This March, 22 students represented the University of Ottawa at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals Spring Leadership Conference (SLC) in Toronto. HOSA organizes national and international conferences comprised of debates, case studies and exam-based competitive events, with a heavy focus on team-work, leadership, and simulation of medical practices. Originally founded over 40 years ago in the United States, HOSA is an organization devoted to providing high school and university students with an opportunity to explore their passions for healthcare. Now in its 3rd year, the Canadian HOSA organization is rapidly expanding, with the most recent introduction of a University of Ottawa HOSA chapter in 2016.
Over 2000 students from high schools and universities across Canada came to compete in over 40 events such as Forensic Medicine, Pathophysiology, and Veterinary Science. The University of Ottawa’s first SLC was one marked by success, as gold medals were won by Keshav Goel, Rishi Gupta, Olivier Brandts-Longtin, and Graham Sanford on the Biomedical Debate team, and by Jahnusha Shriraam in the Pharmacology event. These five medalists qualified for HOSA’s International Leadership Conference, set to be held this summer in Orlando, Florida, where they will compete against the top HOSA members from around the globe. These competitors will also have the invaluable opportunity to participate in enriching workshops, network with like-minded students and professionals, and ultimately grow their understanding of biomedical science and healthcare.