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.

2019 Essay Contest

The deadline was March 15, 2019. Applications are now closed.

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” — Maya Angelou

Using this quote as a reflective prompt, write about an experience where you or your healthcare team intervened to engage compassionately and respectfully with a vulnerable patient to help them feel accepted and seen.

Submit your original essay of 1,000 words or fewer using the online form.

Who Is Eligible?

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

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.

2018 Essay Contest

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

Medical and nursing students were asked to reflect on the following quote and tell us, in an original essay of 1,000 words or fewer, about a healthcare experience with a patient or fellow clinician that led to a new, unexpected understanding or perspective.

2018 Nursing Student Winners

Ashley Edgar

First Place
Ashley Edgar, 1st Year, University of Texas Medical Branch
Read “Seeing Stephen” by Ashley Edgar.

Rachel Sterling

Second Place
Rachel Sterling, 3rd Year, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Read “Kenny” by Rachel Sterling.

Lucy Frank

Third Place

Lucy R. Frank, 4th Year, Duke University

Read “The Fish Tank” by Lucy R. Frank.

2018 Medical Student Winners

Antoinette Esce

First Place
Antoinette Esce, 3rd Year, University of Rochester

Read the essay by Antoinette Esce.

Uttara Gadde

Second Place

Uttara Gadde, 2nd Year, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Read the essay by Uttara Gadde.

Evaline Cheng

Third Place

Evaline Cheng, 3rd Year, University of California, San Diego

Read the essay by Evaline Cheng.

2018 Honorable Mentions

  • Carolina de Almagro, 1st Year, Florida International University – Nursing Student
  • Sarah Bugg, 3rd Year, University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Medical Student
  • Catherine Brannan, 1st Year, University of Colorado – Nursing Student
  • Alexa Chavez, 4th Year, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California – Medical Student
  • Lias Cross, 1st Year, University of Massachusetts Lowell – Nursing Student
  • Rachel MacLean, 2nd Year, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons – Medical Student
  • James Nguyen, 1st Year, Penn State College of Medicine – Medical Student
  • Meera Reghunathan, 3rd Year, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine – Medical Student
  • Ovini Rodrigo, 3rd Year, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine – Medical Student
  • Regina Thorp, 2nd Year, Uniformed Services University – Nursing Student

2018 Reviewers

Arlene Katz, EdD Harvard Medical School
Barbara Gastel, MD Texas A&M College of Medicine
Barbara Sadick Freelance writer
Bill Barr Henry Schein
Cecelia Crawford Kaiser Permanente
Craig Wynne, PhD Hampton University
Ellen Ford Freelance Editor
Frances Chu, MLIS, MSN, RN University of Washington Health Sciences Library and Gonzaga University Foley Center Library
Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH Stony Brook University
Jamesetta Halley-Boyce, PhD, RN Seton Hall University
Janet Halecky Wells Fargo
Janet Piscitelli Quest Diagnostics
Jennifer Farrington Becton Dickinson
Jennifer Fisher Wilson Medical writer/editor
Jess Deutsch Jess Deutsch Consulting
Joan Vitello UMass Medical School-The Graduate School of Nursing
Joanna Sachar Macmillan Publishing Company
Joseph Zuckerman, MD New York University School of Medicine
Judith Hannan Writer
Judy Beal Simmons College, School of Nursing and Health Science
Kathy Burke Ramapo College
Kathy Pecht Leonia Arts
Kyle Nash, Dmin Medical Educator
Laura Fratello, MD Physician
Laure Park Quest Diagnostics
Lauren Henry Writer, PhD Candidate at Ohio State University
Lisa Wong Harvard Medical School
Lorie Judson California State University, Los Angeles
Louise Aronson University of California San Francisco
Lynne Vittorio Freelance writer and editor
Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig Florida College of Medicine
Penny Armstrong, CNM, MSN Writer/midwife
Perri Klass, MD New York University School of Medicine
Richard Colgan, MD University of Maryland
Serena J. Fox, MD, PhD Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
Shari Foos The Narrative Method
Stacy Gallin, DMH Maimonides Institute for Medicine
Stanley Gotlin
Stephen Borg North Jersey Media Companies
Tara Shewchuk Medtronic
Therese Jones, PhD University of Colorado Denver
Thomas Dahlborg Dahlborg Healthcare Leadership Group
Tom Rosenal, MD University of Calgary
Trent Kays, PhD Hampton University