Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

The annual 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. Submissions that touch upon students’ personal experiences of humanistic care or stories of family and friends are also accepted.

First-, second-, and third-place essays for both nursing and medical students are chosen by a panel including healthcare professionals, writers/journalists, and educators.

Winners receive monetary awards of $1000, $500 and $250, and their essays are published in Academic Medicine and The Journal of Professional Nursing.

2022 Essay Contest

The 2022 contest is now closed and essays are under review. For details, visit Eligibility, Selection Criteria, and Process.

The 2022 contest asked medical and nursing students to use the following quote as inspiration to reflect on humanism in healthcare, drawing from their experiences as an individual or as a member of a healthcare team (doctors, nurses, therapists, patients and families, etc.). Stories of family and friends were also accepted.

Image of doctor and child patient and quote by Dr Vivek Murthy

Read about the 2021 Essay Contest winners.

Who was Dr. Hope Babette Tang?

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 an exemplar of excellent, compassionate and respectful patient care.

2021 Medical Student Winners

First Place | “Dear Reader”
Ross Perry
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Read the essay in Academic Medicine

 

 

Second Place | “Motherhouse”
Davy Ran
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Read the essay in Academic Medicine

 

 

Third Place | “Someone Else’s Mother”
Fletcher Bell
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Read the essay in Academic Medicine

2021 Nursing Student Winners


First Place | “New Constellations”
Hunter Marshall
University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Read the essay in Academic Medicine

 

Second Place | “Nurses Encounter Diversity”
Anna Swartzlander
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing
Read the essay in Academic Medicine

 

 

Third Place | “Empty Beds”
Jessica Grey
University of Massachusetts, Amherst College of Nursing
Read the essay in Academic Medicine

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