Competitive Events Breakdown


Deciding what competitive event to participate may appear a daunting task at first. We've made it easier for you. Here is a list of competitive events, a short video, a brief description of the event and questions to ask yourself before choosing your event.

By facilitating HOSA events in the classroom teachers cover a multitude of National Health Care Skills Standards.

Click here to view a matrix of standards covered by each competitive event.

Health Science Events

Event Guidelines Video Description Description of Event If ‘yes,’ this could be your event.
Medical Terminology
Dental Terminology

Medical Terminology
Dental Terminology
These events are written tests. They include 100 questions and some tiebreaker questions. The event guidelines contain resources to help the HOSA member in deciding what to study. Do you do well on written tests? Do you like to study and learn the facts? Can you copy your existing knowledge to new information in order to figure out the answer?
Medical Spelling
Medical Spelling
Event is a traditional spelling bee. Competitors must correctly spell a randomly selected word. One miss and you sit. The last remaining competitor wins. Are you a naturally good speller? Are you cool and able to think under pressure? Are you willing to study and learn medical terms, and all the root words, prefixes, and suffixes?
Medical Math
Medical Math
Competitors learn the conversion table in the event guidelines and then solve math problems to complete a 50-question test plus the breaker problems. Do you love math? Are you willing to learn the conversion tables?
Medical Reading
Medical Reading
An individual, consist of a 50-item multiple choice test with five (5) short essay questions. The questions will require the competitors to apply, analyze, and synthesize information from the assigned books for the year. Do you like to read?
Do you retain information?
 
Knowledge Tests
· Human Growth and Development
· Nutrition
· Pathophysiology
· Medical Law and Ethics
·Pharmacology
-Transcultural Health Care

All Knowledge Tests
These events are 100-item written tests. Competitors select one of the knowledge tests to take, study the area using the resources and following the event guidelines, and then take the test for competition. Do you do well on written tests? Do you like to study and learn the facts? Can you apply your knowledge to new information in order to figure out the answers?

Health Professions Events

Event Guidelines Video Description Description of Event If ‘yes,’ this could be your event.


Biotechnology
 
Clinical Specialty
 
Dental Science
 
Home Health Aide
 
Medical Assisting
 
Nursing Assisting
 
*Personal Care
 
Physical Therapy
 
Sports Medicine
 
Veterinary Science

Biotechnology
 
Clinical Specialty
 
Dental Science
 
Home Health Aide
 
Medical Assisting
 
Nursing Assisting
 and
*Personal Care

 
Physical Therapy
 
Sports Medicine
 
Veterinary Science
 
These events involve both a written test and skill performance related to a specific health career. (With the exception of Clinical Specialty.) Competitors practice, practice, and practice until they are proficient in ALL the skills in the event guidelines.
 
 
During the actual event, competitors take the written test and then may go to a clinical site to perform one or more of the skills in the guidelines.
 
 
Skill events offer an excellent opportunity to extend classroom learning and to work directly with health professionals in your chosen career field.
 
Do you plan to pursue a health career in any of the skill event areas?
 
 
Are you willing to take the time to learn all the skills in the event guidelines?
 
 
Are you willing to demonstrate your skills to one or more judges?
 
 
Do you prefer to work alone?
 
 
Can you apply your knowledge in a written test?
 
 

Emergency Preparedness Events
 
Event Guidelines Video Description Description of Event If ‘yes,’ this could be your event.
CERT
CERT
Certified Emergency Response Team includes skills needed to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. This 2-person team event will require you to use critical thinking skills in the scenario and will be timed and evaluated.
CPR/First Aid
EMT

CPR/First Aid
EMT
These skill events are for two-member teams who take a written test and then work together to demonstrate their skills in a simulated emergency situation. Do you want to work with a partner? Do you want to become skilled in providing emergency care? Are you willing to study and practice the skills and knowledge outlined in the event guidelines?
*Life Support Skills
*Life Support Skills
This event is designed for secondary HOSA members with special needs, and involves the demonstration of selected skills as described in the event guidelines. Do you want to improve your skills in the area of patient care? Do you want to learn more about first aid? Do you like to compete against other HOSA members to prove your skills?
Epidemiology
Epidemiology
This event is a written test and a case study relating to epidemiology – the study of the effects of health and disease in populations. Do you like to figure out the why and how of people falling ill?  Do you want to improve your scientific literacy?  Do you want to learn more about public health careers?
MRC Partnership
MRC Partnership
This event is to encourage HOSA members and chapters to develop a partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps. Do you like to develop relationships with adults involved in health care?  Do you like to plan activities to promote HOSA and the Surgeon General’s priorities?  Do you want to learn more about the Medical Reserve Corps?
Public Health
Public Health
This team event is to teach others about public health emergencies.  Each year, a topic is selected for the public health emergency.  The team develops a presentation to educate the public on the specific topic. Do you like to speak in front of audiences? Do you like to present information to groups of people?  Do you have a desire to learn more about public health?

