2008 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 2008 contest, medical students were asked to write an essay or story on the theme “How Patients Teach Their Doctors about Humanism in Medicine.”


2008 Essay Contest Winners

First Place | An essay
Emma Layton Swingle, 3rd year student at University of Washington School of Medicine

Second Place | My Most Famous Patient
Amit V. Khera, 3rd year student at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Third Place | An essay
Andrew Lehn, 3rd year student at Medical College of Georgia

Honorable Mentions

  • Charles Beale, 1st year student at Universidad Central del Caribe
  • Emily Berke, 3rd year student at Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Shawn E. B. Brown, 1st year student at University of Michigan Medical School
  • David Fitter, 4th year student at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Anna-Binney McCague, 4th year student at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Peter Pressman, 4th year student at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
  • Valentina Rodriguez, 2nd year student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Andrea Wershof Schwartz, 3rd year student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Vivek K. Shenoy, 2nd year student at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Benjamin Silverberg, 3rd year student at University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Susan Szulc, 4th year student at Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Sean J. Udow, 2nd year student at University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine
  • Neelam Vashi, 4th year student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine