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Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine award

The American Academy of Dermatology has the distinguished honor of being selected to administer the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. The esteemed award is given to a practicing AAD member dermatologist who exemplifies compassionate, patient-centered care.

The dermatologist who receives this high honor will receive a monetary award of $1,000. In addition, expenses for the winner to attend the AAD Annual Meeting, including airfare and accommodations, will be reimbursed up to $2,000. The recipient will be honored at the recognition luncheon during the Academy's 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

About the award

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation began more than 20 years ago with the goal of restoring a more effective balance between the cutting-edge science of medicine and compassionate patient care.

The foundation's main objective is to ensure that physicians become mindful of the life context of health and illness, and become skillful in the habit of humanism, or how to communicate effectively and empathically to help patients heal.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation would like to thank the Council of Medical Specialty Societies for their valuable collaboration, which helped design and disseminate information about the award to its members.

To nominate or apply for the 2014 award, select the Nominate/apply tab below. The submission deadline is Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Nominees must meet at least five of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care.
  • Show respect for patients, families and coworkers.
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity when working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds.
  • Display effective, empathetic communication and listening skills.
  • Understand a patient's need for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and make an effort to ensure patient comprehension.
  • Comprehend and show respect for the patient's viewpoint.
  • Is sensitive to the patient's psychological well being and identifies the emotional concerns of patients and family members.
  • Engenders trust and confidence.
  • Displays competence in scientific endeavors.
  • No sitting member of the volunteerism committee shall be eligible for nomination.

Selection process

The Academy's Volunteerism Committee reviews all completed nominations and selects a winner in December of each year. The recipient will be notified the following January.

2013: Neil Prose, MD, FAAD

Dr. Prose received this award in recognition for his work toward greater understanding of physician/patient communication. He developed a curriculum at Duke that seeks to improve cross-cultural communication and find better ways to deliver bad news to patients in an understanding and sympathetic fashion. In addition, he has brought this program to the University of KwaZul-Natal in South Africa and worked to establish clinics in that country, as well as others in Mexico and South America.  Dr. Prose was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2013 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.

2012: Thomas P. Waldinger, MD, FAAD

Dr. Waldinger is an extremely dedicated physician with a strong focus on patient-centered care. His peers indicate that he is a role model for compassion, honesty, integrity, respect, dignity, diversity, and selfless dedication to excellence. He is a great communicator to patients, staff, and colleagues. Dr. Waldinger has been involved in a number of community service programs, including skin cancer detection. He has written several inspiring books and poems and has been honored with the “Best Doctors” award seven times in the last 15 years. Dr. Waldinger was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2012 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

2011: Samuel L. Moschella, MD, FAAD

Dr. Moschella has mentored hundreds of students, residents and colleagues. His professional career spans more than 60 years of service to patients in the U.S. Navy and the Lahey Clinic. He conducts a local clinic in Massachusetts with leprosy patients where he invites trainees and faculty members to learn about the disease. Dr. Moschella has written and lectured extensively about the diagnosis and care of patients with leprosy and educates the young physicians in the diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Moschella was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2011 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2010: O. Fred Miller, MD, FAAD

Dr. Miller is deeply involved in the community and in his patient's lives. He serves as a role model for hundreds of physicians, and embodies empathy, respect and understanding. He helped to found a camp for children with severe skin diseases, and still attends camp every year as a counselor. Dr. Miller has a genuine interest in the well-being of the doctors, staff and patients. The patient always is first to Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller was presented with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the 2010 Recognition Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida.

The recipient will be given a monetary award of $1,000 and will be honored at the Academy's Awards Recognition Reception during the Annual Meeting. In addition, expenses for the winner to attend the Annual Meeting, including airfare and accommodations, will be reimbursed up to $2,000. The winner also will be recognized in Dermatology World, on the AAD website and in other media where award-winners are covered.

The 2014 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award will be presented during the Recognition Luncheon at the American Academy of Dermatology's 72nd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

Contact: Nikki Haton, Project Specialist, Member Services
Phone: (847) 240-1350
Fax: (847) 240-1859
Email: nhaton@aad.org  
Nominate/apply: Nominations submitted will be considered for the 2014 award. 
Deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2013.