HOSA Leadership Events
 
Event Guidelines Video Description Description of Event If ‘yes,’ this could be your event.
Researched Persuasive Speaking
Researched Persuasive Speaking
This event allows you to take a stand, either for or against one of two selected topics. You’ll research the topic to gather facts to support your opinion, write a paper, and then give a 4 minute speech to a panel of judges. Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Can you use facts to support your opinion convincingly? Are you willing to write a paper that clearly takes a stand, and supports an issue?
Extemporaneous Writing
Extemporaneous Writing
Competitors are given a secret topic that is health related, and have one hour to write an essay on the topic. Do you want to improve your writing skills? Can you express yourself clearly in writing? Do you have a general understanding of health related issues?
Medical Photography
Medical Photography
Competitors showcase photographs taken of different health science careers. Do you like photography?  Like to take pictures?  Like to explore different health science careers?
 
Job Seeking Skills
Job Seeking
and
Interviewing Skills
In this event, competitors write a resume, fill out a job application, and then participate in a simulated job interview. Your resume must look professional. Your job application must be complete and very neatly done. Finally, you must be able to speak with knowledge and confidence in your interview. Do you want to improve your ability to get a job? Do you have access to a computer and printer where you can create an impressive resume? Do you understand the role and responsibilities of someone in the job you are applying for? Do you have neat handwriting or good work processing skills?
 
Extemporaneous Health Poster
Extemporaneous Health Poster
Competitors in this event create a visual display of a health career issue/topic using poster board and pencils, crayons, a ruler, ink pens, colored markers/pencils, erasers, charcoal, pastels, and a pencil sharpener. The key focus is on the development of the secret topic (health issue) and the quality of information presented. Do you like to express yourself creatively? Can you take information and illustrate that information? Can you work neatly and artistically?
 
 
 
*Interviewing Skills   This event includes filling out a job application and being interviewed by judges. It is for secondary HOSA members with special needs. Do you want to improve your ability to get a job? Do you understand the role and responsibilities of someone I the job you are apply for?
*Speaking Skills   This event involves giving a prepared speech to a panel of judges. It is for secondary HOSA members with special needs. Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Can you express yourself clearly, distinctly, and with passion? Can you write a speech that is uniquely you and shows a deep understanding about HOSA?
Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy Lifestyles
Round One will be a written, multiple choice test that will assess content knowledge of health literacy topics such as the physical benefits of exercise, healthy eating, and avoiding risky behaviors. In addition, each competitor will set a personal goal and document his or her efforts in a personalized Healthy Lifestyle notebook. The time period will begin on or after September 1st of the competition year, and will conclude at the specific conference at which the event is held. Would you like to improve your health? Would you like to be a healthy role model for your friends and family? Can you set a goal and work hard to achieve it?
Prepared Speaking
Prepared Speaking and Speaking Skills
This event involves giving a prepared speech to a panel of judges. Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Can you express yourself clearly, distinctly, and with passion? Can you write a speech that is uniquely you and shows a deep understanding about HOSA?

HOSA Teamwork Events
 
Event Guidelines Event Description Description of Event If ‘yes,’ this could be your event.
Community Awareness
Community Awareness
This is a community service event. Chapter members work within their community to select a health-related issue and then raise community awareness of that issue. The product of the project is a notebook of activities and an audiovisual presentation that presents the project. The presentation will consist of 2-4 HOSA members. Do you work well as a member of team? Will you carry out your responsibilities as part of the project? Would you like to present your ideas and activities in a creative and professional way (either by computer or by other, more traditional, means)? Do you truly desire to help your community by providing health information?
HOSA Bowl
HOSA Bowl
Teams of 3-4 HOSA members take a 50-item multiple choice written test on HOSA knowledge, parliamentary procedure, medical knowledge and medical history. Teams that score high enough go on to play in a single elimination tournament by ringing a buzzer before the other team and correctly answering the most questions. Do you work well as a member of a team? Do you like to study and memorize health care facts, HOSA information, and parliamentary procedure? Do you have quick recall under pressure?
Health Education
Health Education
This event involves a team of 2-4 members who select a health-related concept or instructional objective, then prepare a lesson, provide instruction, and evaluate results. The instruction must include the use of presentation tools such as a student-made video, computer demonstration software, slides, overhead transparencies, or any other form of media.
 
