Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

The Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest asks medical and nursing students to engage in a reflective writing exercise that illustrates an experience where they or a team member worked to ensure that humanism was at the core of care.  First-, second-, and third-place essays for both nursing and medical students will be chosen by a panel including healthcare professionals, writers/journalists, and educators.

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?

Medical students at accredited schools of medicine in the U.S. and Canada
Nursing students at AACN member schools

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

2018 Essay Contest

The 2018 essay contest is now closed. Please check back for the winning essays.

The Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest asks medical and nursing students to engage in a reflective writing exercise that illustrates an experience where they or a team member worked to ensure that humanism was at the core of care.

For the 2018 contest, medical and nursing students were asked to reflect on the following quote and tell us about a healthcare experience with a patient or fellow clinician that led to a new, unexpected understanding or perspective. Each original essay should be 1,000 words or fewer.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Honoring the Winners

Winners receive a monetary award of up to $1,000, and first-, second-, and third-place nursing and medical student essays will be published in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and The Journal of Professional Nursing, of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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.

2017 First Place

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

Read her winning essay, “Eric.”

2017 Second Place

Nicole Chicoine, 1st Year
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Read the second-place essay, “A Common Humanity We All Share.”

2017 Third Place

Ajibike Lapite, 3rd Year
Tulane University School of Medicine

Read the third-place essay, “You Can Touch Me Now.”

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

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

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

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

Marcia Soltes

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