2020 VILC Educational Seminars and Workshops

Educational Seminars and Workshops for the 2020 Virtual ILC will be listed in the classroom of the virtual conference platform.  There are tracks for both students and advisors.  Simply click the workshop you wish to view within the virtual classroom at any time Wednesday, June 24-Saturday, June 27. Workshops are listed in aphabetical order by presenting organization. Workshops highlighted in yellow will be featured live!

Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services

Bruce Barcelo
Program Coordinator

Don't Blow It! Vape Prevention in Schools That Works

Vaping is an epidemic in schools today. Over six million youth are vaping and 5,000 begin vaping every day. What direction should schools go? Should they treat it as a discipline issue or as an addiction? In this workshop, participants will learn about best practices and resources available for schools today. Participants will learn not only about primary prevention, but also about alternatives to suspension and cessation. What support is there for parents?  These important issues will all be covered in this workshop.

American Academy of Family Physicians

Renee Crichlow MD, FAAFP 
Director of Advocacy and Policy, University of Minnesota, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Ashley Bentley
Student Interest Strategist

Additional presenters include a panel of family medicine residents.

Finding Your Passion, Purpose, and Impact in Your Career

The hardest part of your path to a career will be determining what inspires you, what gives you purpose, and how you can make the biggest impact on people and society. Learn from a panel of passionate family physicians about how they found a career of service and purpose that keeps them whole. Hear stories and share laughs and tears with the speakers as you learn how family medicine impacts communities in and outside the exam room.

American Academy of Family Physicians


University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health


Tomoko Sairenji, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Christopher Yang
Medical Student

Sarah Case 
Medical Student

Aleksandr Robbins
Medical Student

Ashley Bentley
Student Interest Strategist

The Real and Raw Stories of Medical Students: The (Sometimes Bumpy) Path to Medicine and Finding a Career in Family Medicine

Join a panel of medical students to hear their unedited, real stories of how they made it to medical school, the highs and lows along the way, and what has inspired them to pursue a career in family medicine. Medical students will answer high school students’ biggest questions, like how they knew medicine was for them, the hardest parts of their journey, how they made it through, what they’ve learned about medical careers that they wish they knew in high school, and how to find a career that matches your drive, passion, and purpose.

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine

Mandy Nau
Career Promotion Strategist


Sports Medicine and Professional Athletic Injuries

Join this panel of podiatric physicians for a discussion about sports medicine as a career path in podiatric medicine.  Panelists will focus on how Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) address the types of injuries sustained by professional athletes, college athletes, active adults, and kids. 

American Dental Education Association

Elizabeth Johnson
Director of Recruitment for ADEA Application Services

There's Never Been a Better Time to Consider a Career in Dentistry!

The mouth is the mirror to the rest of the body. Dentists lead teams to provide preventive and restorative care to keep people healthy, alleviate pain, and treat patients’ oral health needs. They are at the forefront of research and developments in a wide range of innovative procedures to enhance dental and overall well-being. Dentists are instrumental in the early detection of oral cancers and systemic conditions that manifest in the mouth and that can affect the overall health of patients. It is a career that provides plenty of rewards and challenges as well as an opportunity to help people and make communities healthier places.  Come find out if dentistry is right for you!


Aaron Volkoff
Dual-credentialed Life-Science and CTE Instructor

Advisors - How to Incorporate the Anatomage Table into the Classroom

Tips and tricks to obtaining and incorporate new tech such as the Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table into your science curriculum.


Aaron Volkoff
Dual-credentialed Life-Science and CTE Instructor

Learning Anatomy with Anatomage

Viewing real human cadavers using a virtual dissection table.


Eddie Erickson
Veterinary Medicine  & Indiana HOSA Advisor

Utilizing Tools Like Anatomage for Veterinary Science Classes-Advisors Only

How instructors are using virtual dissection tables to teach veterinary biology.


