Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

The Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest asks medical students to engage in a reflective writing exercise around a prompt or quote related to humanism in medicine. First, second, and third place essays are chosen by a panel of physicians and accomplished writers.

Hope Babette Tang-Goodwin, MD was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, whose devotion and generosity to the care of the children and infants with HIV infection in New York City was an inspiration to her colleagues and her students. Her approach to medicine combined a boundless enthusiasm for her work, intellectual rigor and deep compassion for her patients. In sum, Hope was a Gold DOC – an exemplar of excellent, compassionate and respectful patient care.

Who Is Eligible?

Open to medical students in the US.

To date, we have received over 3,000 essays.

2018 Essay Contest

All essays must be submitted using the online form. Do not include your name or school’s name on the attached essay document. Submit an essay of 1,000 words or less based on the following prompt.

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity (Pema Chodron)
Using the quote as a reflective prompt, write an essay based on a true story or anecdote that illustrates an experience where you or a team member worked to ensure that humanism (compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care) was at the core of medical practice.

Deadline to submit: TBA

Honoring the Winners

Winners receive a monetary award of up to $1000 and their winning essays are published in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Colleges (AAMC).

2017 Contest Details

Students were asked to write a 1,000 word submission on the following prompt:

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity (Pema Chodron)
Using the quote as a reflective prompt, write an essay based on a true story or anecdote that illustrates an experience where you or a team member worked to ensure that humanism (compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care) was at the core of medical practice.

First Place

Eric
Kristen Zozulin, 1st Year, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Second Place

A Common Humanity We All Share
Nicole Chicoine, 1st Year, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Third Place

  You Can Touch Me Now
Ajibike Lapite, 3rd Year, Tulane University School of Medicine

2017 Honorable Mentions

  • Anna Condella, 4th Year, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Shawna Foley, 4th Year, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • Jason Han, 4th Year, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Tuong Phan, 3rd Year, University of Colorado
  • Jenay Powell, 3rd Year, UNC School of Medicine
  • Allen Ruan, 4th Year, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Hasanga Samaraweera, 4th Year, University of North Dakota
  • Eric Silberman, 3rd Year, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Ranjodh Singh, 4th Year, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Nicole Yordán López, 3rd Year, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

2017 Reviewers

Annie Brewster, MD
Health Story Collaborative Founder and Executive Director

Arlene Katz, EdD
Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Barbara Gastel, MD
Professor, Texas A&M

Barbara Sadick
Freelance Health Writer

Prof. Bethany Johnson, MPhil, MA
Depts. of History and Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Craig Wynne, PhD
Assistant Professor, Hampton University

Deepu Gowda, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University

Ellen Ford
Freelance, Editor

Emily Morgan
English Instructor, John Tyler Community College

Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine Stony Brook University

Jamesetta Halley-Boyce, PhD, RN, FACHE
Associate Professor, Seton Hall University

Jennifer Fisher Wilson
Medical Writer/Editor, Thomas Jefferson University

Jessie Findlay
Senior Story Producer at Travel Channel

Joanna Sachar
Editor-in-Chief and Vice President (retired), Macmillan Publishing Company

Joseph Zuckerman, MD
Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York University School of Medicine

Johanna Shapiro, PhD
Director, Program in Medical Humanities & Arts, University of California, Irvine

Judith Hannan
Writer

Kathy Pecht
Founder, Leonia Arts

Kyle Nash, DMin
Medical Educator

Laura Fratello, MD
Infectious Disease Specialist

Lawrence K. Altman, MD
Writer, New York Times

Lisa Becker
Writer

Lisa M. Wong, MD
Assistant Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School
artsandhumanities.hms.harvard.edu

Marcia Day Childress, PhD
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Marcia Soltes
Writer

Marguerite J. Purnell, PhD, RN1
Professor Emeritus, Editor, Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig
Director, Medical Humanities Program, University of Florida College of Medicine

Paul Gross, MD
Editor-in-chief, Pulse – Voices from the heart of medicine

Penny Armstrong, CNM, MSN
Nurse-Midwife, Author

Richard Colgan MD
Professor; Vice Chair for Medical Student Education and Clinical Operations
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Scott Alderman
Executive Director, Center for Narrative Practice

Serena J. Fox, MD
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Attending, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center

Shari Foos, MA, MFT; MS, NM
Founder, The Narrative Method; Founder BRIDGE Program at Antioch University Los Angeles; Adjunct Professor, Narrative Medicine and The Narrative Method, Antioch University Los Angeles

Stacy Gallin, DMH
Founding Director, Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust

Stephen Borg
Publisher, North Jersey Media Companies

Therese Jones, PhD
Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, University of Colorado Denver

Thomas Dahlborg
President, Dahlborg Healthcare Leadership Group (DHLG)
Director Health Care, Global Listening Centre Board (India)

Tom Rosenal, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor Emeritus, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Trent Kays, PhD
Assistant Professor, English and Modern Foreign Languages, Hampton University