Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

The winners of the 2020 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest have been announced! Thank you to all of those that submitted 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.  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.

In the 2020 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest, medical and nursing students were asked to use the following quote as inspiration to reflect on when they’ve experienced or observed, as an individual or as a team (doctors, nurses, therapists, etc.), the impact of human connection:

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.

2020 Medical Student Winners

First Place | “Seams”
Mahima Sukumar, Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine

Second Place | “The Hidden Healer”
Grace Ro, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Third Place | Untitled
Grace Ferri, Boston University School of Medicine

2020 Nursing Student Winners


First Place | “In Good Hands
Emily Friedman, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Second Place | “Good Enough”
Lisa Cross, University of Massachusetts Lowel

Third Place | “Mia”
Sonia Max, University of Maryland School of Nursing

2020 Honorable Mentions

  • Amber Lekey, third year, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Morgan Barnes, first year, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Graduate School of Nursing, “A Critical Care Connection”
  • Katrina Hannemann, third year, St. Catherine University, “Medicine cannot heal in a vacuum, it requires connection”
  • Kelly Soto, third year, Oregon Health & Science University, “The Hallway of Power & Connection”
  • Mark Alshak, third year, Weill Cornell Medical College, “For my Daughters / For my Sons”
  • Caitlin McCarthy, fourth year, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, “To the Medical Student Crying in the Hallway”
  • Heather Gochnauer, fourth year, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, “Dr. Sunshine”
  • Yuna Oh, third year, Weill Cornell Medical College, “Medicine cannot heal in a vacuum; it requires connection”
  • Kelsey McNew, fourth year, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, “Greg and (Regrettably) Me”
  • Eleanor Wade, fourth year, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, “Nightshift”

2020 Reviewers

Penny Armstrong, CNM, MSN Writer/Midwife
Cynthia Blum Florida Atlantic University
Kathy Burke, PhD Ramapo College
Ed Burleson Henry Schein
Frances Chu
Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH Stony Brook University
Cecelia Crawford Kaiser Permanente
Jennifer Fisher Wilson Medical Writer/Editor
Ellen Ford Freelance Editor
Laura Fratello, MD Physician
Barbara Gastel, MD Texas A&M College of Medicine
Stanley Gotlin
Deepu Gowda, MD, MPH Columbia University
David Gruen, MD IBM Watson
Judith Hannan Writer
Rebecca Horn
Lorie Judson California State University, Los Angeles
Trent Kays, PhD Hampton University
Perri Klass, MD New York University School of Medicine
Laure Park Endo International
Kathy Pecht Leonia Arts
Janet Piscitelli Quest Diagnostics
Tom Rosenal University of Calgary
Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig Florida College of Medicine
Craig Wynne, PhD University of the District of Columbia