Dr. Wendy Williamson
Assistant Professor, School of Science at University of Lynchburg

Anatomage Table Heart Chambers and Vessels

Using a real human heart with a virtual dissection table - online curriculum.

ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System

Izzy Roethel
A&P Instructor, Huntington Beach High School, California HOSA

Engaging Anatomy Students: Building Body Systems in Clay

Ignite passion in your health science studies by attending an engaging, multi-sensory, hands-on workshop of human anatomy. Through embodying the pedagogy of the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System, students gain a profound understanding of how the body systems are interconnected in form and function. Join for a fun and engaging workshop!

ASET- The Neurodiagnostic Society

Linda Kelly
Manager Epilepsy Monitoring Unit/MEG

Careers in Neurodiagnostics

Many students are interested in a career in healthcare, but few know about Neurodiagnostics. If you are interested in being an integral part of the care team for those suffering neurological related diseases/disorders such as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, brain tumors, and more, come here about the Neurodiagnostics profession. This career allows you to interact with patients and provide direct care that impacts patient outcomes. It is an evolving profession driven by technology and research. The need for Neurodiagnostic Technologists is great and graduates of programs are in high demand. You won't be disappointed if you choose a career in Neurodiagnostics. You are invited to join this session and learn more!

Be the Match

Benita Davis
Community Engagement Representative

Join the Race Against Time

For thousands of patients each year, they are in a race against time! Ethnicity is key and time is of the essence for these patients. There is a cure for blood cancers or blood diseases -a stem cell or marrow transplant- but first a genetic match must be found and that could be YOU.  This session will cover the ins and outs of stem cell donation and why patients with a diverse background are less likely to find a match. You will also discover ways that your chapter can work with Be the Match to bring awareness to the need, educate your peers, and even host drives within your community to diversify the registry. Be the Match is the leading nonprofit organization focused on saving lives through stem cell or marrow donation, but still need more committed donors to join their registry. 

Bronson Methodist Hospital and International Pathology Services

Bill Walker, M.D.

Pathology on a Global Scale - What Does a Missionary Pathologist Do?

Many health care professionals have a desire to become involved in medical missions, but they are not sure how to become involved or if their specialty is needed on the mission field. ALL health care specialties are needed on the mission field, even Pathology! This workshop will discuss what a pathologist does and how a pathologist became involved in worldwide medical missions over a decade ago through the non-profit organization International Pathology Services.

California Health and Human Services Agency


Marko Mijic
Deputy Secretary, Program and Fiscal Affairs


Building a Health Policy Career

HOSA Alumni discusses his career path in health policy and how HOSA played a role in the pathway.

CATCH Global Foundation

Duncan Van Dusen

Youth Vaping in 2020: Impacts of Regulatory Changes and COVID-19

This session will provide an up-to-date look at youth vaping including usage trends, product types, health effects, and the dangerous links between vaping and infectious diseases like COVID-19. You will also learn about current state and federal regulations around vaping and present evidence of results from the first and only evidence-based youth vaping prevention program, CATCH My Breath. Finally, learn how you can build your resume, gain important skills, and potentially earn school credit, all while having a significant impact on the vaping epidemic, with CATCH My Breath service-learning projects and college scholarship competition.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Rachel Jacobs, MHSH, MCRA, SCT (ASCP)CM

Serafina Brea, MBEE, MLS (ASCP)CM

Diagnostic Detectives - Clinical Laboratory Scientists

Come listen to clinical lab professionals describe the vital and dynamic field of Clinical Laboratory Medicine. You will have a brief overview of Clinical Laboratory Sciences industry, clinical testing operations, and career information.  You will go on a pictorial journey through the sections of a clinical laboratory to demonstrate how clinical testing helps the physicians and health providers diagnose and treat their patients.  Laboratory professionals provide answers that assist in diagnosing disease when multiple symptoms are present, revealing cancers of the cervix or blood, choosing the correct antibiotic for treatment and/or providing the optimal blood type for a blood transfusion. Students will be shown national salary statistics and educational requirements to help them advance within this industry.

