Nominations for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards

Nominations for the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation are due no later than Friday, March 13. There will be one graduating medical student and one faculty member to receive this award. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. Each award recipient will receive a personalized award certificate, recognition at the Medical Student Honors Day Ceremony, and a check for $500 from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Please complete the nomination forms (attached below) and return to 
christopher.woleben@vcuhealth.org.

Selection criteria for the two awards are summarized below: 

For the 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 
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds 
  • Displays effective communication and listening skills – good rapport with patients 
  • Understands patients’ need for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and makes an effort to assure patient comprehension – shows respect for the patient’s viewpoint 
  • Helps to articulate the patients’ concerns to attending physicians and other 
  • Sensitive to the patients’ psychological well-being 
  • 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 
  • Committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of his/her skills 
  • Displays competence in scientific endeavors


For the 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 
  • 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 
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds 
  • Displays effective communication and listening skills 
  • Understands patients’ needs for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and makes an effort to ensure patient comprehension – shows respect for the patients’ viewpoint 
  • 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 
  • Committed to reflection and objective self-evaluation of his/her skills 
  • Displays competence in scientific endeavors

For more information about the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, please visit the following website: humanism-in-medicine.org 

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