Mission: The Arnold P. Gold Foundation ''s mission is to perpetuate the tradition of the caring doctor by emphasizing the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient.
Our objective is to help physicians-in-training unite the old and the new, becoming doctors who combine the high tech skills of cutting edge medical science and technology with the high touch skills of communication, empathy, respect and compassion. The Gold Foundation carries out its work primarily in medical schools and teaching hospitals, supporting programs that help to Set Expectations, Provide Experiences and Opportunities for Perspective Taking, and Promote Role Models and Mentors.
Programs: The Foundation's medical education programs are designed to influence the way a physician is trained - from the very first day of medical school through residency and beyond. Programs currently designed and supported by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation include the following:
* Transitional Rituals in medical education, including The White Coat Ceremony for entering students and The Student Clinician's Ceremony for rising third year students* Summer fellowships for service and research in community health issues.* Student Initiated Programs. Guest speakers, lectures, panels* Faculty Initiated Programs. Ethics discussions, field trips, guest speakers*Awards for outstanding patient care, such as The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards and The Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award* Home Visit Programs for pediatric, internal medicine and geriaatric residents* Commencement Awards for outstanding practitioners and humanistic role models* National Symposia* Academic Medicine Humanism Series* Training VideosResearch
* Studies on student attitudes about humanism in medicine* Humanism Resource Center
I would like to share my experience with this impactful organization to introduce others to the power of adding a human touch to today's medical world. As a donor, I seek out charities where you can see the value in your donation. This organization has a goal to promote humanism in medicine from as early on as the initiation into medicine throughout a person's career. I have found as a donor that they offer a unique experience with their GOLD DOC program. This organization affords you the opportunity to recognize a special doctor that has made a true impact within your life by recognizing them for a prestigious GOLD DOC award. I recently nominated my doctor for an award after the personal care and attention i received throughout my pregnancy that made such a difference to both my husband and I. The process was simple, I went through their website and filled out some pertinent information and then wrote a brief paragraph or two on why I thought my doctor should be nominated. In a quick turnaround of a few weeks I found out my doctor had received the letter I wrote about her as well as a certificate for her office and a pin to wear on her white coat around the office. It was the meaning behind this award that made such an impact to both her and myself. I am proud to say I am an on-going supporter of this wonderful foundation.
As a follow-up I have also accessed their website to see if other doctors I may potentially visit are listed on there before making an appointment. I want doctors that are not only knowledgeable but actually show care and compassion about myself and my concerns. Thank you to the foundation for sharing your list!