The Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk (BCMBAR) HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) chapter recently competed at the 2022 Texas HOSA- Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference in Galveston, Texas. After two years of virtual conferences, students represented their school in person and competed in events related to healthcare, such as medical art, medical math, and presentations on careers and innovation in medicine.
During the Grand Awards Ceremony, 45 students won awards in their medically themed event. Students competed individually and in teams, collectively earning 31 awards for the school. Additionally, 31 students qualified to attend the International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Rebecca Hiatt, HOSA Advisor at BCMBAR, was also recognized as the Texas Middle School HOSA Advisor of the Year.
“They have researched, studied, and prepared for this all year,” said Katherine Harris, Baylor College of Medicine STEM Specialist. “Many of them were mentored by physicians and students at BCM and Rice University. No matter if they win or lose, the real benefit comes from this preparation. The skills they are gaining will serve them well as they continue their studies and prepare to become the next healthcare leaders.”
HOSA is one of the nine Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), specially for students interested in health sciences careers. CTSOs are student-led organizations that extend learning beyond the classroom through innovative programs, collaboration with business and community partners, and leadership opportunities. One of the foundations of HOSA is participating in community service projects. BCMBAR HOSA received a certificate of recognition for their efforts in raising money and awareness for Be the Match, HOSA’s National Service Project.
Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Rusk is the only middle school campus in the Houston Independent School District to have a HOSA CTSO chapter. HOSA is also the largest student organization on the campus. By participating in HOSA, students learn from industry partners, network with peers and employers for internships and scholarships, and develop valuable skills to become future leaders in health and medicine.