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The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society

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 recognizes 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 current chairperson of the Department of Humanities, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, is an endowed Gold Professor.

The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine was founded in 2003 by then-chair of the Department of Humanities, Dr. David Hufford. Student members are nominated by their peers at the end of their third year in medical school and inducted during Fall Convocation. Throughout their fourth year, they participate in an ongoing community service project developed by GHHS students in 2009.

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