The Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students of Milton District High School participated in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) on March 25th and 26th. Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention, HOSA is a two day competition for students that wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

Students who participate in HOSA must choose an event to participate in, such as Clinical Nursing, CPR/First Aid, EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), Medical Terminology, Etiology, Nutrition, Pathophysiology, Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, and many more. Their scheduling at HOSA and their testing depended on the category they chose. Students that chose skills events were required to write a written exam on the first day.

If their placement in the written exam was high enough, amongst the other high school participants or teams, they would advance to the next round, which took place on Day 2. In the next round, they would be asked to perform any of the skills required for their event. Their scores would be tallied up from both written and skills tests, and added up. For the people with written exams only, their scores would come purely from their exam.

Out of the MD students participating in events that had 2 rounds, Lauren Choi (Biomedical Laboratory Sciences), Areej Amjad (Clinical Nursing), Shiza Ahmed and Hessa Asmani (CPR/First Aid), Christine Hoskin and Joshua Mohen (Emergency Medicine Technician), and Zia Baig and Vanessa Wilson (Forensics) qualified for the second round. They were all required to attend their practical exams on the second day. The second day was spent attending more workshops, writing written exams (for those who had them).

Congratulations to Joshua Mohan and Christine Hoskin for placing top 10 in their category of EMT and to Areej Amjad for placing first in her category of Clinical Nursing, and advancing to the International HOSA competition. She will be representing Canada in Florida at Internationals from June 19th-23rd.

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