The Texas Southern University Chapter of HOSA-ΓΗΡ (Health Occupations Students of America-Gamma Eta Rho) recently competed at the National HOSA Conference held in Orlando, Florida last June 24 – 29, 2014 and won honors for the university.
The students who participated were: senior Chi-Tam Nguyen, junior Tommy Quach, senior Autumn Pitre, freshmen Benjamin Caballero and Tan Nguyen. With over 8,000 members in total and over 700 post-secondary/collegiate members from across the US, TSU-HOSA members studied diligently and faced fierce competition in events such as Sports Medicine, CPR/First Aid, Dental Terminology, and Medical Photography. During the competition, members also participated in health-related workshops such as designing a prosthetic arm, building human organs responsible for gas exchange out of clay, and interactive exercise about respiratory care and the human brain.
TSU-HOSA Chapter competed against prestigious universities such as the University of Hawaii, New York University, University of Texas at Austin, and Unversity of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Furthermore, members competed against professionals who were EMT, CPR instructors, National HOSA photographers, nursing students, and Athletics Trainers.
All TSU HOSA members ended up as finalists in their competitive events, with one member, Chi-Tam Nguyen, placing 2nd in Sports Medicine and placed in the top 10% in the healthcare issue exams. In addition, TSU-HOSA members, Tommy Quach, Chi-Tam Nguyen, and Autumn Pitre received the Barbra James Service Award for their devotion to giving back to the community. Tommy Quach (7th Place CPR/First Aid), Ben Caballero (7th Place CPR/First Aid), Tam Nguyen (5th Place Medical Photography) and Autumn Pitre (7th Place Dental Terminology) also finished in their respective events as top ten finalists. Considering that this is the first time the TSU-HOSA Chapter has competed at nationals, they are looking forward to more accomplishments for the next academic year. The TSU HOSA delegates were accompanied by their adviser, Dr. Hector C. Miranda, Jr., Associate Professor in Biology and Interim Assistant Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College.
The TSU Chapter HOSA would like to thank Dean Lei Yu of the College of Science and Technology, Dean Humphrey Regis of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College, Biology department Chair Dr. Warren Williams, Professor Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe, and Associate Dean Dr. Shishir Shishodia of the Department of Biology for their unwavering support.