2011 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 2011 contest, medical students were asked to write an essay based on the following prompt:

“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.”  – Parker Palmer

Write about your experience of how a role-model taught or influenced the way you practice/intend to practice medicine.

2011 Essay Contest Winners

First Place | Palliation
Nathan Dahl, 2nd year student at University of Nevada School of Medicine

Second Place | La Leche de la Madre
Natasha Naik, 1st year student at Stanford Medical

Third Place | The Heart in my White Coat
Natasha Demehri, 3rd year student at Florida State University College of Medicine


Honorable Mentions

  • Kirsten Austad, 3rd year at Harvard Medical School
  • Tasnim M. Beg, 4th year at Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Diana Brill, 3rd year at University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Joseph Cruz, 3rd  year at UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rachel Hammer, 2nd year at Mayo Medical School
  • Gil Hoftman, 3rd  year at University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
  • Angela Hyde, 3rd year at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Medicine
  • Mary Jane Lim-Fat, 3rd  year at University of Ottawa
  • Freda Ready, 1st year at Columbia University
  • Alexander Sheppe, 1st year at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine