Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a pre-health organization with an established chapter on the UT campus and is a collegiate branch affiliated with National HOSA. Its mission is to provide a forum for the discussion of health issues, aid students in preparing for professional health school, provide a social environment in which pre-health students can meet other pre-health students, and give our members the opportunity to give back to the community in the form of volunteer activities.
Each academic school year, HOSA associates itself with a philanthropic cause and works to raise awareness on and around campus. This year, HOSA’s target is to help out families affected by cancer. Ten percent of the organization’s fundraising efforts and member dues are donated to this specific cause. HOSA philanthropy chairs will be hosting events around UT concerning the specific cause.
This year, this chapter has begun to place special emphasis on HOSA competitions at the state and national level. Students have the opportunity to compete in a variety of events including knowledge tests, speaking events, and specific health related skill competitions. In the past year alone, the number of students participating in these competitions has tripled, with more than 35 individuals representing the HOSA UT chapter at the collegiate level. In 2014 state competition will be held in San Antonio, Texas (March 2014) and those that qualify will attend the national competition in Florida (Summer 2014).
In addition to philanthropy, fundraising, and competitions, HOSA embarks on many volunteer opportunities throughout the year to lend a helping hand to the surrounding community. HOSA becomes involved with diverse spectrum of other organizations both medical and non-medically related in order to help its members develop a well-rounded resume for health professional school applications, gain real world experience, and develop people skills.
HOSA meetings are held bi-weekly on campus throughout the semester. Anyone remotely interested in pursuing a health-related career is welcome to attend. No specific major or GPA requirement is needed in order to become a member of HOSA. For more information on this chapter make sure to like ‘TXHOSA’ on Facebook or check out the organization’s website www.txhosa.org.