2019 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 2019 contest, medical and nursing students were asked to reflect on the following quote and tell us about an experience where they or a healthcare team intervened to engage compassionately and respectfully with a vulnerable patient to help them feel accepted and seen.

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” — Maya Angelou

2019 Essay Contest Winners

2019 Medical Student Winners

First Place | “The Healing Yellow Raincoat”
April Butler, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Second Place | “A Second Home”
Neha Verma, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Third Place | “The Hallmark Store”
Henry Bair, Stanford University School of Medicine

2019 Nursing Student Winners

First Place | Untitled”
Kathleen Schultz, University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate School of Nursing

Second Place | “Knowing Noah”
Jessica Corcoran, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Third Place | “The Bubble Bath”
Chelsea Huffhines, University of Kansas School of Nursing

2019 Honorable Mentions

  • Rebekah Boyd, rising second year, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, “Birthday”
  • Pallavi Basu, 2019 graduate, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, “Portrait of a Woman”
  • Jaqueline Chipkin, rising third year, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Maxine Dube, rising second year, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, “Why Is My Mother Out of Bed?”
  • Kristina Hila, 2019 graduate, University of Michigan School of Nursing, “Fear of Being Human”
  • Anand Jayanti, 2019 graduate, Texas A&M Health Science Center, “Riley Finding Home”
  • Whitney Kellett, rising fourth year, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, “I Need You to See Me”
  • Lenexa Morais, rising second year, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, “The Little Artist”
  • James Nguyen, rising fourth year, Penn State College of Medicine, “Knock, Knock”
  • Sable Zuza, rising fourth year, Oakland University School of Nursing, “Kindness and Transformation”