Times are changing quickly. A Forbes study concluded that two-thirds of doctors in America expect the quality of healthcare to decline. With the recent horde of healthcare reforms and insurance complications, many healthcare providers worry for the future of patient care.
Considering the need of the hour, the Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) organization strives to ensure a qualified work force for tomorrow’s health care industry. The Early College at Guilford HOSA chapter (ECG HOSA) is one of the organization’s 3,200 chapters across the nation.
Each year, the State Leadership Conference is ECG HOSA’s most-anticipated event. The conference inspires club members to explore specific elements of the healthcare system, including Forensic Medicine, Clinical Nursing, Biotechnology, and Medical Photography.
Rooted in a high school of only 200 total students, ECG HOSA faced a shortage of funding sources. A daunting $800.00 state registration fee threatened to bring progress to a standstill. Through a timely partnership with the Center of Principled Problem Solving (CPPS), ECG HOSA received a grant to sponsor 16 competitors to attend the 2013 State Conference. Held at the Joseph Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC, the 36th annual State Leader Conference began on of April 11th and culminated on the 14th.Competitors arrived at their events, dressed in business attire and ready to demonstrate newly acquired knowledge of a host of other medical specialties.
Through the course of one action-packed weekend, ECG HOSA students would be involved in everything from mock trauma surgeries to eye refraction demonstrations to nail-biting Medical Spelling bees.
For many, participating in the State Conference was the exciting first milestone in their HOSA "careers." These club members described their experiences as "enlightening," "nerve-racking, but rewarding," and even "life-changing."
For other veteran members of the club, the State Conference was the capstone in a memorable journey with HOSA. Senior students like Matthew O'Neill (Treasurer) and Colin Hayton (Parliamentarian) still reflect upon their experiences and hope to found HOSA chapters at their undergraduate schools.
While the conference was an enriching experience for each and every competitor, it was beyond rewarding for a few privileged students. 7 HOSA club members were distinguished at the Grand Awards Session as finalists in their events. Even more exciting, three students (Danielle de Preez, Matthew O'Neill, and Rishab Revankar) will represent ECG HOSA at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.
With an exciting year behind them and plenty more to come, ECG HOSA has demonstrated the initiative to lead the healthcare community in the not-so-distant future.