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The College of Osteopathic Medicine's HiRO drone project was recently featured on national FOX News. Dr. Italo Subbarao also conducted a live interview on Dec. 15 on the Fox Morning Show in Phoeniz, Arizona. Click here to watch the Fox News segment.
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine students demonstrated how telemedical kits delivered by disaster drones could be used to assist victims and rescue personnel during a simulated mass casualty event on Dec. 6 at John Bell Williams Airport in Bolton. The development of the disaster drones is a joint project with the unmanned aerial systems program at Hinds Community College. The technology debuted before an audience including representatives from Homeland Security, federal law enforcement agencies, and the United Nations.
The Telemedical Drone project, known as HiRO (Health Integrated Rescue Operations), was developed by Italo Subbarao, DO, senior associate dean at WCUCOM, and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., a fourth-year medical student at WCUCOM.
The concept arose when the two studied the medical response to the devastating EF-4 tornado that struck Hattiesburg in February 2013. In the past two years, they’ve developed multiple prototypes to support rural and wilderness medical emergencies, including the two newest iterations: ambulance drones designed to support victims and rescue personnel during mass shootings, bombings, or other terrorist attacks.
Two new telemedical packages were deployed during the demonstration, one for a severely injured victim and the other for a mass casualty setup capable of treating up to 100 people with significant to minor injuries. Both kits incorporate Homeland Security recommendations provided through the “Stop the Bleed” initiative.
“The two highly advanced mobile telemedical kits provide immediate and secure access to a provider on the other end of the screen. The package was designed for use in the chaos and confusion where guidance must be simple, direct, and user friendly,” said student doctor Cooper. “We feel that the features in these kits empower the provider and bystander to save lives.”
When the critical care kit opens, a physician appears on video and can direct treatment. The kit includes Google Glass, which allow the wearer to be hands free and to move away from the drone while maintaining audio and visual contact with the physician.
Experts from Hinds Community College, in collaboration with Subbarao and Cooper, designed and built both disaster drones, which are capable of carrying telemedical packages in adverse conditions.
“These drones have impressive lift and distance capability, and can be outfitted with a variety of sensors, such as infrared, to help locate victims,” said Dennis Lott, director of the unmanned aerial systems program at Hinds Community College. “Working together, we’re able to develop, test, and bring this technology to the field. It is just a matter of time before the drones are universally adopted for emergency and disaster response toolkits.”
Click here to watch a video of a demonstration of the drone being deployed in a mass shooting scenario.
A new agreement between Millsaps College and the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine guarantees admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine for qualified Millsaps graduates. The agreement was signed November 2 by Dr. Keith Dunn, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of Millsaps College, and Dr. Jim Weir, associate dean, student affairs and professor of biomedical sciences (pathology) at William Carey University.
“This is an exciting and innovative agreement between our two institutions, and offers students an opportunity to begin their college experience with the promise of medical school secure in their future,” said Dunn. “We are pleased to enter this partnership with William Carey, and look forward to working with them to educate new generations of physicians for Mississippi.”
Dr. Weir echoed Dunn’s sentiments.
"We are delighted to enter into this agreement will Millsaps College,” said Weir. “We have had many excellent students enter our program from Millsaps College over the years. Invariably, we have found them well prepared for medical school and pleasant to have in our student body.”
To be initially considered for the program, students must be admitted to Millsaps College; have a minimum combined SAT score of 1200 in the critical reading and math sections (not including the writing section), or an ACT score of 26; and participate in an interview conducted jointly by representatives of Millsaps and William Carey.
Following the interview, students will be advised of their acceptance or rejection for the program. Entrance into the program will be on a competitive basis, and limited to 10 students per year.
During their undergraduate studies at Millsaps, students must meet specific conditions to secure their guaranteed acceptance into the College of Osteopathic Medicine.