April 28, 2017

HOSA - Dawn Plomp


HOSA - Dawn Plomp

     A few weeks ago, on March 20th, 18 students from the Allied Medical Services program traveled to Manchester, NH to compete in various competitions at the Health Occupation Students of America’s (HOSA) annual state conference.  HOSA is a national organization created for students to develop their competencies and leadership skills in health care.  The most important part of the conference is the various competitions that students participate in.  If a student places in the top three in their individual competition, they are given the opportunity to attend the National HOSA Conference.  The National Conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee this summer. 

     From the Allied Medical services program, we had three third, three second, and three first place winners  Luckily for the three first place winners, the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, has agreed to pay their expenses in order to attend Nationals. This will give those three winners the opportunity to compete against the winners from other states.

     Another significant part of HOSA is networking and meeting people.  When you go to any HOSA event, you are told to “GNAP” with as many people as you can.  GNAP stands for Greeting, Name, Affiliation, and Purpose.  The point of this networking game is to talk to various people and make new friends, thus making connections at the same time. Of course, these connections may come in handy later. Consider this, maybe the gentleman you met from Newport gives you a lead on a great job, you go to the interview and get the job, all because of a connection you made through HOSA.  

     The Allied Medical students were all happy to have this experience at HOSA and hope for another great conference next year.