Children's National Hospital

Iana Clarence
Program Coordinator, Youth Engagement and Community Health

Exploring Careers in Public Health

In the US, there is an impeding shortage in public health occupations due to an aging workforce, increases in chronic illnesses, and limited capacity of education programs. As the US population continues to grow older, it is expected that the health care/public health sector will become one of the fastest growing industries between now and 2026, with approximately 3.5 million new jobs that will need to be filled by future leaders. While public health professionals serve such a critical role in population health (most recently COVID-19), many high school and college students are unfamiliar with this field of work. This workshop will introduce students to the field of public health and why it matters; the role of public health in local communities, government agencies and health care systems; and the various careers in public health such as epidemiologist, biostatistician, health educator, communications specialist, public health policy advisor, and others.

Citizens Bank Student Loans

Concepta Williamson
Vice President/Relationship Manager, Student Lending

Financial Wellness Seminars

HOSA Students are “Made Ready for College.”  With so much changing, it's good to know you still have options when it comes to paying for college. Citizens Bank has made it a priority to develop quick and convenient ways to help you plan for college and learn about your financial aid options, without leaving the house. Access prerecorded finance college prep guides and learn how you can be financially well!

CreativEd Services

Kim Smith
Instructional Designer

Teaching in the New Normal

The recent COVID-19 pandemic reminded the nation just how vital schools really are, AND of the importance of healthcare heroes. Health science teachers embraced the sudden shift to remote learning in the spring despite the stark challenges that they and their students faced.   As schools struggle to reopen in the fall, we know we will be facing a new normal. Health science teachers must be ready to meet the learning needs of their students regardless of where, and how, that instruction is delivered. This workshop will address options for online learning, blended learning, and differentiated strategies for health science education.

Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC)

Luke Scuitto
Partnership Manager

Sarah Park
Outreach Associate

Sage Rosenthal
Policy and Advocacy Associate

Kacy Ninteau
Policy Intern

Policy, Workforce, and Career Considerations in Advance Care Planning

Follow the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) as they examine current trends and discussions of advance care planning (in light of COVID-19), and the resulting career, workforce, and societal implications. The presentation will also cover key policies in advance care planning along with practical ways to have the conversation in your community.

Derrick Hayes

Derrick Hayes

4 Things That TIE into Life Development

Before participants get a job, it is important for them to have life skills and life development. People must learn positive habits, learn how to network and build relationships, empower themselves, and overcome obstacles. A necktie is a resource and life development tool that can help participants understand the importance of life development.

U.S. Public Health Service


LIVE: Thursday, June 25, 2:00 PM CDT


Rear Admiral Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA


Non-Clinical and Unique Clinical Careers in Medicine

When thinking about a career in medicine, one usually considers clinical work in a hospital or clinic. However, the opportunities are much more diverse. A clinical practice can also be combined with non-clinical work. The opportunities are as wild as your imagination- and can even include work at the South Pole! The range of non-clinical careers includes research, teaching, policy development, regulatory/government, administration, consulting, and many others. One can also combine their clinical expertise with exciting opportunities such as serving as the medical back-up on worldwide explorations! This workshop will begin with a short assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of these atypical positions, will then describe several of them, and will end with adequate time for discussion and Q&A. This is meant to be a very interactive session.

