Health Professions students attend leadership conference

e-Connections Post Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions

Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School participated in the 2013 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference March 21-24 at the Convention Center downtown.

This year’s conference theme was “Build a Better You” and concentrated on leadership skills, healthy habits and academic competitions.

Twenty-six students and three advisors participated in the four-day event and competed in such activities as debating biomedical issues, delivering speeches, displaying job-seeking skills, creating a poster and demonstrating CPR and first aid tactics.

The competition was fierce: More than 2,000 students from throughout the state attended the event. Health Professions junior Simranjeet Benipal placed fourth in the Medical Math category (he was 10th in a previous year and is getting closer to placing in the top three medaled awards) and Karla Garcia placed in the top 15 scorers on the Health Care Issues Exam, which was taken by more than 500 students.

All students displayed professional behavior, took risks in trying new competitive events and participated in a variety of workshops, including “Medical School Admission Criteria”; “Health Disparities and You”; and “Strange Deaths! Bizarre Ways People Have Died!”

Students also worked in teams, encouraged each other in preparing for events, calmed each other’s nerves, and (mostly) followed instructions of HOSA and their advisors. Students and advisors are already getting ready for next year by looking at new challenges and new ways mentors and staff can help kids prepare more for competition next year.