Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

The 2022 winners have been announced! Read the announcement.

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 in the fall.

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, Dr. Tang-Goodwin was an exemplar of excellent, compassionate and respectful patient care.

2022 Medical Student Winners

First Place | “The Light”
Mason Blacker
NYU Grossman School of Medicine



Second Place | “Every Patient After”
Molly Fessler
University of Michigan Medical School



Third Place | “To Tend to a Life Story”
Nali Gillespie
Duke University School of Medicine

2022 Nursing Student Winners

First Place | “As the Sun Sets”
Jessica Pierce
Oregon Health & Science University



Second Place | “A Song for the Dying”
Victoria Furka
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing



Third Place | “She Served Him Well”
Danielle Blackwell
Frontier Nursing University



Read the full announcement of the 2022 winners.

2023 Essay Contest

The contest will reopen in early 2023. For details, visit Eligibility, Selection Criteria, and Process.

Each year, we share a new quote for medical and nursing students to use 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.

Contact Michelle Sloane at msloane@gold-foundation.org with questions. For more information about the Gold Foundation programs or their status, please contact Director of Program Initiatives Louisa Tvito at ltvito@gold-foundation.org.