Dr. Stephanie Storgion, M.D., speaks to HOSA


Maadhu Krishnan

Dr. Stephanie Poplos, a critical care pediatrician who works in the Memphis area, spoke to WSHS students after school about different types of medical professions.

Friday afternoon, Dr. Stephanie A. Storgion, M.D., a critical care physician at Le Bonheur Children’s hospital, came to speak to White Station’s HOSA club and students interested in the medical field as a career.

White Station’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club is lead by AP and Dual Enrollment Biology teacher Dr.  Chikezie Madu, who also made an appearance at the event. The club aims to attract students infatuated by STEM careers, particularly medicine.

Introduced by club leader Sarah Shen (11), Storgion explained the various fields in medicine and specialties for the second year in a row. She, the Chair of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, explained the two-year, non-thesis program itself as an example of the many options students have upon entering medical school.

“All of these specialties exist at UTHSC, just down the road from here,” she advocated.

She also embedded eager listeners with financial advice, describing the general costs of medical school and warning against going to big-name schools for clout.

“Going to a fancy-named school does not guarantee you entry into any medical school at all,” she warned.

To close out, her daughter, Constance, a junior at St. Luke University, gave an in-depth explanation of the medical school application process, which she herself is currently dealing with.

With interaction with people in their desired fields such as this event, White Station’s HOSA students just might be headed off to save lives with more preparation and knowledge than one would assume.