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Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation initiated the Humanism in Medicine Awards in 1991 to recognize a graduating medical student and a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Gold Foundation bestows a personalized certificate and a $1,000 prize each on a graduating medical student and a faculty member, nominated and selected by their peers. The graduating medical student is recognized on Honors Day and again during the School of Medicine Convocation and Hooding Ceremony. Additional information can be found at the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The faculty awardee is recognized at the annual faculty awards ceremony in October. Criteria for nomination are as follows:

Graduating Medical Student

  • consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients
  • illustrates professional and ethical behavior by example
  • shows respect for everyone he/she comes in contact with
  • demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse ethnic or religious backgrounds
  • displays effective communication and listening skills—good rapport with patients
  • understands a patient’s need for interpretation of complex medical diagnosis and treatment and makes an effort to assure patient comprehension—shows respect for the patient’s viewpoint
  • helps to articulate the patient’s concerns to attending physicians and others
  • pays attention and is sensitive to the patient’s psychological well-being
  • is cooperative, easy to work with—engenders trust and confidence
  • willing to help others and, when necessary, willing to seek help from others
  • displays concern for the general welfare of the community and engages in volunteer activities
  • seeks and accepts criticism, using it to improve performance
  • is personally committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of his/her skills
  • displays competence in scientific endeavors

Medical School Faculty Member

  • consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients
  • serves as a role model—illustrates professional behavior by example—for students and colleagues
  • is approachable and accessible to students
  • welcomes opportunities for teaching and one-on-one mentorships with students
  • exhibits enthusiasm and skill in professional and personal interactions with students
  • shows respect for everyone he/she comes in contact with
  • demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse ethnic or religious backgrounds
  • displays effective communication and listening skills
  • understands a patient’s need for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and makes an effort to ensure patient comprehension—shows respect for the patient’s viewpoint
  • pays attention and is sensitive to the patients’ psychological well-being
  • effectively identifies emotional concerns of patients and family members
  • engenders trust and confidence
  • adheres to professional and ethical standards
  • is personally committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of his/her skills
  • displays competence in scientific endeavors

Process and Timeline

Nominations may be made by faculty, medical or graduate students for either award and should be accompanied by at least, but no more than three letters of support. An annual Call for Nominations is announced in the spring. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members and graduating medical students and then awardees will be selected.

Contact

For questions about the process, please contact Dr. Christopher Woleben [E-mail]: christopher.woleben@vcuhealth.org.

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