Virginia HOSA attends AMSUS Conference

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. 


Letters of Recommendation and Evaluation

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.


Networking as a Student

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.

Happy Holidays from your National Executive Council

The 2016-17 National Executive Council wishes all HOSA members a healthy and happy holiday season.  This year, we encourage all HOSA members to give back to their communities during the holidays.  

Watch the National Executive Council Holiday message

Use the hashtag #HOSAServe to share the good things your members and chapters are doing in your community to make a difference.


2016 Goodheart-Willcox Outstanding Service Award

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

2016 Fall e-Magazine

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.

Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable

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: 

HOSA Announces New National Service Project with NAMI

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.


Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge

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.


Step It Up Challenge


2 weeks. 1 challenge.
HOSA, get ready to walk as much as possible.

Over the last year, the Surgeon General has been challenging
communities across the country to get up and get moving.


Choosing Schools Part 2

As promised, here is part two of my four-part series on applying to medical school. In the first installment, I discussed crunching the raw numbers to find schools where you’ll be academically competitive, and we also covered some in-state/out-of-state stuff. Now, I’d like to talk about the next step, which is much more holistic. Admittedly, this part of the selection process cannot be complete until you’ve interviewed (which will be covered in part four of this series), but it is essential to narrow your list as much as possible before applying so as to save money.


CVS Health: One Choice Changes Everything

Across the country, many lives in the communities we serve are being touched by the opioid abuse epidemic. One in four teens have misused or abused prescription drugs once in their lifetime, with most getting them from a family’s medicine cabinet. The problem is a complex one, with many causes and challenges, but CVS Health and HOSA are working hard to address the effects of prescription drug abuse and prevent it from affecting more lives. 

Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!

ACTE’s CTE Month® 2017 Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest is open! This contest offers CTE students the chance to create videos that inform viewers of the value of career and technical education while simultaneously showcasing the great work students are doing in their own schools. This year’s video will make use of the CTE Month 2017 tagline, “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!

Surgeon General Announces Turn the Tide Rx Campaign

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to have Surgeon General Vivak Murthy with us at HOSA's 2016 International Leadership Conference and we are pleased to join his Turn the Tide Rx movement against the opioid epidemic.  Every day, more than 75 people in our country die from a prescription drug or heroin overdose. In 2013, nearly 249 million prescriptions were written for opioids – enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills.

2016 HOSA Washington Leadership Academy

HOSA invites all State Officers and Local Chapter Leaders to join us in Washington, D.C. for the 10th Annual Washington Leadership Academy (WLA). WLA features dynamic workshops and interactive activities to teach HOSA leaders to be better advocates of HOSA’s mission and vision.  This action-packed experience is the highest level of leadership development for HOSA-Future Health Professionals.  Learn more at


2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar Blog

The 2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar participants have been writting about their experiences on the PHLS Blog that can be found here - 2016 PHLS/HOSA Blog
The week-long seminar is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG) and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS).  


2016-2017 HOSA Theme!

HOSA-Future Health Professionals announces the 2016-2017 theme:  Leadership, Service and Engagement
Leadership--focus on HOSA’s core values (lead, learn, serve, innovate); have the vision to operationalize and sustain an organization to strive for excellence!
Service—focus on exceeding expectations (within your local chapter; with partners; in your school; and in your community)