Congratulations to Richard P. Dickey, M.D., Ph.D., the 2014 winner of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award for Practicing Physicians honors an ASRM member who as a practicing physician has best demonstrated the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being.
The recipient of the Award should:
- Demonstrate compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care;
- Display competence in scientific endeavors;
- Show respect for patients, families and co-workers;
- Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in working with patient and family members of diverse backgrounds;
- Display effective, empathic communication and listening skills;
- Understand a patient’s need for interpretation of complex medical diagnoses and treatments and make an effort to ensure patient comprehension;
- Understand and show respect for the patient’s viewpoint;
- Be sensitive to the patient’s psychological well-being; and identify emotional concerns of patients and family members;
- Engender trust and confidence.
The Award is made possible through a generous gift from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
|The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine honors an ASRM member who as a practicing physician has best demonstrated the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. The recipient of the Award should have demonstrated compassion, empathy, competence, respect, sensitivity, effective communication and trustworthiness. The Society has selected Richard P. Dickey, M.D., Ph.D., for this award in 2014 because, as stated in the letter of nomination, “he demonstrated his commitment to his patients and to their physical and emotional well-being in the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans, the city in which he lives and practices, in 2005.
|In the days following the Hurricane, he appeared on national television in a small boat on his way to “rescue” cryopreserved embryos from presumably secure sites within two hospitals in the city. For this endeavor, he enlisted the assistance of the National Guard, the Louisiana State Police, and Illinois Conservation Agents. His efforts, according to television reports at the time, were not without peril. His program had done all that they thought necessary to guarantee the welfare of the human embryos prior to the Hurricane, but the unusual events showed their efforts were insufficient without his retrieving and moving the stored embryos. However, Dr. Dickey did not stop there. He wrote a letter that was subsequently published in Fertility and Sterility describing their plight. He used his experiences during the Hurricane and the letter to urge and cajole SART and ASRM to develop and publish a guideline listing measures that should be taken by fertility centers for emergency preparedness. He has spoken widely about the need for fertility centers to be prepared for any emergency.” Dr. Dickey’s commitment has had lasting effects on reproductive health care.