Telegram: UMMS leadership conference opens students’ eyes to possible health careers

April 07, 2014

A leadership conference at UMass Medical School, which drew more than 250 members of the MassAHEC HOSA organization, opened high school and college students’ eyes to possible health careers, according to an article in the Sunday Telegram & Gazette.

"I'm thinking of becoming a dentist," Worcester's North High School junior Kehinde Abegunde told the Telegram & Gazette while making a resin tooth. "It opens my eyes."

The fifth annual State Leadership Conference, hosted by the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center Network (MassAHEC) within UMass Medical School, aims to increase statewide access to educational opportunities in healthcare to high school and college students. MassAHEC HOSA is the state affiliate of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, a national organization. MassAHEC is at the Center for Health Policy and Research, a unit within UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.

Students at the conference participated in 21 competitions, four seminars and nine hands-on clinic stations that included prosthetics, vital signs, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, and AED/EKG simulations.

Jorge Sanchez, Jr., assistant director of the Office of Massachusetts Client Relations at UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, delivered the keynote address.