Carol Gilbert wins Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism in Medicine Award
November 15, 2016
Carol Gilbert, associate professor of surgery at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, won the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.
The prestigious award “honors a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students.”
The Association of American Medical College (AAMC) gives out the award at their annual conference at an awards dinner, held on Nov. 13, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. An awards luncheon was also held at the conference on Friday, Nov. 11.
The AAMC put together a video about Carol Gilbert and why she was honored with the prestigious Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Humanism in Medicine Award.
Dr. Carol Gilbert models compassion collaboration and patience for learners at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. For Dr. Gilbert, the clinic and the classroom are intertwined and the person in front of her always has her complete attention. A trauma surgeon, Dr. Gilbert volunteers regularly in disaster recovery efforts and teaches emergency medical service providers. She has been instrumental in creating the near southwest regions integrated trauma system and in 2002 she received the Governor's Award for Excellence in emergency medical services.
[Carol Gilbert]: I love to teach. I've loved to teach since before medical school sometimes I see students struggling to make the one right choice. I think for most of them there are several right choices and they should never let that kind of thought that I did the wrong thing weigh on them. You kind of have to support them until they realize that they can do more than they think they can. The interaction with the patient is the heart and soul of Medicine. No matter what special to your in that is why you should be in medicine.
There are so many people have helped me out in my career it's hard to even make a list that would be all inclusive of you to thank but I'd like to thank my family my parents especially my mother who was a teacher and taught me to teach. I'd like to thank one of my mentors during my residency, Dr. Parsley, who taught me how to use a humanistic approach to patients and also I'd like to thank those students who put together the nomination.