Former HOSA Presidents


LIVE: Friday, June 26, 8:00 AM CDT

Priya Rathakrishnan
Former HOSA President 2017-2018

Sarah Fleischmann
Former HOSA President 2018-2019

Path to Leadership

Join two former HOSA Presidents as they share their HOSA journey from chapter member to Executive Council Member! They are excited to have you join them and to answer any questions you may have about leadership in HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

Four Diamonds Mini-THON

Anne Louise DeBord
Associate Director

Leigh Anna Hilbert
Associate Director

Four Diamonds Mini-THON: Funding Pediatric Cancer Research

Four Diamonds Mini-THON is a student-led turnkey project that is hosted in close to 300 schools. Last year, more than 90,000 students participated and raised over 7.2 million dollars. This program augments classroom teaching. Students participate in experiential learning and apply their classroom knowledge within their community by fundraising for pediatric cancer research. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in the US. The national budget only provides 4% of its funding to pediatric cancer research. Families rely on programs like Four Diamonds Mini-THON to supplement funding for research. Students can be part of finding a cure through this hands-on program, while also developing their leadership skills, critical thinking, and improving school culture.

Goodheart-Willcox Publisher

Linda Stanhope
Health Science Specialist and Co-Author

Kim Turnbull
Co-Author and Health Science Instructor

Med Terminology- Lab Techniques, Teams and Terms

Look at different strategies to make " Medical Terminology" fun for both instructors and students. Strategies include hands-on labs, research, skills, review games, case studies, quick quizzes and more.

Goodheart-Willcox Publisher

Mary McCarley
Goodheart-Willcox National Content Specialist


Incorporating Soft Skills into Your Lessons

Join Mary McCarley, 2016 SHAPE America Southern District Teacher of the Year and Goodheart-Willcox Content Specialist, as she shares the value of incorporating soft skills into CTE courses and strategies for successful implementation. Teachers will leave with new soft skills activities and assessments for their teacher toolbox. In addition, all attendees will receive complimentary access to soft skills resources from Goodheart-Willcox.

Health Professions Week

Mandy Nau
Executive Director

Guess Who? Panel

Health Professions Week is proud to present a virtual Guess Who? Panel!  Think you can tell the difference between an ND, a PA and an MD?  And what the heck is an ND?  We're here to break down common misperceptions and myths and make it FUN!  Health Professions Week (HPW) is a nationwide collaboration between today’s healthcare and education organizations designed to provide reliable, accessible resources to explore careers in the health professions. If you are considering a future in the health professions, HPW is your one-stop-shop to explore over 20 career options.  Join the virtual session at HOSA and explore careers confidently!

Heart Shine

Julie Ray

It's Just My Nature

You are uniquely wired with temperaments (different from personalities) that guide you on how you see and interact with the world. The more you are TRUE to your NATURE, the more you THRIVE, have self-love, and confidence. You will leave this workshop feeling more empowered and validated for your unique way of showing up in the world; more understanding and accepting of yourself and others; more confident in your communication; and a general sense of compassion and love for all.

HOSA Alumni

Aditya Vinjamuri
2015-2016 National Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President

William-Bernard Reid-Varley, MD, MPH
HOSA Board of Directors
NH VT HOSA Alumni Member

How to read a scientific paper

Although hundreds of basic science and clinical articles are published every year, not all are created equal.  The ability both to understand and evaluate scientific/clinical papers are key skills for maintaining and improving oneself as a healthcare professional.  In this workshop, designed primarily for post-secondary/collegiate and alumni members as well as healthcare professionals (although open to everyone), participants will learn the basics of approaching, reading, and analyzing papers published in professional scientific and clinical journals. 

HOSA Alumni

William-Bernard Reid-Varley, MD, MPH
HOSA Board of Directors
NH VT HOSA Alumni Member

Amit Sandhu
2015-2016 National HOSA President

Aditya Vinjamuri
2015-2016 National Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President

How to Start a Postsecondary/Collegiate HOSA Chapter

Do you love being a HOSA member and don't want it to end? Good news is...it doesn't have to end! The Postsecondary/Collegiate Division provides students in two- and four-year institutions with the same opportunities you currently enjoy.  In these interactive, question-answer format workshop participants will have the opportunity to seek guidance and advice to start a post-secondary/collegiate level chapter efficiently and effectively as well as learn the basic requirements for affiliating a chapter with the college administration as well as state and national level HOSA associations. 

