Humanism in Medicine Awards
Annual awards for an HMC nurse, resident, and student (the latter co-sponsored by the Association of Faculty and Friends) who demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian service.
This award is given to recognize and honor medical school faculty who demonstrate the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity in their interaction with patients. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation supports the selection of one faculty member to be honored during our Commencement celebrations.
Please use the following criteria to consider which medical school faculty member to nominate for this prestigious award:
- compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients
- role model for students and colleagues
- approachable and accessible to students
- sensitive to culture and diversity
- exemplary communication and listening skills
- respect for the patient’s perspective
- attention to the patient’s psychological well-being
- engenders trust and confidence
- reflective and humble
The Joseph and Mary Caputo Research Award is designed to support research by Penn State Hershey medical students, residents and fellows mentored by Penn State faculty or staff with expertise, focused on improving the delivery of humanistic care. Joseph V. Caputo, Sr., lived in Dover, Delaware and died from Alzheimer’s Disease in 1996 at the age of 80. Mary, his wife of forty-six years, cared for him with love, dedication, and fortitude during the ten long years of his illness. Together, they were true examples of dignity and devotion at a time of great personal and family difficulty. The effect of dementia and other chronic diseases is profound for both patients and caregivers, as well as family and friends. Compassion, effective communication, and dedication are vital for patient and care givers. With this in mind, Joe and Mary’s children – Rosemarie, Janet, Joe, Greg, and Karen – created the fund which supports this award. Click here to learn more.