The Arnold P. Gold Foundation 's mission is to perpetuate the tradition of the caring doctor by emphasizing the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient. Our objective is to help physicians-in-training become doctors who combine the high tech skills of cutting edge medicine with the high touch skills of effective communication, empathy and compassion.
Our inspiration emanates from the leadership of Dr. Arnold P. Gold, role-model physician, mentor and the guiding force of our work. Arnold's vision places people and relationships at the center of every healthcare interaction. Toward that end, he believes that given proper instruction, a clear set of expectations, personalized mentoring and recognition and rewards, doctors in training will acquire the “habit of humanism” and thereby improve patient care and healthcare outcomes.
Students and faculty at 94% of American allopathic and osteopathic schools now participate in at least one Gold Foundation program.
The Foundation is a public, 501 [c]  not-for-profit organization, established in 1988 by Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold, colleagues at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, and dedicated community leaders and philanthropists.