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Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

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The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, administered through the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), annually honors a medical school faculty physician (MD or DO degree) who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. The nominee must also embody personal characteristics that are desirable personal qualities necessary to the practice of patient-centered medicine. by teaching ethics, empathy, and service by example.

The goal of the award is to emphasize, reinforce, and enhance the importance of humanistic qualities among medical school students and faculty. The presence of a caring, compassionate, and collaborative learning environment serves as positive reinforcement to prospective physicians of the desirability of such qualities in the doctor-patient relationship.

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Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

Nomination and Selection Process

Each medical school will have the opportunity to nominate one physician faculty member (MD or DO degree). The nomination process will be conducted and supervised by the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) in each medical school. The OSR representative will be responsible for distributing information to students within his/her institution by announcing the nomination process and describing the selection criteria. The OSR representative will appoint an institutional selection committee composed of medical student representatives of each of the four years of medical study. Upon completion of the selection process, the Dean of Student Affairs will be required to sign off on the institution's nominee. The OSR representative will notify the nominee of the award nomination.

The award selection committee is comprised of a maximum of six OSR Administrative Board members; AAMC OSR staff advises the selection committee. The selection committee will meet during the summer to select the national award recipient.

Timeline

  • The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:59 PM PST.
  • The selection process will be completed by August 2020.
  • The award recipient will be notified at the time of selection.
  • All nominees for the award will be notified of the recipient and status prior to Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting
  • The national award recipient will be announced and honored during Learn Serve Lead 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Instructions

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.

Learn more about nomination instructions here

The Award

The recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award is honored at an awards dinner held during Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting and is invited to speak to the Organization of Student Representatives about the importance of humanism in medicine. The award recipient will receive a crystal award piece and a grant of $5,000; $1,000 will be donated to the nominating institution's OSR interest group in support of OSR-related activities.

Contact

Monique Mauge 
Constituent Engagement Manager, OSR 
Telephone: 202-862-6006 
Email: mmauge@aamc.org

Recipients of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

The goal of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award is to emphasize, reinforce, and enhance the importance of humanistic qualities among medical school students and faculty.  

Hoover Adger Jr., MD, MPH, MBA, Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine Section Chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is the 2019 recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Adger has focused his research, medical practice, and educational efforts on adolescent health and substance use disorders. In employing a patient-centered, family-first approach, Dr. Adger transforms the lives of his patients while modeling humanistic care for his students.

Learn more about previous recipients.