HOSA Alumni

William-Bernard Reid-Varley, MD, MPH
HOSA Board of Directors
NH VT HOSA Alumni Member

Amit Sandhu
2015-2016 National HOSA President

Aditya Vinjamuri
2015-2016 National Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President

HOSA and Beyond: HOSA and Medical Career Journeys

There are many ways to make a difference as a HOSA member and future health care professional!  In this workshop, a former National HOSA president, a former National HOSA Vice-President, and a member of the National HOSA Inc., Board of Directors, will each share the story of their unique HOSA journey and their experiences thus far on the road to becoming practicing physicians. Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of both practical information and inspiration to lead and contribute in HOSA as they continue Towards Tomorrow! 

International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology

Faith Race
Certified Ophthalmic Technician

An Eye-Opening Career – Ophthalmic Medical Technician

This stimulating workshop will shine the light on career aspects of the ophthalmic medical technician, a little known, well-respected, and greatly in demand profession. Interactive methods will be used to demonstrate how a technician tests vision, and what else they can learn about a person's health while examining the eye. The tools and techniques ophthalmic technicians use to assist the ophthalmologist in the clinic and surgical setting will also be highlighted. You will learn what it takes to become an ophthalmic medical technician, what it means to be one, and how to become a part of a life-long and rewarding career field.

*Kaiser Permanente


University of Oklahoma Medical School


LIVE: Friday, June 26, 10:00 AM CDT


David Berman, M.D.

David Kelly
Medical Student

Here’s Your Details About Getting into Medical School!

Attend this session to get an overview of college choices, selection of undergraduate majors, details about the medical school admissions process, and insight into which medical schools to consider applying.

Leadership Initiatives

Marshall Bailly
Executive Director

Live Virtual Diagnosis in the Developing World

Discover how technological innovation is transforming healthcare around the world. Participants will be transported to a hospital in Bauchi State Nigeria, where using a doctor in Nigeria as an extension of themselves, one pre-trained high school student will use Oculus Rift Goggles to examine and diagnose a patient who cannot afford medical care. This presentation is hosted by Leadership Initiatives in a partnership with Georgetown University. Each summer they host the world's first internship program for high school students in advanced diagnostic training on the four leading causes of death in the developing world: malaria, typhoid fever, nutritional anemia, and acute respiratory infections (ARI). For their final project students diagnose a patient using Oculus Rift technology in sub-Saharan Africa with a doctor in real-time and recommend a treatment. Learn more at www.bethechangenow.org.

Memorial Hermann Life Flight

Joshua Cools
Director of Business Development

Memorial Hermann Life Flight

This presentation will highlight Life Flight, including its history, operations, and the path to employment.

National Association of Parliamentarians

Theljewa Garrett, PRP
Chairman, Youth Committee

You’re Officially Invited to Membership!

The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) is excited to invite you to their interactive workshop on how membership in NAP can help you avoid chaotic and poorly run meetings. You will receive tips on preparing for and passing the Membership Exam and hear about the advantages of ParliPro for today's youth/student member.

National Geographic Learning/Cengage

Nicole Robinson
Product Manager

Andrea Kingman
Product Marketing Manager

Distance Learning with National Geographic Learning's Health Science Simulations in MindTap

Whether learning at home or in the classroom, students using National Geographic Learning's MindTap for Health Science programs can experience live learning labs to engage in soft skills, ethical decision making, medical terminology, and procedures required for national certifications. See how digital content, virtual labs, simulations, and certification prep can provide a safe environment to prepare students for their careers for multiple health care disciplines.

National Consortium for Health Science Education




Nancy Allen
Executive Director

Lara Morris

Being a Control Freak May Be Good for Your Health Science Program!

