By Samantha White
Last week TAFP staff Juleah Williams presented scholarships to winners of the family medicine competitive event at the Health Occupations Students of America – Future Health Professionals state conference in Galveston. High school students interested in health care careers presented projects at the event, which were judged by health care professionals. TAFP presented scholarships of $750, $500, and $250 to first, second, and third winners respectively.
The HOSA family medicine competitive event is sponsored by AAFP and requires high school students participating to learn about the specialty, focusing on several topics including medical education and career options, the importance of preventive medicine, financial implications, and more. Ultimately, students are asked to study the specialty as a way of deciding if it might be a possible future career choice. AAFP’s involvement is in hopes of reaching their goal to ensure that no less than 25% of medical school graduates choose family medicine by the year 2030.
Thank you to TAFP members Sam Mathis, MD, and Jan Bateman, MD for their participation in this year’s conference. HOSA is always looking for health care professionals as volunteers in a number of capacities. If you are interested in volunteering with the organization, you can complete this brief form and TAFP will be in touch about your involvement.