Tomorrow’s doctors, nurses and other health professionals aren’t waiting for a diploma to contribute to their fields. Several Rockets set themselves apart in a recent statewide competition among health science and biomedical programs in events testing their medical knowledge, presentation skills and analytical abilities.
The UToledo chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals competed remotely for the first time in the organization’s annual State Leadership Conference against chapters from other Ohio colleges and universities. More than 1,000 teams from high schools and postsecondary institutions participated in the competition.
“Despite the challenges faced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our members continued to showcase dedication and pride,” said Rupesh Boddapati, a bioengineering major as well as founder and president of UToledo’s chapter of HOSA Future Health Professionals. “We cannot thank them enough for their participation as well as their involvement in the UToledo chapter.”HOSA Future Health Professionals, founded in 1975, is an international student organization with more than 245,000 members that helps to develop leadership and technical skills in health science education programs around the world.
Qualifying students were:
• Aditya Acharya, first place in medical law and ethics;
• Amarjot Bhangu, first place in job-seeking skills;
• Rupesh Boddapati, first place in pathophysiology;
• Sharvari Brahme, third place in prepared speaking;
• Samhitha Dasari, second place in human growth and development;
• Maya Girn, second place in cultural diversities and disparities;
• Megha Girn, second place in nutrition;
• Jeremy Mathews, second place in medical math;
• Drew Pariseau, first place in nutrition;
• Jessica Rinehart, third place in medical math; and
• Calvin Sunny, third place in medical law and ethics.