Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest – Submissions due March 15

The annual 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. Submissions that touch upon students’ personal experiences of humanistic care or stories of family and friends are also accepted.

First, second, and third place essays for both nursing and medical students are chosen by a panel including healthcare professionals, writers/journalists, and educators. Winners receive monetary awards of $1000, $500 and $250, and their essays are published in Academic Medicine and The Journal of Professional Nursing.

For the 2022 contest, using the following quote 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 of family and friends are also accepted. Submissions may not exceed 1,000 words.

“Creating a connected life begins with the decisions we make in our day-to-day lives. Do we choose to make time for people? Do we show up as our true selves? Do we seek out others with kindness, recognizing the power of service to bring us together?”

Submissions for the 2022 contest are now being accepted through March 14th. For more details, visit Eligibility, Selection Criteria, and Process.

This post was authored by Academic Affairs on 02/25/2022.