Advice on Choosing a Career Path

Of all the topics about which I’ve written so far, none has been as dreaded as this. Students in middle and high school receive countless opinions on how they should decide what they want to do “when they grow up.” The stress of choosing a career path is substantial and many times overwhelming. I, too, have an opinion, and so I will share it with you today.

Delaware HOSA Hosts Rare Disease Day Event

Updated (3/7/2017)

Nemours Hosts 3rd Annual Rare Disease Day

Global Dental Relief Scholarship

Join Global Dental Relief on a trip!
Pre-dental and pre-dental hygiene scholarship presented by Cranberry
Global Dental Relief is proud to offer a new scholarship starting in 2017! 
Cranberry Scholarship Program -- $1000 each for five lucky students to attend a Global Dental Relief trip and experience dentistry firsthand.


Louisiana HOSA Member Peyton Pipher Wins Contest to Go to Inauguration

BELLE CHASSE - A high school freshman and HOSA member will be packing his bags and heading to Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration. It's a dream come true for a teenager, who has known since grammar school, that he wants to run for public office.  You may not know who Peyton Pipher, 14, is, but give him time. Since fifth grade, he's had a passion for leadership, politics and the news.

2017 HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors Announced

The HOSA-Future Health Professionals is proud to announce the 2017 HOSA, Inc. Chair, Brock Rops, who was recently elected at the annual Board of Directors Meeting held in Southlake, Texas.  Other officers elected:  Dr. Peggy Enslen, Chair-Elect (DE), and Janet Villarreal, Board Secretary (TX). 

Join the Popsicle Challenge!

HOSA is excited to work with NAMI for the next two years in raising funds and awareness for mental illness. Texas HOSA has stepped up and is challenging it's members to the Popsicle Challenge in order to "Freeze Mental Illness in its Tracks."  Join the challenge with Texas HOSA by creating a challenge in your chapter or state!

Check out the Popsicle Challenge


Palmdale Teacher Aims to Break Indoor Climbing Record to Inspire Student

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A Palmdale High School attempts to set the world record for climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest at an indoor gym. The educator wants to inspire a former student to return to school after she survived a shooting two years ago.

"He's always out to help other people,” said Jason Wells, a longtime friend of Tim Klein, a Palmdale High School teacher. “Everything he's doing, he's always thinking about the people around him."

Koshland Museum Brings Earthquake Experience to Arizona

Extreme Event on the Road: High School Students in Phoenix Choose Resilience

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.