Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
Our names are Ashley Silva and Anilese Peterson. We are both juniors in the Allied Medical Services program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. As part of our learning opportunities at the HACTC, we participate in a group called HOSA.
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) is a National organization for students that are interested in a future career in healthcare. A membership in HOSA allows you to attend conferences and participate in different competitions at the conferences. This year’s competition was held at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College where we, students from the Allied Medical Services program, had a chance to participate in competitive events.
Different students from Allied Medical Services competed against other students from Vermont and New Hampshire HOSA. The competitions ranged from Medical Math to Forensic Medicine to CPR and even Medical Photography.
We both chose Medical Terminology as our competition. In order to prepare for the event, we spent time in class learning some medical terminology. This helped us feel prepared. I [Ashley Silva] also spent hours doing quizlets and trying to memorize vocabulary from the different body systems. We were expected to work on preparation outside of class to ensure we were ready for the competition. In addition to the competition, we also had the opportunity to participate in informative workshops at the state conference which helped build my knowledge and understanding of different fields in the medical profession.
Both of us had so much fun when we were at HOSA. We met some great people and made many new friends. Next year, when we have a greater knowledge of Medical Terminology, we hope to compete again.