Being a control freak is not always bad. Control what you can control! And meet a friend, National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE)—the national authority for health science education! NCHSE believes a deliberate approach to deliver health science education includes essential components that lead to high quality programs. Analyze components you can control to make your program standout among the best! Focus on yourself, your students and your program—that's how you take control. How can NCHSE support classroom teachers? 1) Confirming Your Curriculum Framework (National Health Science Standards (NHSS); Four Course Framework; Scope and Sequence) 2) Expanding Your Classroom Resources (Curriculum Enhancements; Newsletters, Publishers/Educational Resources Group) 3) Implementing Assessments/Certifications (NCHSE End of Program; End of Course; Others) 4) Integrating HOSA (Competitive Events Programs—NHHS Alignment) 5) Building Networks and Partnerships (Health Science Educators Association (HSEA); Community Support, Work-Based Learning) 6) Planning for Professional Development (Wednesday Webinars; National Health Science Conference)

New Prairie High School


Play for Jake Foundation




Tonya Aerts
HOSA Advisor & PLTW Biomedical Sciences Teacher

Julie West-Schroeder

Because We All Have A Heart - Making a Difference Following a Tragedy

New Prairie High School HOSA, in northern Indiana, is focused on making a difference on the safety of students, athletes, and members of the community. #JAM is a campaign on sudden cardiac arrest awareness, CPR, and AED use in honor of two young men, Jake and Mark, who died from sudden cardiac arrest. Learn how you can evaluate current practices in your community and what you can do to implement an attitude of being rescue ready.

*Norwich University, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies


LIVE: Thursday, June 25, 11:00 AM CDT


Lowell Doringo
Senior Instructor, Master of Science in Leadership

Communication and Listening

Ever wonder why you were given two ears and one mouth? The answer is: because it takes twice as much effort to listen! In this session, participants will learn about the mechanics of verbal and nonverbal communication. With an increase in virtual means of communicating, you will also explore the impact that technology has on the way you communicate with others. Join this interactive workshop that can help you become a better communicator at school, at work, and at home.

Norwich University, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Lowell Doringo
Senior Instructor, Master of Science in Leadership Program

Emotional Intelligence: There's More Than Just IQ

An intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. On the other hand, emotional quotient (EQ) or emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. In this session, participants will discover the foundation of emotional intelligence, the benefits of leveraging the behaviors of EQ, and how to continuously sharpen this very important ability for growth as a future health professional.

Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Chessmore
Prospective Student Coordinator

Which Educational and Career Path Fits Your Enneagram

Enneagrams are all the craze these days! Whether you are a 1 or a 9, you can have a successful future in healthcare. Come learn about education and career options that fit your personality with society's global healthcare needs.

Oklahoma State University

Mason Martin
Prospective Student Coordinator

Your Wellness Story: Understanding Where You Are and How You Can Help Others

Hallway conversation: "Hey! How are you?" "Good. You?" "Good." But are you really? As a society, we have become accustomed to offering a response without truly examining our personal wellbeing.  In this session you will examine the six dimensions of health (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, and social) and how those relate to Your Story of Wellness. Participants will discover the Wellness Wheel, can see where they are on the wheel, and can learn about the resources that are available to them. You will also explore college pathways that lead to careers assisting others on their wellness journeys

Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Chessmore
Prospective Student Coordinator

J-Chess on the Campus!

Come join us for the Virtual Version of “J-Chess on the Campus!!” In this session you will learn about all things college prep: the admissions process, financial aid, scholarships, choosing a major, and what you can do now to prepare for college. All grade levels are welcome!

Peterson's, LLC

Robert Maddestra
Director of Business Development, Dean Vaughn Total Retention System

"There's a Hippopotamus Under my Table!" | Mnemonic Strategies for the Health Science Student

Teaching and learning medical terminology aren’t easy – even if you’ve tried EVERYTHING you can think of to make content stick! But it doesn't have to be that way. In this fun and interactive session, you will be introduced to mnemonic strategies that your students can use to enhance learning and knowledge retention. You will also be introduced to the "Dean Vaughn Total Retention System®" and discover how it can make learning fun, engaging and, yes, easy!


