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New National Survey Reveals 8 out of 10 Americans Claim Their Doc Needs a Prescription for Better Bedside Manners
Date:4/24/2008

ans report that their dissatisfaction with doctors is due to an experience of disconnection, such as the doctor making them feel rushed (40 percent), not providing enough opportunity to discuss their concerns and questions (36 percent), or even being outright rude or condescending (23 percent).

Establishment of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation

As a pioneer pediatric neurologist and faculty member at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Arnold P. Gold has made it his mission over the past two decades to specifically address the care in health care. In 1988, with the support of his wife Sandra Gold, Ed.D., several Columbia colleagues, and a group of dedicated philanthropists, Dr. Gold established the Foundation, with the goal of restoring a more effective balance between the cutting edge science of medicine and the equally relevant and needed art of compassion.

Drs. Gold and the Foundation's Board focused their initial work during the four impressionable years of medical school. The Foundation's strategy was twofold -- 1) to impact physicians' values and behaviors throughout the educational experience; and 2) to establish collaborative relationships with medical schools and universities to re-establish the critical balance of educating both technically skilled and caring doctors.

The Foundation's Board determined that recognition, rituals, role modeling and research would help to elevate the importance of compassionate care within the medical profession. In 1993, the Foundation launched the White Coat Ceremony for entering medical students, which has become a widespread tradition in medical education. By professing an oath and receiving the iconic "white coat" at the inception of their medical education, students commit to making service to their patients their primary responsibility. In 2002, the Foundation inaugurated The Gold Humanism Honor Society to provide a means to recognize exemplars of humanistic care and help
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