In 1998, Dr. Arnold P. Gold and Sandra O. Gold founded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation with a mission of perpetuating the tradition of the “caring doctor.” Currently, the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes individuals across the continuum of medical education and practice who exemplify humanism in medicine, including:
- Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine awards, which recognize one graduating medical student and one faculty member for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine
- The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards,
for residents who have demonstrated commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues.
The Gold Foundation also funds unsolicited projects, such as research, lectures, curriculum development, community outreach, cross cultural education, and the publication of literary writings related to the practice of humanistic medicine which can be self-sustained and replicated. Penn State College of Medicine received a grant to develop and evaluate a Residents’ Oath program.
Gold Professorships are also sponsored by GHHS. The previous chair of the Department of Humanities, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, is an endowed Gold Professor.
is comprised of fourth year students selected by their peers.
Facilitator: Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is dedicated to Keeping Healthcare Human
Our Vision: Healthcare will be dramatically improved by placing human interests, values and dignity at the core of teaching and practice.
Our Mission: The Gold Foundation infuses the human connection into healthcare. We engage schools, health systems, companies, and individual clinicians in the joy and meaning of humanistic healthcare, so that they have the strength and knowledge to ensure patients and families are partners in collaborative, compassionate, and scientifically excellent care.
A Community of Caring: Keeping Healthcare Human requires persistent and determined efforts dedicated to maintaining the human connection in modern medicine. Our Community of Caring is made up of like-minded individuals who support humanism in medicine, and who want a place to connect, share, and advocate for the cause.
Humanistic medical care is not simply compassion. It is the best of medicine. When skilled clinicians build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, studies reveal more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes.
2015-16 Gold Humanism Honor Society student project
Everyone has a story, but they don’t always get the chance to tell it…
As part of the Penn State’s College of Medicine Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Solidarity Day, we wanted to give patients the opportunity to tell their stories. To this end, The Gold Humanism Honor Society started the initiative: “Tell Me More.”
“Tell Me More” encourages providers to learn more about the people they treat. This allows patients to become more than just their disease. It allows them to be people. In the homeless and underserved, it is often their stories that are vital to their treatment, but you have to ask…
This project was made possible by a grant from the Gold Humanism Honor Society to Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D. and Mia Mattioli
Film created by: Jonathan Hilton and Arissa Torrie