A conversation with the leaders of VPCI’s newest club: HOSAVP.


October 21, 2015

Last month, on October 2, the Team of Club Leaders hosted a Clubs Fair where students could visit and sign up for clubs which interest them. Among these clubs was HOSA-Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America. This Texas-based organization not only aims to educate students with an interest in health sciences on the subject, prior to entering a postsecondary institution, but also supports them during their university or college years. The club at VP is led by Ishraq Joarder, Julie Gan, Muhammad Khattak, Rohak Bardalai, and Naushin Rahman. This month, they are among the clubs being featured in the Spotlight section.

Zamir Fakirani: “HOSA is often considered the “medical DECA.” Do you feel as though this is a fair standard?”

Ishraq Joarder: “Both DECA and FBLA are world renowned organizations and HOSA is starting to become more popular. All [three] organizations have the same aim of educating students and creating future professionals. HOSA is … more focused on the health science sector. Yes, it is fair to call HOSA the medical DECA.”

ZF: “The goal of HOSA is to “offer Canadian … students the opportunity to advance their knowledge in the health sciences.”1 Do you feel as though VPCI has a demand for this type of program?”

Muhammad Khattak: “There are many students within VPCI that would like to pursue medical careers. HOSA is the perfect opportunity for these students. It gives them access to study resources and the opportunity to compete at a national level.”

Julie Gan: “HOSA helps prepare students with such goals and it will also help them get the experience and knowledge they need to succeed in pre-med and med courses.”

ZF: “Why do you feel as though competition-based clubs such as HOSA, DECA, and FBLA have the success rates that they do?”

Rohak Bardalai: “They tend to gain popularity through trial. Some join for the sake of joining but leave wanting to do better the next year. They talk to their friends about it and conjure the same feelings in them. It’s a kind of positive feedback cycle that only benefits those involved.”

JG: “If people are willing to work hard for what they want or what they are passionate for, it is not surprising for such competitive organizations to have so much success. It serves as proof of their dedication and diligence.”

ZF: “Why did you personally feel as though it was important to bring this club to VPCI? Are you interested in the field of health sciences?”

MK: “Yes, we are a group of interested students. We felt that HOSA would be a great opportunity for ourselves and for many other students like us. The competition at the end of the year for HOSA offers a wide variety of events and topics, giving students the ability to explore the field of their interest and compete in a format they are comfortable with.”

Naushin Rahman: “We felt that this club would allow people who are interested in the sciences to gain valuable experience in this field as there is no specific focus on health sciences in our current curriculum. This is a great learning experience for all of us.”

IJ: “When I first heard of HOSA, I instantly wanted to be part of it. I want to pursue a career in medicine and in Grade 9 and 10 there were clubs like DECA and FBLA at VPCI, but nothing related to the health sciences which is my interest. I think the reason we got such a good turnout was because students were waiting for someone to start up this club and I’m glad to be part of it.”

ZF:Why do you believe that health-based clubs are gaining in popularity? For example, this year saw the rise of two new major health clubs, those being HOSA and KidneyCARE.”

            IJ: “More students are starting to become interested in the healthcare sector and many want to pursue careers related to healthcare. Also, clubs like HOSA and DECA provide students with an opportunity to compete against fellow students and acquire skills that are sometimes unattainable in school.  As a result, the demand for these clubs is increasing and once these clubs start becoming available for students, there is a lot of interest and active participation.”

If you are interested in learning more about HOSA or would like to know more about the club, do not hesitate to contact any one of the club leaders.


1HOSACanada. N.p., n.d. Web.