HOSA-Future Health Professionals Attends AMSUS Conference

Over 160 members and advisors from HOSA chapters in Delaware and Virginia attended the AMSUS Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The conference focus was battlefield medicine and the theme, Force Health Protection:  From Battlefront to Homefront, was in recognition of the wide range of skills and specialties which must work synchronously to care for those who go in harm’s way, as well as for their families. Battlefield medicine neither starts nor stops at the edge of the battlefield and all must help return the sick and injured to their “new” normal.

After the Opening Ceremonies where The Honorable Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veteran Affairs, spoke, HOSA members gathered to be greeted by several high-ranking officials including: Vice Admiral Michael Cowen, M.D., MC, USN, Retired 34th Surgeon, U.S. Navy, Executive Director of AMSUS; RADM Colin Chinn, Joint Staff Surgeon of Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon; and Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., 20th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Adams’ motto is “Better health through better partnerships”. He is committed to helping HOSA build a stronger pipeline of future health professionals


AMSUS (The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States) was established in 1891. The constituent services of the Association include the Medical Departments of the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security. It is the “Society of Federal Health Professionals” and, as such, contributes to the improvement of all phases of the federal health services.

The USPHS provided HOSA members with a valuable certification program called Rx for Change.  The slides can be downloaded at:  http://www.amsusmeetings.org/hosa-student-info/.  This presentation provided a basic overview of e-cigarettes and tobacco use, the single avoidable cause of death in our society and the most important public health issue of our time.

In addition to learning about military medicine and public health issues, HOSA members had an opportunity to collaborate with federal health professionals from across the country in the exhibit hall, which included viewing and operating the Da Vinci robotic surgery system!


HOSA was honored to be hosted by CAPT David Lau, USPHS, Health Services Administrator, US Department of Homeland Security, and Jeanette Naiman, AMSUS Director of Meetings.  Special thanks to HOSA’s leadership for representing HOSA at the AMSUS meeting:  Peg Enslen, EdD, Chair-Elect, HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors; Jim Koeninger, PhD, Executive Director; George Sifakis, Director, HOSA’s Washington Office; and Bobby Crandall, Director of Technology.

Thank you AMSUS and HOSA for an opportunity to learn more about our partnership with USPHS, AMSUS, career opportunities with the military, and other career pathways for future health professionals!