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

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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

Additional Information About the Selection Criteria


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 2020 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 3, 2020, 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.

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