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Future Health Professionals, or Health Occupations Students of America, (HOSA), is one of the Career Technical Student Organizations that offers students who are interested in the medical field opportunities to be exposed to the most current events in science. This includes state and national competitions in addition to conferences, which students develop and use their leadership skills and learn about the different medical fields.

Pareen Mhatre ‘18 decided to start a new Chapter at West when she found out about the organization through a family member, “I have a niece who is a senior at a high school in Texas and I recently came into contact with her and she told me about HOSA, and she told me it was an organization for students who want to pursue medicine.” Mhatre said. She was motivated to form this new Chapter in order to gain more experience in the field of medicine, “I wanted to become a pediatrician since I was seven years old. Up until now I haven’t done anything to actually help me and others get where I want to be, but I mean I think starting a chapter that involves medicine can help expose us to where we want to go.” Mhatre said.

In addition they compete in state competitions across the US and if they qualify they go to a national competition in Orlando, Florida. In the competition students have the opportunity to compete in several events, ranging from dental terminology to veterinary science.

Students at West are looking forward to participate in a few of events at the competition. One of these events is the HOSA Bowl. In this event a team of 3-4 students take a written test as well as higher-order thinking skills. The top two teams then compete by answering questions asked by a moderator. After a series of elimination rounds a team is the first place winner. Another event students are going to compete in is the Biomedical Debate. This consists of a written test and then a debate for first place.

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“I wanted to become a pediatrician since I was seven years old. Up until now I haven’t done anything to actually help me and others get where I want to be, but I mean I think starting a chapter that involves medicine can help expose us to where we want to go.”

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