Pre-Med Club joins HOSA


Dani Desrochers, Staff Reporter

Recently, Holy Trinity’s Pre-Med Club has undergone a transition into a new organization called HOSA. Health Occupational Students of America is a national organization dedicated to preparing students for the medical field. This new plan for the Pre-Med Club aims to engage and excite students about the medical field. “There are many benefits to joining HOSA because it helps you interact with the field and see what you like so you can find your forte,” says vice president of the club Isabella Muniz. 

Before the HOSA program, doctors would be invited to come to speak about their profession and give a lecture. “At the beginning of the year, we would have doctors come in and talk about their experiences, and then there would be a Q and A session afterward,” says the president of the club, Sophia Hibner. 

With Mr. Chiarella as the director of the Pre-Med Club, meetings would happen about once a month in his room while students would meet to discuss. 

“The old system was more of a passive listening to people and trying to absorb information, which is fine, but I don’t think it’s as effective, especially when trying to educate people and try to get them towards the health field. This way, the club is more interactive and engaging so people are more interested,” Hibner says. More activity and engagement by the students will help HOSA to become ingrained into the Holy Trinity Pre-Med Club. 

Due to COVID this year, getting people together for a Pre-Med Club meeting has been difficult, and the club has become a background extracurricular for a resume. The HOSA program changes this by allowing students to participate in competitions around the state for prizes. 

Hibner says “I think it will be a fun experience going to competitions and finding out what your interests are.” The old system of doctors coming in to give lectures will go on, however. “Part of the HOSA bylaws is that we educate students. I think bringing doctors to speak is part of that mission of HOSA. We will still be having doctors come in,” says Hibner. 

This new HOSA chapter at Holy Trinity will benefit students by helping them develop an active interest in the medical field, while learning about the medical field before college. 

“Next year at the beginning of the year everyone will pick an event to work on and prepare for that event all year like the regional competition or maybe even state,” Hibner said when describing the new system for HOSA. “There are HOSA chapters in college, so I think it’s beneficial to get the experience in high school and get to learn new things. They will be prepared for college which prepares them for the medical field,” Muniz says. With HOSA chapters in college, HOSA in high school would prime students for a leadership role as they go on to participate in college as well as have the experience of what competition is like. 

“My biggest goal is to make Pre-Med Club more engaging and interactive and to level up participation,” Hibner says. “I want to try to get more people involved in health services.” The opportunity for more involvement in the medical field from an earlier age is something never seen at Holy Trinity before, making Hibner and Muniz as well as Dr. Roslonowski pioneers of medical involvement of the HT student body.  

“My role is to keep everyone organized, especially for next year when we organize committees into sections that we will be competing in, getting people ready for competition, just overseeing progress to ensure everyone is working hard to reach their goals,” said Muniz. As people will choose their own specialty to learn about and prepare for, Pre-Med will become a new responsibility for the students participating in HOSA competitions. 

This new enterprise for Holy Trinity’s future medical community is a way for students to learn and get excited about their futures rather than going to a Pre-Med Club just as a resume builder. 

“I think for the new system, the direction we are taking is better because this way we can open it up to more fields, not just the medical field like biotech and pharmaceuticals,” Hibner says. HOSA will not only be for those who plan on becoming doctors and surgeons in the hospital, but it is also for other areas such as medical technology for those who have a knack for innovation technologically. “I think listening to doctors is a good way to find out about the different areas in the medical fields and explore new options.” Hibner elaborated. 

This new system will go into action at the beginning of next school year. Students who are interested in participating should contact either Hibner or Dr. Roslonowski in room 404.