Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold Guest Speakers at St. George’s University School of Medicine

Dr. Arnold P. Gold and Dr. Sandra Gold are the guest speakers at the White Coat Ceremony for the School of Medicine’s Spring 2005 entering class. The School of Medicine is honored to have two of the founders of the White Coat Ceremony to speak to the medical students as they are initiated into the medical profession.

In the late 1980’s the Golds and a group of colleagues, medical educators and community leaders gathered to discuss their mutual concern that medical practitioners were losing their focus on humanism in medicine as scientific and technological advances began to change the way medicine was practiced. As a result of these consultations the Arnold P. Gold Foundation was founded in 1988 as a means to facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate methods and programs to further humanism in medicine.

The conclusion of the Foundation was that the beginning of a student’s journey into medicine, the start of clinical experience with patients, was the best time to influence standards of professionalism, humanistic values and behavior. As the first step in this initiative the White Coat Ceremony was introduced in 1993. New medical students don a white coat, a symbol of their profession, and recite an oath making a commitment to henceforth maintain a professional attitude and demeanor in their relationships with peers, professors and colleagues, and demonstrate compassion, respect, empathy and altruism with patients and the community, including sensitivity to cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

St. George’s University School of Medicine embraced the White Coat Ceremony in 1996, soon after its beginning, as an important ritual symbolizing a student’s induction into the medical profession. The ceremony, witnessed by family, friends and the academic community, is conducted at the beginning of Orientation week, just before first term classes begin. The Professional Commitment, written by the Student Ethics Task Force, is recited at this time.

We at St. George’s University are honored to have such accomplished and dedicated professionals usher in our novice physicians, encouraging them to strive for excellence in their future careers.

ARNOLD P. GOLD, M.D. has been associated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University for the past 40 years and is currently Professor of Clinical Neurology and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. He is also the Secretary of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, serves on several professional advisory boards and is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Myoclonus Research Foundation.

In November 1997, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service in Medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. In 1999, Dr. Gold received the Physicians and Surgeons Distinguished Service Award at Commencement at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2001 and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in 2003.

Dr. Gold is the author of more than 80 published articles and several books in the field of Pediatric Neurology and the recipient of many special awards, lectureships, and professorships, including the National Brennerman Award in Pediatrics. He was the 1992 recipient of the Practitioner of the Year award at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Listed in Who’s Who in Medicine, Healthcare, and Science and Engineering as well as Who’s Who in the World, Dr. Gold has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America ” by American Health Magazine.

SANDRA O. GOLD, Ed.D. is the Executive Vice President and co-founder of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Dedicated to making the world a better place, her concern for the elderly and those with disabilities has resulted in the creation of many innovative programs to address the special needs of these populations. She is founding President of both the UJA Federation Community Advocacy Program, promoting lifetime advocacy and care to individuals with disabilities, and the UJA Federation Association for the Developmentally Disabled, which establishes respite services and group homes.

She has served as President of the Florence Heller Research Center of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, as Assistant Treasurer of the Jewish Educational Service of North America and chair of one of its task force on recruitment, development and retention of Jewish educators; and serves on several other national and local philanthropic boards.

Dr. Gold is also founder of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, a comprehensive community music school that currently serves more than eight hundred students. She is a board member of the Myoclonus Research Foundation and is listed in Who’s Who in the East, The World and American Women. Her active leadership in community assistance programs has been recognized by many philanthropic organizations. Additionally, she was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2001 and from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in 2003.
Published on 01/31/2005