Do you work well as a member of a team? 
Do you like to teach others?
Would you like to present your ideas and activities in a creative and professional way (either by computer or by other, more traditional, means)?
Parliamentary Procedure
Parliamentary Procedure
In this event, teams of 5-8 members learn about parliamentary procedure. For competition, they take a 50-item written test. Then, after having 15 minutes to analyze a secret problem, they conduct a simulated business meeting, addressing the motions in the secret problem. Do you work well as a tem member? Will you study Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) and learn how to conduct a business meeting? Do you think well on your feet?
Creative Problem Solving
Creative Problem Solving
Teams of 3-4 members will take a written test on 2 books they have already read, and the teams with scores in the top-half will continue on to the problem solving round where they are given a secret problem related to a health issue. They have 30 minutes to analyze the problem and then 10 minutes to present their solution to a panel of judges, who will ask questions about their solution and the problem Do you work well as a member of a team? Do you have good critical thinking and problem solving skills? Do you think well on your feet?
Biomedical Debate
Biomedical Debate
This event will consist of a formal debate loosely following the Lincoln-Douglas debate format. The new topic of debate will be announced annually. The teams will consist of 3-4 members. Do you like to debate? Do you like to collect information and organize data? Do you work well as a team member?
Health Career Display
Health Career Display
Teams of two competitors shall develop a visual display of a specific career in health, or a cluster of careers, by using a variety of mediums. Do you like to express yourself creatively and can concisely and expressively illustrate information? Do you work well as a team member?
Forensic Medicine
Forensic Medicine
Written tests and forensic medicine case studies—oh my! Try your hand at both in this event. If you watch and are fascinated by the forensic experts on CSI and have a strong stomach, this event is for you!
Public Service Announcement
Public Service Announcement
What do you have to say about health sciences? Partner with some friends and come up with ways to increase awareness or educate the general public on a healthcare issue or service.   Creative?  Outgoing? Interested in producing a DVD?  If you said yes, then this event is for you.
 
Recognition Events
 
Event Guidelines Video Description Description of Event If ‘yes,’ this could be your event.
Outstanding HOSA Chapter
All Recognition Events
Chapters plan activities all year following the areas in the Outstanding HOSA Chapter guidelines, and then create a scrapbook that contains proof of those activities. The scrapbook is judged and chapters who get the highest score earn gold, chapters with the second highest score are silver, and the third is bronze. Is your chapter active and involved? Are you willing to take pictures and keep records of chapter activities? Are you willing to follow the event guidelines and do all the things an outstanding chapter is judged by?
Healthcare Issues Exam
All Recognition Events
This event is a 100-item written test.  It measures a HOSA member’s knowledge of current health issues. All members who reach a mastery level are awarded certificates of achievement. Do you do well on written tests? Do you like to study and learn the facts? Can you apply your existing knowledge to new information in order to figure out the answer?
 
National Service Project
All Recognition Events
Does your chapter want to learn more and do more for another Healthcare organization? See your advisor for this year’s project. All chapters who participate are recognized. Do you want to make a difference for another organization and the people they serve?
Barbara James Service Award
All Recognition Events
This event provides recognition to individual HOSA members for outstanding volunteer service in their community. HOSA members fill out an application that describes their volunteer efforts, and are recognized for their achievements. Do you want to make a difference in your community?
HOSA Happenings
All Recognition Events
Chapters will tell the story of their chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, throughout the year, using a print newsletter, electronic newsletter, or website. Does your chapter have a newsletter, electronic newsletter or website? Well… send a copy to Michigan HOSA!
 
All Recognition Events
HOSA chapters who identify volunteer activities in three goal areas that serve the school and community during HOSA Week will receive recognition for their contributions.  These three goals are:  1) provide school or community service, 2) promote opportunities in health care, and 3) show appreciation to the health care community. Did your chapter complete activities during HOSA Week?
Do you want recognition for activities you did during HOSA Week?
 

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