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Note: The application period for the 2023 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest is now open! Learn more and apply by March 13.
This episode begins a series of conversations with winners of the Gold Foundation’s Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest. Mason Blacker, who won first place for medical students in the 2022 contest, reads his winning essay, “The Light.” That reading is followed by a conversation with Mason and Gold Foundation Editor in Chief Brianne Alcala, exploring the writing process. Mason is a medical student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
The essay contest is named for Hope Babette Tang-Goodwin, MD, 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 seemingly limitless enthusiasm for her work, intellectual rigor and deep compassion for her patients.
Special thanks to AAMC and the Academic Medicine podcast for sharing Mason’s reading of his essay. All winning Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest are published in both Academic Medicine and the Journal of Professional Nursing.
Mason Blacker, first-place winner for medical students of the 2022 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest. Mason Blacker is a second-year medical student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is also enrolled in the 3-year pathway for neurosurgery. Prior to medical school, he served for 12 years in the United States Navy.
Brianne Alcala, Editor in Chief, Gold Foundation
How to Apply for the Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest Deadline is March 13 for 2023 applications.
Transcript coming soon!