2010 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest

Eliza Miller, a second-year P&S student, placed third in this year’s Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.The foundation received more than 300 entries in this year’s competition. Winning essays will be published this fall in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

This is the first year the foundation solicited suggestions for topics from the public and the medical community. As a result, the foundation asked medical students to draw on their personal experiences and observations to respond to the following: Describe a barrier a physician might face to practicing humanistic patient care and explain how this might be overcome and what can be learned in the process.

Ms. Miller’s essay is available online.