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Recap: 2019 National Health Science Conference

Recap: 2019 National Health Science Conference

The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) delivered our first-ever National Health Science Conference on an odd year. Previously a biennial event, this conference has now become an annual offering. More than two hundred and forty attendees representing forty states convened at the St. Louis Hilton Frontenac, November 5-8, 2019 for this unique professional development opportunity. The conference offered five dynamic general sessions, seventy exciting concurrent workshops, and thirty-four engaging exhibitors. Two valuable pre-conference sessions kicked off the event for forty-six participants: Activities in a Pinch and the Institute of Educational Excellence (IEE) 100x Leadership.


The conference was filled with opportunities for attendees to come together to learn from experts and share their own best practices.  The NCHSE Assessment Lab sponsored by Precision Exams and Goodheart-Willcox allowed participants to review industry-recognized exams, knowledge standards and published materials that align with their health science curriculums.

At the opening session, Maddie Merrill, MO HOSA State President welcomed attendees to Missouri. Maddie attends Orchard Farm High School and has a career goal of becoming a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon.

Will Bowen, founder of the Complaint Free Movement kicked off the conference with his keynote, “Complaint Free Education”.

At the Wednesday lunch session, Carole Stacy was recognized as a NCHSE Honorary Life Member. Carole’s contributions began in the 1990s when the Consortium was formed and continued through her years of service as the Michigan Department of Education Health Science State Leader, NCHSE secretary and then as the executive director for seventeen years. This recognition is reserved for individuals who have rendered outstanding service to health science education, the health industry and the advancement of the National Consortium for Health Science Education. 

On Thursday morning, HOSA–Future Health Professionals Executive Council Members Collin Kaster, Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President and Dev Patel, Eastern Region Vice President brought greetings and thanked health science teachers for their work in the classroom and NCHSE for their partnership and support of the HOSA scholarship program.

Christopher Fairbank provided an inspiring keynote, “Darn to be Different” and shared his experiences as a mentor, public information officer, 

and retired professional ballet dancer and teacher, having danced and taught professionally for over eighteen years. 

Marshall Bailly, Leadership Initiatives Executive Director along with two high school students, Arielle Peralte (FL) and Amelia Kitlinski (VA) wowed the audience through their involvement in a virtual diagnosis from Nigeria. After studying the four most common diseases in developing countries across the globe, students used Microsoft and Facebook’s Oculus Rift technology to diagnose a patient in sub-Saharan Africa with a doctor in real-time and recommended treatment. 

During the closing session, Jody Urquhart, author of the book All Work & No SAY provided a funny message to motivate people to derive more meaning, fun, and satisfaction from their work.

Sponsors, Exhibitors and 2020

A special thanks to the 2019 National Health Science Conference premier sponsors for providing attendee gifts, conference totes, and lanyards. 

Exhibitors provided valuable information to attendees about their products and resources to support the health science education classroom. We look forward to hosting the 2020 National Health Science Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, October 27-30. 

NCHSE was pleased to welcome seventeen health science state leaders to St. Louis. We hope to have even more educators at the 2020 National Health Science Conference

View the complete conference photo gallery. 

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