Denise Dubois
Product Manager

Art of Scenarios: Using Real-World Scenarios to Teach Employability Skills

Research continues to tell us that businesses of all kinds are prioritizing soft skills like problem solving, time management and work ethic over technical-job related skills. During this session, we will discuss ways to incorporate soft skill development into your everyday lessons to help students prepare to enter the modern workforce.

Rocky Hill Consulting

Michelle Uetz
Certified Parent Peer Specialist/Teacher

Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns

Mental health issues are growing in every classroom, at every level, in every school in America. Dealing with these mental health issues involves considering all parts of the classroom, including students, parents, and teachers.  As a Certified Parent Peer Specialist, Teacher, Parent, and one who lives with anxiety and depression, the presenter has experience from all perspectives.  This session will provide information and resources that consider all perspectives of mental health issues for helping those who are struggling. Participants will learn how to create a safe, inclusive, and stigma free classroom and school. 

Starla's Creative Teaching Tips

Starla Ewan
Medical Science Instructor

Starla's Hands-On Body Systems: Central Nervous System...'Get Connected!'

Participants will build the components of the Central Nervous System in order to show communication within itself, with the body, and how choice making influences life's outcomes. Participants will take their new nervous system with them!  (You will leave with more 'brains' and more 'nerve' for competition!)

Starla's Creative Teaching Tips

Starla Ewan
Medical Science Instructor

Starla's Hands-On Body Systems: Head injuries, Strokes, and Tumors! 

Students will build cross-sections of brain out of clay to show anatomy and physiology of neurons, two types of strokes, tumors, and how Chronic Traumatic Encephalitis develops and affects an athlete's life. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

LT Traci Murray, PHD, MPH, RN,CPH
Assistant Regional Administrator

My Unusual Path to Public Health

Some people know exactly what they want to do and how to get there. For others, the journey to a fulfilling career is not a straight path. Your well-intentioned, detailed career path may veer off course and lead to unexpected detours, but all is not lost. You can tap into the GPS of life and re-route ourselves to still reach your destination. Hear from a doctorate-prepared nurse who will share their non-traditional career path, including commissioning in the U.S. Public Health Service. Learn how to find value in every experience and continue moving toward your career goals.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

CAPT Karen Hearod, MSW, LCSW
Regional Administrator

Start Here: Ending the Crisis Begins with You

In 2018, over five million young adults had a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, only 10% sought treatment. Everyone has a role in ending this public health crisis, including you! Learn about current trends in substance use in youth and young adult populations, including opioids, marijuana, and alcohol use. Find out how you can make a difference in ending the opioid epidemic through innovative, comprehensive strategies like unique education and awareness campaigns. You already have everything you need. See how to put your skills to work!

Symphony Rehabilitation

Natasha Wilch
Physiotherapist, Clinic Owner

Utilizing Telehealth in your Practice: The 5 pillars of running a hybrid clinic

The world has shifted quickly this year in finding ways to deliver quality health care to patients. Telehealth services has skyrocketed across all professions and is being welcomed more openly by practitioners and clients.  Moving forward, maintaining telehealth as an element of your clinical services will position you as a leader in the healthcare field. Natasha Wilch has been providing telehealth services in her multi-disciplinary clinic since 2017.  She has experience ups, downs, wins, and losses.  Her own journey with telehealth led her to being named Canada’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the year and she received 2020 Excellence in Leadership Award from the Physiotherapy Association of B.C. In this workshop Natasha will provide you with an introduction to running a Hybrid Telehealth Clinic as well as the five pillars needed for success.

