Arnold P.Gold Humanism In Medicine Essay Contest

In a new interprofessional collaboration, winning essays by medical and nursing students will be published in both Academic Medicine and The Journal of Professional Nursing

FEBRUARY 14, 2018  —  The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is delighted to announce that the Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest will expand in 2018 to include nursing students, a collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The annual essay contest highlighting humanistic experiences has sought submissions from medical students for nearly 20 years.

“The winning essays have long provided a beautiful glimpse into the minds of students who are taking their first steps into an empathic career in healthcare. To strengthen the human connection in healthcare requires the work of the whole healthcare team, and we are truly excited to spread greater interprofessional understanding by welcoming nursing students into the Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest,” said Richard I. Levin, MD, president and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on humanism in healthcare.

“With health care becoming more team-based, AACN applauds the Gold Foundation for inviting nursing students to add their voices to the national conversation on the need to elevate the patient care experience,” said AACN Board Chair Dr. Juliann Sebastian. “Through the Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest, AACN is delighted to join with AAMC and the Gold Foundation to showcase exemplars that underscore the connection between interprofessional engagement and compassionate care.”

The Gold Foundation’s annual contest asks medical students, and now 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.  First-, second-, and third-place essays for both nursing and medical students will be chosen by a panel including healthcare professionals, writers/journalists, and educators.

Winners receive an award of up to $1,000. First-, second-, and third-place nursing and medical student essays will be published in The Journal of Professional Nursing, the journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The winners will be spread out among the 2018 October, November, and December issues with a winning medical essay and a winning nursing essay together in each issue. This innovative cross-publication is designed to foster interprofessional understanding.

“Humanism is at the core of what it means to be a physician, even as big data and technology grow in the clinical care setting,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO. “We are pleased to continue this valued partnership with the Gold Foundation to provide an opportunity for medical students, and now nursing students, to express the importance of humanism in their journeys to becoming caring health professionals.”

The Gold Foundation is committed to infusing and sustaining our healthcare system with a culture of compassion, caring, and respect for patients and the whole healthcare team. The Gold Foundation has created rituals, such as its iconic White Coat Ceremony, awards, and programs to support the dedication to compassionate patient care that draws so many to the healthcare profession.

Hope Babette Tang-Goodwin, MD, was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, whose devotion and generosity to the care of the children and infants with HIV infection in New York City was an inspiration to her colleagues and her students. Her approach to medicine combined a boundless enthusiasm for her work, intellectual rigor and deep compassion for her patients.

The prompt for the 2018 contest will be:

 “It’s not what you look at that matters, but what you see.”— Henry David Thoreau

Tell us about a healthcare experience with a patient or fellow clinician that led you to a new, unexpected understanding or perspective.

Students may submit their 1,000-word essays starting on February 15, 2018, here.

The contest will be open through March 31, 2018.

Media contact:

Brianne Alcala
Director of Communications
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Direct: 201-308-6920
Main: 201-567-7999

Annie Brewster, MD
Health Story Collaborative Founder and Executive Director

Arlene Katz, EdD
Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Barbara Gastel, MD
Professor, Texas A&M

Barbara Sadick
Freelance Health Writer

Prof. Bethany Johnson, MPhil, MA
Depts. of History and Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Craig Wynne, PhD
Assistant Professor, Hampton University

Deepu Gowda, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University

Ellen Ford
Freelance, Editor

Emily Morgan
English Instructor, John Tyler Community College

Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine Stony Brook University

Jamesetta Halley-Boyce, PhD, RN, FACHE
Associate Professor, Seton Hall University

Jennifer Fisher Wilson
Medical Writer/Editor, Thomas Jefferson University

Jessie Findlay
Senior Story Producer at Travel Channel

Joanna Sachar
Editor-in-Chief and Vice President (retired), Macmillan Publishing Company

Joseph Zuckerman, MD
Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York University School of Medicine

Johanna Shapiro, PhD
Director, Program in Medical Humanities & Arts, University of California, Irvine

Judith Hannan

Kathy Pecht
Founder, Leonia Arts

Kyle Nash, DMin
Medical Educator

Laura Fratello, MD
Infectious Disease Specialist

Lawrence K. Altman, MD
Writer, New York Times

Lisa Becker

Lisa M. Wong, MD
Assistant Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School

Marcia Day Childress, PhD
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Marcia Soltes

Marguerite J. Purnell, PhD, RN1
Professor Emeritus, Editor, Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig
Director, Medical Humanities Program, University of Florida College of Medicine

Paul Gross, MD
Editor-in-chief, Pulse – Voices from the heart of medicine

Penny Armstrong, CNM, MSN
Nurse-Midwife, Author

Richard Colgan MD
Professor; Vice Chair for Medical Student Education and Clinical Operations
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Scott Alderman
Executive Director, Center for Narrative Practice

Serena J. Fox, MD
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Attending, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center

Shari Foos, MA, MFT; MS, NM
Founder, The Narrative Method; Founder BRIDGE Program at Antioch University Los Angeles; Adjunct Professor, Narrative Medicine and The Narrative Method, Antioch University Los Angeles

Stacy Gallin, DMH
Founding Director, Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust

Stephen Borg
Publisher, North Jersey Media Companies

Therese Jones, PhD
Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, University of Colorado Denver

Thomas Dahlborg
President, Dahlborg Healthcare Leadership Group (DHLG)
Director Health Care, Global Listening Centre Board (India)

Tom Rosenal, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor Emeritus, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Trent Kays, PhD
Assistant Professor, English and Modern Foreign Languages, Hampton University

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