Eligibility, Selection Criteria, and Process

Following are details about contest eligibility and the review and selection process.


The essay contest is open to medical students at schools that are members of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and nursing students at schools that are members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Students at international medical schools that have a Gold Humanism Honors Society (GHHS) chapter are also eligible.

Medical schools must have at least preliminary accreditation status from AAMC and AACOM.

Review Process

The Gold Foundation includes outside experts to support the review process and make recommendations to the Gold Foundation. Based on these external recommendations and internal reviews from Gold Foundation staff, the winners of the Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Narrative content (the piece is compelling, thought-provoking, or resonates with the mission of the Gold Foundation.)
  • Demonstration of strong writing style (grammar, spelling, structure, etc)
  • Reflection of the annual prompt

The Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which we define as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. Winners of the Essay Contest are expected to reflect these values in daily practice and to continuously strive to be exemplars of humanism in healthcare.

How to Enter

A call for essay submissions opens annually at the beginning of February. The 2022 contest is now closed and essays are under review.

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

To ensure that you are made aware of this open call, please be sure to sign up for the Gold Foundation’s monthly newsletter, News and Notes.

Honoring the Winners

Winners receive a monetary award of up to $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

The nursing and medical student essays will be published both in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and The Journal of Professional Nursing, published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.