gold Student Summer Fellowship
The Gold Student Summer Fellowship is an annual program that offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health.
The grant award includes a stipend for a single project of up to $4,000 for a 10-week period. The Foundation typically accepts applications during January through March each year.
Find examples of past projects here, or to find more details on a project, visit the Practical Applications Database and sort by the Gold Support column on the right, then click on “view” to see each project profile.
Check out this series of podcast episodes featuring interviews with 2022 Gold Student Summer Fellows (episodes 9 through 12).
Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest
The annual Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest offers medical and nursing students an opportunity to engage in a reflective writing exercise that illustrates an experience where they or a team member worked to ensure that humanism was at the core of care.
First-, second-, and third-place essay winners receive a monetary award of up to $1,000 and their essays are published in Academic Medicine and The Journal of Professional Nursing. The Essay contest is typically held in the spring, with submissions being accepted during February through March.
Read winning student essays here and listen to this series of podcast episodes featuring winners of the 2022 contest reading their essay, followed by an interview about the writing process (episodes 13 through 15).
Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)
The Gold Humanism Honor Society 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 including how to start a chapter and about the induction process, visit the GHHS section of our website.
GHHS Chapter Activities and Grants
As exemplars of humanism in medicine, GHHS Chapter members are expected to lead and implement service activities on campus and in their communities. Examples of inspirational projects carried out by GHHS student members can be found in the Chapter Leadership School (you’ll need to request access using the form at the bottom of the page).
The Gold Foundation offers grants of up to $1500 to support such humanism-centered initiatives. 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.
White Coat Ceremony Toolkit
Visit the White Coat Ceremony Toolkit to access materials that support your school in carrying out this important ritual that welcomes students to healthcare practice and elevates the value of humanism as the core of healthcare.. The toolkit includes downloadable templates, tips on logistics, ceremony ideas, and more.