Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

The submission process for the 2020 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest is now closed. Thank you to all of those that submitted essays, we look forward to reviewing your submissions.

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.

The 2020 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest is now open. Students are 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:

The essay contest is now closed and submissions are being reviewed by our panel of judges. Please stay tuned to our newsletter and social media for information about the winners. 

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.

2019 Essay Contest

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

Medical and nursing students were asked to write about an experience where they or a healthcare team intervened to engage compassionately and respectfully with a vulnerable patient to help them feel accepted and seen.

2019 Medical Student Winners

First Place | “The Healing Yellow Raincoat”
April Butler, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Second Place | “A Second Home”
Neha Verma, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Third Place | “The Hallmark Store”
Henry Bair, Stanford University School of Medicine

2019 Nursing Student Winners

First Place | Untitled”
Kathleen Schultz, University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate School of Nursing

Second Place | “Knowing Noah”
Jessica Corcoran, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Third Place | “The Bubble Bath”
Chelsea Huffhines, University of Kansas School of Nursing

2019 Honorable Mentions

  • Rebekah Boyd, rising second year, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, “Birthday”
  • Pallavi Basu, 2019 graduate, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, “Portrait of a Woman”
  • Jaqueline Chipkin, rising third year, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Maxine Dube, rising second year, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, “Why Is My Mother Out of Bed?”
  • Kristina Hila, 2019 graduate, University of Michigan School of Nursing, “Fear of Being Human”
  • Anand Jayanti, 2019 graduate, Texas A&M Health Science Center, “Riley Finding Home”
  • Whitney Kellett, rising fourth year, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, “I Need You to See Me”
  • Lenexa Morais, rising second year, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, “The Little Artist”
  • James Nguyen, rising fourth year, Penn State College of Medicine, “Knock, Knock”
  • Sable Zuza, rising fourth year, Oakland University School of Nursing, “Kindness and Transformation”

2019 Reviewers



Annie Brewster, MD Health Story Collaborative
Arlene Katz, EdD Harvard Medical School
Barbara Gastel, MD Texas A&M College of Medicine
Barbara Sadick Freelance Writer
Bethany Johnson. MPhil UNC Charlotte
Bill Barr Henry Schein
Cecelia Crawford Kaiser Permanente
Craig Wynne, PhD Hampton University
Cynthia Blum Florida Atlantic University
Deepu Gowda, MD, MPH Columbia University
Ed Burleson Henry Schein
Elaine Adler Adler Aphasia Center
Ellen Ford Freelance Edtor
Frances Chu
Ghada Dunbar Kaiser Permanente
Inez Tuck MGH Institute of Health Professions
Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH Stony Brook University
Jamesetta Halley-Boyce, PhD, RN Seton Hall University
Janet Piscitelli Quest Diagnostics
Jennifer Farrington Becton Dickinson
Jennifer Fisher Wilson Medical Writer/Editor
Jerome Lowenstein, MD NYU Langone
Jess Deutsch Jess Deutsch Consulting
Jessie Findlay Story Producer Travel Channel
Joan Vitello UMass Medical School-The Graduate School of Nursing
Joanna Sachar Macmillan Publishing Company
Johanna Shapiro, PhD University of California, Irvine
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
Larry Altman New York Times
Laura Fratello Physician
Laure Park Endo International
Lisa Wong Harvard Medical School
Lorie Judson California State University, Los Angeles
Louise Aronson University of California San Francisco
Lynne Vittorio
Marcia Day Childress, PhD University of Virginia School of Medicine
Marguerite J. Purnell, PhD, RN; AHN-BC Florida Atlantic University
Nancy Hanrahan Northeastern University School of Nursing
Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig Florida College of Medicine
Paul Gross, MD Pulse – Voices from the heart of medicine
Penny Armstrong, CNM, MSN Writer/Midwife
Perri Klass, MD New York University School of Medicine
Richard Colgan, MD University of Maryland
Scott Alderman Center for Narrative Practice
Serena J. Fox, MD, PhD Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
Shari Foos The Narrative Method
Stacy Gallin Maimonides Institute for Medicine
Stanley Gotlin
Stephen Borg North Jersey Media Companies
Susan Gennaro Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing
Tara Shewchuk Medtronic
Therese Jones, Ph.D. University of Colorado Denver
Thomas Dahlborg Dahlborg Healthcare Leadership Group
Tom Rosenal University of Calgary