HOSA, or Health Occupations Students of America, is one of the largest health and medicine based clubs in the United States. With over 200,000 members and 51 chapters nationwide, HOSA is a highly influential club as well. As someone who has been an active member in HOSA for the past three years, I can certainly confirm that HOSA is a club worth joining. Here are some reasons why you should join this great club!
1. It's About Healthcare.
Chances are, if you are considering joining HOSA, you have some interest in the medical field. HOSA can help strengthen that interest or help you discover new interests.
2. You Meet Like-Minded Individuals.
If you're interested in healthcare and join HOSA, others are probably joining for the same reasons. Through HOSA, I have had the opportunity to meet some great friends who also want to go into the medical field. It's definitely a great place to network.
3. You Meet Actual Healthcare Professionals.
Through HOSA, I have been able to meet a wide variety of healthcare professionals and learn directly from them. They have shared their experiences and offered valuable advice and insight.
4. Competitive Events.
One of the best parts of being in HOSA is participating in competitive events. With events ranging from medical reading to veterinary science, there's an event for everyone interested in healthcare. It's a great way to learn more about your interests while engaging in intense and fun competition!
5. HOSA State.
Not gonna lie, HOSA state is kind of a big deal. It's easily one of the most anticipated events of the year and for good reason. If you make it past regional testing, you get to move on to state. For about two and a half days, you travel to your state's chosen location and compete to see who's truly the state champion of your event. The top finalists get to go to Nationals.
HOSA is a 100% student-run organization, and it offers plenty of opportunities for leadership.
7. Scholarship Opportunities.
HOSA offers plenty of scholarship opportunities for its members, a valuable commodity considering how expensive medical school is.
HOSA internships are some of the most coveted medical internships available, with students scoring spots at places like the office of the Surgeon General.
Through HOSA, I have been able to gain actual, hands-on experience in the medical field of my choice, and it has been invaluable.
10. College Applications.
Of course, we can't forget college. HOSA is a wonderful addition to any college application.