2020 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.

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:


2020 Essay Contest Winners

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