AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the passing of Arnold Gold, MD, world-renowned pediatric neurologist and founder of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Gold, 92, died on Jan. 23 at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital after a brief illness.
“The passing of Dr. Arnold Gold is a tremendous loss for the AAMC, the academic medicine community, and the countless lives he touched—from his patients and their families to his students, residents, and colleagues. A passionate and tireless advocate for promoting humanism in medicine, Arnold, along with his wife, Sandra Gold, EdD, established The Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1988. The foundation’s work has had a profound effect on the way the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals teach and practice medicine. Arnold’s vision to nurture and preserve the tradition of the caring physician carries through to nearly every medical student who participates in the White Coat Ceremony, which the Gold Foundation established as a rite of passage for medical students as they enter the profession and take an oath to protect and care for their patients. As we mourn his passing, we remain fiercely committed—now more than ever—to preserving his legacy and advancing his work to promote humanism in medicine.”
The AAMC and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation have had a long-standing partnership and commitment to training caring and compassionate physicians. Since 2009, the AAMC has recognized a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.
Read the statement online here.