Aspiring physician headed to national ‘medical math’ competition

Health Occupations student among tops in Texas

Wed May 6, 2015
Marcus Piroutek seeks to someday become a medical doctor. And the Longview High School junior is already well on his way to building an impressive medical school résumé.

Piroutek is set to pit his medical math skills against other future health professionals next month at the Health Occupations Students of America’s national conference in California. He earned the right to compete nationally after placing 2nd in the Area 3 Conference and 3rd statewide. More than 2,100 students competed at the state HOSA event.

What is medical math? In short, it’s a vital complex skill set that’s used by medical professionals to treat patients. 

“Medical math is a big deal,” said Millie White, a Longview High School health occupations teacher and HOSA adviser. “If I am put to sleep for a surgical procedure, the dose of medicine must be correct for my body to feel no pain from the knife. It must also be the right dose to allow me to wake me up after the procedure with the strength to heal properly.”

Piroutek, while happy about his competition success, sees it also as a means to his desired end.

“HOSA has allowed me to get a head start in my career as a family physician,” Piroutek said. “Through the competitive (medical math) event, I was able to learn and improve my skills in mathematical principles used in the health care community.”

The national HOSA competition will coincide with its annual leadership conference June 24-27 in Anaheim, CA.