CNM Hosting Healthcare-related State Conferences This Weekend

February 22, 2017 -- More than 200 high school students and another 130 healthcare professionals will be coming to CNM this weekend for two conferences, both of which will be focused on honing skills in the medical fields.
February 22, 2017

The first will be the HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference that will draw high school students from around New Mexico who plan to pursue an education and career in healthcare. As part of the conference, the New Mexico HOSA Future Health Professionals state skills competition will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Main Campus. 

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, competitions in categories such as clinical nursing, CPR, dental science, physical therapy, sports medicine and biomedical laboratory science will take place in the JS Building, where students will put their skills to the test in CNM's high-tech medical labs. The winners will advance to compete at the International HOSA Future Health Professionals Conference in Orlando,Fla., from June 21-24.

Richard Gentile, director of CNM’s School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety Simulation Center who helped found New Mexico HOSA and is working to re-establish a HOSA chapter at CNM, is assisting to coordinate high school HOSA activities at the college.

Volunteer Summit of the Medical Reserve Corps

Also taking place this weekend at CNM will be the annual Volunteer Summit of the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps. It will bring healthcare professionals to Main Campus for career development workshops on Saturday and a mock emergency exercise on Sunday.

The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps. helps to assure that New Mexico has a stable and dedicated group of healthcare professionals available for possible deployment in the event of a public health emergency in New Mexico or in another part of the country.

The disaster preparedness exercise will be contained on the Student Resource Center lawn on Main Campus. It will involve some student actors (NM HOSA students) and some high-tech CNM patient mannequins being treated under a tent on the SRC lawn. The exercise helps the Medical Reserve Corps. prepare for an emergency medical response. Sean Haaverson, a CNM Emergency Medical Services faculty member and president of Emergency Services Outreach, is assisting with the coordination of the event.

There will also be representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) involved in the exercise. 

“This is a great opportunity for CNM to engage with students seeking careers in Health, Wellness & Public Safety programs, and to support working professionals and their training needs in disaster preparedness,” Gentile said.