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2016 HOSA International Leadership Conference Brings Together Army Medical Soldiers and Future Healthcare Leaders

Aug 3, 2016

Innovate, inspire and ignite. Both HOSA and the Army share common values of motivating young, bright future healthcare professionals to succeed. That’s why Army Medical Soldiers traveled down south to Nashville, Tennessee from June 22-25, 2016 to engage with approximately 8,500 aspiring healthcare professionals at the HOSA International Leadership Conference.

The Army’s exhibit space featured a real medical Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter, or DRASH tent, complete with working medical technology and supplies, that was set up as it would be in the field. Army healthcare Soldiers were onsite to explain the equipment and situations in which the DRASH tents are used, as well as talk about the important role that Army healthcare professionals play in Army life. 

Staff Sgt. David Bornstein speaks with HOSA students inside the Army's DRASH tent during the HOSA International Leadership Conference.

To demonstrate another important element of Army life, Soldiers and Army representatives also encouraged students in physical fitness challenges. With a little Army encouragement and the incentive to win prizes, HOSA students surprised themselves at their ability to do more pull-ups, sit-ups and push-ups than they thought possible. Between t-shirts, personalized dog tags, sunglasses, mobile pockets, branded pens, Army swag bags and a plethora of informational materials, no one walked away from the Army space empty handed.

Staff Sgt. Tyler Horras challenges a HOSA student to a push-up challenge.

The Army attended a VIP dinner which served as key networking opportunity between the Army, corporate sponsors, HOSA VIPs and state leaders. During the dinner, Lt. Col. Un Yong Rainey presented HOSA student Daniel Hughes with an ROTC scholarship. 

Lt. Col. Un Yong Rainey presents National HOSA member Daniel Hughes with an Army ROTC scholarship during the VIP dinner.

Throughout the conference, Army Soldiers hosted four workshops about healthcare-related topics that focused on education opportunities in the Army such as the ROTC program and scholarships, the multiple career and training opportunities that Soldiers experience, and the Army’s emphasis on healthy nutrition, sleep and activity – known as the Army Performance Triad. Soldiers shared their own career paths: an Army veterinarian, X-ray technician, Army nurses and medical recruiters helped address any questions about what it means to be a healthcare professional in the U.S. Army. 

Lt. Col. Un Yong Rainey and Captain Josette Gamba, both nurses in the Army, give career and nutrition advice to HOSA students during the Army workshop, “Achieve Your Professional Goals: The Importance of Sleep, Activity and Nutrition.”

Capt. Emmanuel Canoy, along with Capt. Josette Gamba, talk to HOSA students about career opportunities that the Army offers during the Army workshop, “A Healthcare Career without Borders: Unlimited Possibilities in the U.S. Army.”

The U.S. Army and HOSA share a commitment to promoting career opportunities in the healthcare field and enhancing the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. The 2016 International Leadership Conference was the Army’s 11th year of sponsorship at the event.

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