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The Humanism in Medicine Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges

The Humanism in Medicine Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges

 The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award annually honors a medical school faculty physician (MD or DO degree) who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. The nominee must also demonstrate personal ethics, empathy and service which are essential  to the practice of patient-centered medicine. The award is administered through the Organization of Student Representatives.

2013 Recipient

Lee Todd Miller, M.D.
Co-Director, Global Health Education Program
Vice Chair for Education Department of Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


2012 Recipient

Chin-To Fong, M.D.
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Chief, Division of Pediatric Genetics
Director, Cancer Genetics Clinic


2011 Recipient

Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA
Vice President, Chief of Surgery, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Vice-Dean, Medical Education - Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC


2010 Recipient


George R. Buchanan, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


2009 Recipient

Jonathan Woodson, M.D.
Associate Dean for Students, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs
Associate Professor of Surgery
Boston University School of Medicine


The Award

The recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award is honored at an awards dinner held during the Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting and is invited to speak to the Organization of Student Representatives about the importance of humanism in medicine. The award recipient will receive a grant of $5,000, and $1,000 will be donated to the nominating institution's OSR interest group in support of OSR-related activities.

The Nomination and Selection Process

Each medical school is invited to nominate one physician faculty member (MD or DO degree). The nomination process is conducted and supervised by the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) in each medical school. The OSR representative is responsible for distributing information to students within his/her institution by announcing the nomination process and describing the selection criteria. The OSR representative appoints an institutional selection committee composed of medical student representatives from each of the four years of medical study. Upon completion of the selection process, the Dean of Student Affairs signs off on the institution's nominee. The OSR representative notifies the nominee of the award nomination.
The award selection committee is comprised of a maximum of six OSR Administrative Board members. The Association of American Medical Colleges staff serve as advisors to the selection committee. The selection committee meets during the summer to select the national award recipient.

Link to AAMC Nomination Form

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