IMG_0040The Hawaii HOSA Future Health Professionals Student Leadership Conference was held February 19th and 20th, 2014 at the Hawai’i Convention Center.  Four UH Maui students competed in various health-related skill competitions with Sai Furukawa taking first place and Jonathan Garcia placing second, respectively, in Medical Terminology.  Ruby Riker and Chris Castro also competed working diligently to make a great showing on behalf of Maui College.

After the awards ceremony, UHMC students were treated to an encouraging and inspiring hands-on look at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Dr. Ivy Nip Asano, Director of Admissions introduced the program, Dr. Steven LaBrash presented a hands-on anatomy lab, and Dr. Damon Sakai delighted the students with stimulation manikin Mary Wong and active learning activities. Congratulations to our UHMC HOSA students!

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership. Hawaii HOSA membership has increased to over 1,300 members representing 22 high schools and 8 post-secondary institutions.