HOSA State Leadership Conference 2016

Wagner, E., Hong, C.

HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA’s mission is to enhance the delivery of healthcare by providing future medical students with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and leadership to aid them in the future as professionals.

East Tech students that are a part of HOSA had the option to compete at this year’s leadership conference. The conference took place at the College of Southern Nevada from Monday, March 14- Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

The State Leadership Conference is a convention in which HOSA students compete in a variety of medical events. SLC helps student develop social skills as well as workplace skills. The events range from a Health Career Display, in which students create a display illustrating a health care profession, to Healthy Lifestyle, where students are required to choose a healthy lifestyle and document it. Students who rank 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at SLC will have a chance to then compete at the national level at the National State Leadership Conference. This will be held this summer, from June 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee.

We interviewed two sophomores, Cinthia Qiu and An Tran, who are competing at SLC this year.

Why did you join HOSA?

“I joined HOSA because I felt like it was going to be a fun experience for me because I get to meet new people who have the same interests.” – Cinthia Qiu

“I wanted to join HOSA because I wanted to do something that helped me develop more skills needed in life and HOSA helps me with that. It teaches people compassion, leadership, character, how to build self-confidence, etc. and I think those are important qualities that you need, not only in the medical field, but in life itself.” – An Tran

            What made you want to compete at state?

“I wanted to compete at state because in HOSA that’s one of the main things to do, combining your interests with things you’re good at. For example, there is PSA, which is video making Health Career display for artsy people, and CPR to demonstrate skills. Etc.” – Cinthia Qiu

“I wanted to compete at SLC because it seemed like a lot of fun and a huge opportunity to gain experience and learn new things.” – An Tran

What event are you competing in? What is it?

“I am competing in Medical Spelling. During the beginning of the school year, I took an online test. I placed top 10 of the state and got to go to a spelling bee conference. This is useful to me because I learned new terms and when medical teachers say the term, I know what they are talking about.” – Cinthia Qiu

“I’m competing in Medical Photography. You go around taking pictures of medical professionals in action, such as dentists, surgeons, and ophthalmologists, for example. You’re probably thinking ‘oh wow, that’s so easy; you just have to take pictures of doctors,’ but it’s actually not. It really makes you step out of your comfort zone because you have to constantly contact medical professionals and ask for permission, and I was constantly rejected because of HIPPA and privacy laws.” – An Tran

Are you excited for state conference?

“Yes, I am super excited, it’s less than 24 hours away!” – Cinthia Qiu

“Yeah, I’m really excited, but at the same time I’m super nervous.” – An Tran

            What would you say to anyone who is thinking to join HOSA?

“I think it is such a good idea to join HOSA. You get more experience outside of the classroom. It also helps you prepare for the medical field. Plus, you get to skip school for three days and stay at a hotel with all of your friends haha!” – Cinthia Qiu

“I would tell them to join! It’s a lot of fun and we do a lot of team building activities that helps us make new friends; it’s really like a small family of people who all have the same interests as you.” – An Tran

For more information regarding HOSA, go see Mr. Ryan or go to the HOSA website at http://www.hosa.org/