Earlhamite takes 1st at international conference for aspiring health professionals
August 06, 2018
Abhay Chaudhary ’20 earned the first-place prize for his mastery of medical terminology during an international conference for aspiring medical professionals.
His top score came during the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) international conference in Dallas, Texas. Last spring, Chaudhary also swept three competitions during HOSA’s Indiana conference.
“HOSA has been a beautiful way of acquiring knowledge and meeting people who share my passion for medicine,” says Chaudhary, an undecided major from Lucknow, India. “I’m proud of what we did in Dallas. For me, the exam was so hard. I honestly didn’t think I had any chance to win. There are days when it just hits me how big of a deal it was that I was able to be there, let alone win the competition. It blows my mind.”
Chaudhary’s success didn’t come without nerves and at least one wardrobe mistake. When he showed up for the award ceremony, prior to learning of his top score, judges refused to let him take the stage because of the color of his shoes.
“The dress code is super strict. They required that I wear black shoes, and I had brown shoes on,” Chaudhary said. “I was the only first place finisher that wasn’t seated on the stage, so it was funny when they announced my name. People were texting me asking where I was.”
Two other Earlhamites — Cyrus Buckman ’18 and Megan Bennett ’20 — finished fourth in Dallas in medical math and medical reading, respectively. The trio of Earlhamites were the only Top 10 finishers among college and university students from Indiana. An estimated 6,000 people attended the conference.
This is Earlham’s first foray into competition with HOSA. Bennett, an English major from Muncie, Indiana, established Earlham’s HOSA chapter last year in partnership with the College’s Center for Global Health and the Co-Lab, a new space on campus that encourages collaborative research and learning.
The addition of HOSA as a student opportunity adds to the slate of immersive, outside-of-the-classroom experiences that is contributing to Earlham’s national reputation as a leader for the percentage of graduates who earned advanced degrees, including the Ph.D. and varied medical degrees.
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Such preparation is supported by the EPIC Advantage, Earlham’s offer of a funded internship, project, or research experience — for every student, virtually anywhere in the world.
Earlham’s Center for Global Health also offers a growing externship program, a Global Health EPIC Term in Central America, a research experience in Thailand, and innovative coursework as part of a Medical Humanities Integrated Pathway. This coursework explores the intersectionality between the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities and directly supports students pursuing medical school, allied health fields or other related courses of study.
“Being at a liberal arts college like Earlham is definitely amazing,” Chaudhary says. “I am having the time of my life. For every class that I’ve taken, there has been something that relates to the real world and reminds me about how much of an impact we can have.”
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