Vilcek-Gold Award 2023 for Humanism in Healthcare (up to $10,000)

Last Updated on January 6, 2023

The Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare was created jointly by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and The Vilcek Foundation in 2019.

The Award aims to recognize a foreign-born individual who has had an extraordinary impact on humanism in healthcare through their professional achievements in the United States. This award marks the first humanism-in-healthcare-focused honor for the Vilcek Foundation and the first immigrant-designated humanism honor for the Gold Foundation.


  • The 2023 award includes a commemorative heart-shaped trophy, an unrestricted cash award of $10,000, and an invitation to present at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Learn Serve Lead annual meeting.


  • Nominees must have been born outside of the United States and U.S. territories to non-American parents.
  • Candidates must work professionally in healthcare, medicine, or public health, and their professional accomplishments should demonstrate their commitment to humanism and to making healthcare equitable and accessible.
  • Nominees must be based in the United States and intend to continue in a career in medicine, healthcare, or public health in the United States. Eligible nominees must identify as one of the following:
    • Naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States
    • H-1B or O-1 visa holder
    • E-4 visa holder with a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
    • Asylee or an asylum seeker with a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
    • Recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Selection Criteria

  • Nominee has made significant contributions to humanism (including compassion, collaboration, and scientific excellence) in healthcare nationally or regionally in the United States; and has created lasting change in the administration or experience of healthcare beyond their immediate workspace.
  • Nominee has a strong voice and visibly advocates for humanism in healthcare.
  • Nominee demonstrates respect, sensitivity, and appreciation for the social, cultural and economic backgrounds of people.
  • Nominee practices the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism in their work.
  • Nominee remains extensively involved and currently active in their work.


Nominators are encouraged to alert their nominee of their intention to nominate them for a Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare.

To complete a nomination, nominators will be required to:

  • Answer short questions about their nominee
  • Submit a copy of their selected nominee’s CV or resume
  • Write two essays regarding the candidate describing how their work aligns with the mission and values of the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare

Click here to nominate

For more information, visit Vilcek-Gold Award.

Deadline: January 31, 2023

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