Texas Woman's University

Shannon Levandowski, OTD, MS, OTR, BCP, SCSS
Associate Clinical Professor, Occupational Therapist

Alicia Lohmann, OTD, MOT, OTR, CBIS, ATP
Associate Clinical Professor, Occupational Therapist

I'll Be There for You: Consider Occupational Therapy

This interactive session will explore why students should consider occupational therapy as a health care profession.  Students will develop an understanding of what occupational therapy is, who they serve and where they provide services.  Providing therapy and support for humans aged 0 to 100+, occupational therapists take pride in providing clients support they need to fully engage and participate in their desired activities and tasks.

University of Alabama at Birmingham - School of Health Professions

Wendy Scripps
Program Manager for Student Recruitment

What Should I Major in if I Want to Go to Graduate or Professional School?

This workshop will help you decide which is the best program to select as a major if you are interested in attending a Graduate or Professional School in the health care field. We will review options for Medical, Dental, Optometry, and Pharmacy Schools as well as for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Physician Assistant, and much more. Come prepared to hear what it takes to be a competitive applicant for health profession advanced degrees.

University of the Incarnate Word, School of Osteopathic Medicine


University of the Incarnate Word, Feik School of Pharmacy

Rochelle Valera


Armando Prado, Jr. 
Pharmacy Recruiter and Alumni Relations Coordinator 

Direct Admit Program

This program allows high school students to get admitted from high school directly to a health profession school. UIW offers five different health profession schools: osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy and nursing. Students accepted into this health profession school in high school are able to complete their undergraduate work on the main campus, attend the health professional school, and graduate with their professional program.

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Catherine Jarvis
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engagement

Pain Killers - Are They Killing Us?

Opioid abuse and addiction continue to be enormous problems in the U.S. Current CU Skaggs Pharmacy students will address questions such as - How do pain medications work and why are they effective? How and why has the issue evolved and what are some solutions to the problem?  Who is responsible for the epidemic and how can the medical establishment ensure that patients who really need pain medication receive it, while protecting society as a whole?

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Justin Nguyen
Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2021

Dana Nguyen
Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2021

Catherine Jarvis
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engagement

Super Bugs and Antibiotic Resistance

Join current University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy students to learn about the evolution of super bugs and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.  How do bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics?  Why is this a significant life-threatening problem?  What are the roles of pharmacists who specialize in infectious diseases to combat antibiotic resistance?

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Catherine Jarvis
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engagement

The Critical Roles of Pharmacists in COVID-19 Management

Definitive drug treatment for COVID-19 has not been identified, therefore how do pharmacists contribute to care of COVID-19 patients?  Pharmacists are playing valuable roles in prevention in communities, providing intensive drug-related supportive care in hospitals, and consulting with respect to treatments, as they become available.  Join current University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy students to learn more!

University of Florida, Biotility – Applied Biotech Training

Tamara Mandell

Credentialing and Careers in the Bioscience Industry

Careers in the bioscience industry include a diverse range of opportunities at multiple levels of employment. To address the industry’s workforce needs, Florida has established a model program of study, making use of blended academic/CTE secondary programs and a statewide articulation agreement to postsecondary programs, incorporating a nationally recognized industry credential (Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam, or BACE). We invite you to learn about the development of the credentialing exam, the involvement of the national bioscience industry for its ongoing relevance and rigor, and candidate outcomes. We will also discuss careers in the bioscience industry. 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Sarah Walters
Nurse Practitioner- Pediatric Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery

Digital Doctor: Using Telemedicine to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly pivoted the way patients were cared for in all aspects healthcare. Telemedicine quickly became the “new normal” for patients who needed care in a time where keeping distance between patients and staff was a necessity. Learn how this resource was utilized to see patients at home and in the hospital, as well as used as a resource to further medical education.

YouScience - Precision Exams

Robbie Rauzi
Director of Customer Support

YouScience - Discover the Science of You!

YouScience and Precision Exams empower you to discover your natural talent with 11 fun brain games; validate your skills and knowledge with industry-recognized certifications; and stand out from the crowd with an impressive resume!