2021 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 2021 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:


2021 Essay Contest Winners


2021 Medical Student Winners





First Place | “Dear Reader”
Ross Perry
University of California, Davis School of Medicine






Second Place | “Motherhouse”
Davina Ran
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry






Third Place | “Someone Else’s Mother”
Fletcher Bell
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons



2021 Nursing Student Winners





First Place | “New Constellations”
Hunter Marshall
University of New Mexico College of Nursing






Second Place | “Nurses Encounter Diversity”
Anna Swartzlander
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing






Third Place | “Empty Beds”
Jessica Grey
University of Massachusetts, Amherst College of Nursing


2021 Honorable Mentions

  • Rebekah Boyd, fourth year, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, “Bound Together”
  • Michaele Francesco Corbisiero, second year, University of Colorado School of Medicine, “Through the Partition: Medical Care in Detention Centers”
  • Levi Brice Edouna Obama, fourth year, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, “Vox”
  • Benjamin Elliott, second year, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville, “Cerumen and Cisplatin”
  • Kristopher Jackson, nurse practitioner and PhD candidate, University of New Mexico School of Nursing, “Empathy and Expletives”
  • Jenna Nowlin, second-year master’s student, Regis College, Young School of Nursing, “Untitled”
  • Bharat Sanders, fourth year, Medical College of Georgia, “Taking Back Our Empathy:
  • Reflections on a New Model of Medical Education”
  • Yichi Zhang, Tulane University School of Medicine, “Smile”
  • Brian Zhao, third year, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, “Untitled”
  • Eleanor Wade, fourth year, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, “Nightshift”

2021 Reviewers

Penny Armstrong, CNM, MSN Writer/Midwife
Kathy Burke, PhD Ramapo College
Sally Cohen NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH Stony Brook University
Marie Perillo Dworkin Stony Brook University
Jennifer Fisher Wilson Medical Writer/Editor
Ellen Ford Freelance Editor
Laura Fratello, MD Physician
Barbara Gastel, MD Texas A&M College of Medicine
Deepu Gowda, MD, MPH Columbia University
Rebecca Horn
Trent Kays, PhD Hampton University
Perri Klass, MD New York University School of Medicine
Kathy McGuinn, MSN, RN, CPHQ, FNAP American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Laure Park Endo International
Kathy Pecht Leonia Arts
Tom Rosenal University of Calgary
Patricia Sexton, MS, DHEd, FNAOME Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig Florida College of Medicine
Craig Wynne, PhD University of the District of Columbia
George A. Zangaro, PhD, RN, FAAN American Association of Colleges of Nursing