2024 Dr. Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2024 Dr. Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest.
Deadline: March 13 at 11:59 pm PT 

Using the quote below as inspiration, medical and nursing students are asked to reflect on humanism in healthcare, drawing from their experiences as an individual or as a member of a healthcare team (doctors, nurses, therapists, patients and families, etc.). Stories about the experience of family and friends are also accepted.


Submissions may not exceed 1,000 words.

Judges will be looking for essays that directly respond to this year’s prompt and connect strongly to the Gold Foundation’s mission of humanism in healthcare for all. Winning essays will illuminate how the human connection can make a meaningful difference in care.

This contest is highly competitive. Before submitting, please carefully review your essay, considering the following criteria that will be used to select winners:
  • Reflects the contest prompt and resonates with the mission of the Gold Foundation
  • Narrative content (the piece is compelling, thought-provoking, and/or elicits a strong emotional response by the reader)
  • Demonstrates strong writing style (grammar, spelling, structure, etc)

By submitting an essay to the contest you agree to abide by the Essay Contest Terms and Conditions.

The essay contest is open to medical students at accredited schools of medicine in the U.S. and Canada and nursing students at AACN member schools. Students at international medical schools that have a Gold Humanism Honors Society (GHHS) chapter are also eligible. Find more information under Eligibility.

2024 Dr. Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest Prompt:

Using the following quote, reflect on an experience in any healthcare setting where you or another healthcare team member worked to put the person at the center of care.

“The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.” — William Osler