Up until now, this blog has mostly focused on my journey to becoming a physician. I know, however, that the world of health (and thus the interests of HOSA members) reaches far beyond patient care. To that end, I’m excited to begin branching out and interviewing extraordinary people who are impacting health and medicine through work in many different fields. I couldn’t think of a better person with which to begin this series.
Of all the topics about which I’ve written so far, none has been as dreaded as this. Students in middle and high school receive countless opinions on how they should decide what they want to do “when they grow up.” The stress of choosing a career path is substantial and many times overwhelming. I, too, have an opinion, and so I will share it with you today.
Since 2015 Delaware HOSA has partnered with Nemours for an annual Rare and Chronic Disease Research Event in conjunction with Rare Disease Day. National Rare Disease Day is always the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives. The event engages and involves HOSA members in science, research & STEM-related careers through education, mentorship, and hands-on experience, to help guide the future health professionals.
Interested in public health? Apply to be a Public Health Leadership Scholar!
Scholars learn about current and emerging issues and explore career pathways found in the field of public health while working with some of the leading public health officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Applications for the 2017 Public Health Leadership Scholars programs are now available on STEM Premier. All HOSA members, advisors, and alumni are invited to apply!
BELLE CHASSE - A high school freshman and HOSA member will be packing his bags and heading to Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration. It's a dream come true for a teenager, who has known since grammar school, that he wants to run for public office. You may not know who Peyton Pipher, 14, is, but give him time. Since fifth grade, he's had a passion for leadership, politics and the news.
The HOSA-Future Health Professionals is proud to announce the 2017 HOSA, Inc. Chair, Brock Rops, who was recently elected at the annual Board of Directors Meeting held in Southlake, Texas. Other officers elected: Dr. Peggy Enslen, Chair-Elect (DE), and Janet Villarreal, Board Secretary (TX).
HOSA is excited to work with NAMI for the next two years in raising funds and awareness for mental illness. Texas HOSA has stepped up and is challenging it's members to the Popsicle Challenge in order to "Freeze Mental Illness in its Tracks." Join the challenge with Texas HOSA by creating a challenge in your chapter or state!
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A Palmdale High School attempts to set the world record for climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest at an indoor gym. The educator wants to inspire a former student to return to school after she survived a shooting two years ago.
"He's always out to help other people,” said Jason Wells, a longtime friend of Tim Klein, a Palmdale High School teacher. “Everything he's doing, he's always thinking about the people around him."
The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States invited Virginia HOSA members to participate in their annual conference on November 30, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC.
As promised earlier, here is my guide to soliciting letters of recommendation or evaluation. One of the most stressful parts of applying to a health career program is the requirement to obtain letters from professors, mentors, and supervisors. Programs may have basic requirements (for example, at least two letters) or very specific demands (two letters from professors of science, one letter from a medical doctor, and one letter from a volunteering supervisor). Often, the stress results from inadequate preparation and waiting too late to ask potential writers.
As a Future Health Professional, you’re no doubt aware of the importance of networking. Health careers can often seem like a small community; in even a large city you’ll find that you run into the same people over and over again. So getting to know key people and maintaining strong relationships with those who are in a position to help you can be incredibly rewarding. As a student, though, you may think that networking is the domain of current health professionals alone. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
The 2016-2017 Goodheart-Willcox Outstanding Service Awards recognize local HOSA chapter advisors, one from each of the three HOSA regions who have made outstanding contributions of local, regional, state and national significance to the promotion, development, and progress of HOSA–Future Health Professionals. The award sponsor, one of HOSA’s loyal partners, Goodheart-Willcox Publisher strongly believes in the HOSA mission and is honored to sponsor these awards for HOSA advisors whose contributions serve to educate today’s youth to be tomorr
HOSA is pleased to present the 2016 Fall edition of the HOSA e-Magazine. We are grateful to the National Executive Council, States and Chapters for contributing to a great e-Magazine. Please take a moment and read all of the informative articles.
The Joint Medical Chair (JMC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense/Health Affairs (OASD/HA) hosted the 7th Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable on November 15 -16, 2016, at the National Defense University (NDU), Fort McNair, Washington D.C., with three HOSA alumni members and two national officers in attendance. The members representing HOSA were:
October 2016: HOSA-Future Health Professionals and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are pleased to announce a partnership which will focus on engaging youth around mental illness. The partnership was selected by delegates, representing more than 9,300 members, who voted at the 2016 International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN, on June 23, 2016 to select NAMI as their newest service project.
HOSA members and chapters are invited to take part in the 2016 Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge. The app challenge is a free, STEM-based online competition for students in grades 6th through 12th. Led by a teacher or mentor, teams work together to solve a problem in their school or community by creating a mobile app concept to provide a solution.