2015 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 2015 contest, medical students were asked to write an essay using the following prompt: “A critical part of providing excellent patient care is getting to know your patient. Tell us a story about a time when learning a non-medical piece of information about a patient led to an improved healthcare outcome and/or patient experience. Use relevant examples from your experience.”

2015 Essay Contest Winners

First Place | Being the Narrator
Joanna Sharpless (GHHS 2013), 4th year student at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Second Place | The Doctor Will See You Now
Katrina Lynch, 3rd year student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Third Place | Gauze and Guns
Samantha Gridley, 2nd year student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Honorable Mentions

  • Kevin Xu, 1st year student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Fatima Fahs, 3rd year student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Rachel Manzo, 4th year student at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Philip Cawkwell, 3rd year student at NYU School of Medicine
  • Mina Mousa, 3rd year student at University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Robert DeGrazia, Jr., 3rd year student at The Commonwealth Medical College
  • Bradley End, 4th year student at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Elisa Walsh, 3rd year student at Harvard Medical School
  • Oriana Hunter, 3rd year student at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Sheila McThenia, 3rd year student at University of Florida College of Medicine