OTTAWA, May 18, 2018 - The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare Canada (APGFC) are pleased to announce the establishment of the AFMC - Gold Humanism Award and Lecture. The goal of the award is to emphasize, reinforce and enhance the importance of humanistic qualities among medical school students and faculty.
Open to physicians, nurses and other members of the healthcare team who practice in Canada or practitioners and researchers in health professions education in Canada, the award will acknowledge the ideals of humanism and patient-centered care within the Canadian healthcare community. Individuals who demonstrate the qualities of a caring and compassionate teacher, mentor and health care provider may exemplify these by teaching ethics, empathy, and service by example.
The award will be bestowed annually at the AFMC President’s Award Ceremony at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, starting in 2019.
“In this age of rapidly advancing technology, humanism is at the very heart of what it means to be a health care provider. We are very pleased and honoured to partner with the Gold Foundation on this new award,” stated Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of the AFMC.
“We are so pleased to collaborate with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada on the AFMC – Gold Humanism Award and Lecture, which honors exemplars of humanistic education and practice. The AFMC, a leader in advancing medical education, has long shared our mission, and this joint award will celebrate and reinforce how essential the attributes of humanism are to optimal healthcare,” said Dr. Richard I. Levin, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, founder and board member of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare Canada (APGFC)/ Fondation Gold (Canada) – Humanisation des soins de santé.