I thought this was a good time to once again speak of the Gold Foundation in the midst of all theimage “fraud doctor data” that been floating around the web for the last couple of weeks.  As we all know those are the exceptions to the rule and not what medicine is really all about.  It’s about the Doctor-Patient relationship and the Gold Foundation is set up to honor doctors for their care and showing of humanism. 

Here’s a video below where a doctor talks about a patient and how she decided to “bust the system” to allow a man to get married a couple hours before he passed away.  The wedding took place in the intensive care unit.  This is quite the story.

What’s really nice is that patients can nominate their doctor for for a Gold Doc, see the link below.  image

“Gold DOC is a recognition program established by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation to give patients and their families an opportunity to pay tribute and thank physicians and other healthcare professionals who demonstrate exemplary sensitivity and compassion, as well as clinical excellence, in the care of patients and their families.

So often we hear about the negative side of healthcare – medical errors, controversy over managed healthcare, diminishing time for the doctor-patient relationship, lawsuits and soaring insurance rates. In the midst of these difficulties and obstacles, we know there are many doctors practicing humanistic, patient-centered medicine.”

To recognize your doctor as a Gold DOC please fill out our Gold DOC Recommendation Form. The Foundation will send your DOC a congratulatory letter identifying you and including excerpts from your recommendation, a framed certificate and a Humanism in Medicine lapel pin. We will send you a copy of the congratulatory letter sent to your DOC.”

What is Humanism in Medicine?

Humanism in medicine describes relationships between physicians and their patients that are respectful and compassionate. It is reflected in attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values, autonomy, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others.

The humanistic doctor demonstrates the following attributes (“I.E., C.A.R.E.S.”):

Integrity: the congruence between expressed values and behavior.

Excellence: clinical expertise.

Compassion: the awareness and acknowledgement of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it.

Altruism: the capacity to put the needs and interests of another before your own.

Respect: the regard for the autonomy and values of another person.

Empathy: the ability to put oneself in another's situation, e.g., physician as patient.

Service: the sharing of one's talent, time and resources with those in need; giving beyond what is required.



  1. Thank you for sharing information about The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and our Gold Doc program. We've grown a lot over the past few years and wanted to let you know that we are now working with other members of the healthcare team as well (nurses and physician assistants). The nature of healthcare delivery has changed, and we have expanded our mission in response.We feel that it is important to promote humanism not only with patients, but among healthcare practitioners as well. Without respect, dignity and compassion among practitioners, it is unlikely that patients will be treated that way either.


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