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Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award Selection Criteria and Instructions

Nominees must have a MD or DO degree and should be actively involved in the medical student education process and have demonstrated their possession of the primary qualities and characteristics outlined below:

  • Positive mentoring skills
  • Involvement in community service
  • Compassion/sensitivity
  • Collaboration with students and patients


Each primary Organization of Student Representative (OSR) in a U.S. AAMC member medical school may nominate one candidate each year. Institutions may resubmit the name of a previously nominated candidate, although the written nomination should be rewritten and not duplicated from the previous year.

  • Nominees must be a physician (MD or DO degree) member of the school's clinical faculty either in a tenure or non-tenure track.
  • Nominees must still be on faculty at the time of the award during the 2018 AAMC Annual Meeting in the fall.
  • The institutional selection process will be coordinated and supervised by the OSR primary representative and should include an organized institutional nomination and selection process involving all medical students.
  • The Dean of Student Affairs must be made aware of the nomination prior to submission.
  • The nomination must be submitted via the online call system.
  • Please certify your OSR rep status prior to submission.
  • The OSR representative must notify the institution's nominee of the award nomination at the time of submission.
  • Please do not include nominees' curriculum vitae or resumes. These materials will NOT be considered in the selection process and will not be provided to the selection committee for consideration.
  • Please do not include letters of support; they will not be provided to the selection committee for consideration.
  • Nominations with less than two paragraphs of text per category will not be eligible. A paragraph is typically a minimum of five sentences.
  • Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:59 PM PST.
  • Nominations received after the deadline date will not be considered for the award; no exceptions.


  • Convey how students feel about the nominee.
  • Provide quotes and anecdotes (list who the quotes are from: students, peers, patients, and faculty etc.) describing the nominee’s qualities.
  • Give specific examples and accomplishments that exhibit the nominee’s humanistic characteristics.
  • Relay how all sections of the nomination form categories impact students.
  • Provide specific examples of humanism and compassion.
  • Demonstrate a 360 degree view of the nominee in varying environments.
  • Include what the nominee does outside of medicine: interests, volunteer work, hobbies, etc.
  • One author should write the entire nomination so that it reads as one voice and in the third person as a narrative. Tell a story.
  • The nomination should be written well.

Learn More about the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Award

2019 Recipient

Hoover Adger Jr., MD, MPH, MBA
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Monique Mauge
Constituent Engagement Manager, OSR
Telephone: 202-862-6006