Three students from Knox County Career and Technical Center have earned top three rankings in the state at the HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) competition.
The Knox County trio consisted of Madison Wagers winning first place, Alexis Mills winning second, and Haylee Gambrel rounded out the top three. All three are juniors. Their HOSA sponsor and health sciences instructor is Lorri Smith.
The Healthcare Issues Exam provides student members with the opportunity to investigate, analyze and apply their knowledge of current health related issues. This event consists of a
multiple-choice test and one essay question used to break a tie. This event aims to inspire members to be proactive future health professionals and stay informed about current issues in the healthcare field.
Types of questions that were on the exam include these past samples:
- Zika was considered a nuisance virus until a massive outbreak in Brazil linked the virus transmitted by mosquitos to babies born with what condition? (Microcephaly)
- A research study at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was conducted to see whether a transfusion of a child’s own umbilical cord blood containing rare stem cells could help treat which disease? The results were impressive; more than two-thirds of the children showed improvements. (Autism)
- In January 2017, WHO called on all countries to closely monitor outbreaks of which deadly disease, and promptly report human cases that could signal the start of a pandemic? (Avian influenza in birds)