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New competitive health organization forms on campus

New competitive health organization forms on campus

New competitive health organization forms on campus
September 19
11:37 2018

HOSA-Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America and simply called HOSA, has opened a chapter at UNT at the start of this semester.

The group — which participates in healthcare-based competitions and service event — will meet at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the Rawlins Hall lobby, and it already has about 20 members.

Public health freshman Rebeca Galindo serves as the president of the UNT chapter of HOSA and was previously involved in the organization in high school.

“I like to describe HOSA as being similar to UIL but for health professions,” Galindo said. “Events range from anything like medical terminology where you take a test or a skills event, like veterinary science, where you take a test over veterinary science and practice on a pseudo-dog.”

HOSA allows participants to reach several levels of competitions, such as regional and state contests. Beginning in mid-June 2019, HOSA competitors who qualify can attend an international conference hosted at the Disney Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando, Florida. Specific dates for competitions are currently unknown.

In addition to providing a competitive outlet to students from middle school through college, HOSA also helps health professionals network with students, awards a number of scholarships and sponsors student volunteer work.

“I definitely feel prepared because of HOSA and the opportunities I was able to experience because of it,” Galindo said. “There’s a partnership that HOSA has with the Medical Reserve Corps. I’ve been volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps since 2015, and that helped me decide that I want to do public health.”

Galindo formed the new HOSA chapter to continue her involvement with the group and to also supply her peers with a chance to start their own HOSA career. To gain membership, prospective members must attend meetings and pay a $40 fee to cover state and local dues.

Among the group of new UNT HOSA recruits is biology freshman Alexis Ojeda who hopes to continue his HOSA successes on the collegiate level.

“I was in HOSA for three years [in high school],” Ojeda said. “I wish I could have been in it for four. I think it gives you a sense of unity and experience. HOSA has a lot of opportunities for not only competitions but networking and meeting new friends that have the same goals as you. It’s a really good opportunity to expand not only in your career but also socially.”

Much like Ojeda, biology freshman Deserry Abarajano looks to HOSA not only as a chance to hone her skills but as a social outlet.

“College, at first, is lonely because everything is new, but I think having HOSA back will help me a little bit,” Abarajano said. “With all those trips to competition and hours of preparation, you meet a lot of people, and you get to do a lot of things that other people in other pre-health clubs don’t get to do. It’s an organization that has brought me so many opportunities that have really changed my life for the better.”

The UNT HOSA chapter is looking for student participants and additional faculty sponsors to help facilitate meetings. Anyone interested should contact Rebeca Galindo at RebecaGalindo2@my.unt.edu

Featured Image: Students interested in HOSA meet in the Rawlins Hall lobby. President Rebeca Galindo describes different HOSA competitions students can become involved in. Mallory Cammarata

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