2003 Essay Contest Winners

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.

For the 2003 contest, medical students were asked to write an essay using the following prompt:

Tell a story that illustrates humanism in medicine.


2003 Essay Contest Winners

First Place | To Touch the Dying
Thalia Margalit, 1st year student at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Second Place | Humanity–Lost and Found
Anela Bonic, 2nd year student at Creighton University School of Medicine

Third Place | Garlic Every Day, and Other Wisdom
Perry Wilson, 2nd year student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Honorable Mentions

  • Marc R. Matrana, 2nd year student, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
  • Sharon Graham, 3rd year student, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • George Nelson, 2nd year student, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Rebecca Gettelman, 4th year student, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • Elissa Meites, 4th year student, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Douglas P. Olson, 1st year student, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Matthew T. Standridge, 4th year student, East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
  • Jonathan D. Patterson, 2nd year student, University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine
  • Rachel Mercer, 2nd year student, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Shantanu Agawal, 4th year student, Joan & Sanford I Weill Medical College of Cornell University