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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 4:35pm
The College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a viewing of the documentary “Among the Discarded” on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 124 of Asbury Hall at The University of Southern Mississippi.
 
Louisiana native and artist Trent Dion Soto spent 30 days homeless on the streets of LA’s Skid Row with only a toothbrush and GoPro camera. During that time, he immersed himself into the culture and interviewed people living on the streets. A Q&A session with Soto will follow the film. COM students will also present a brief homeless simulation. 
 
Carey and USM students and faculty are invited to attend. Free admission. Donations of toiletry items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, deodorant) will be collected and donated to The Fieldhouse for the Homeless. 
 
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 4:47pm
William Carey University will host a research symposium on Friday, April 21 showcasing the work of students in the Master of Biomedical Sciences program and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The symposium will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
Manuela Staneva, an epidemiologist from the Mississippi State Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Staneva will speak about the “Causes and Scope of the Mississippi Opioid Epidemic.” His presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Conference Center; lunch will be provided.
 
Additional speakers during the event include Dr. Steven Gustafson, WCUCOM professor of pathology, at 2 p.m. and Dr. Bob Johnson, WCUCOM professor of pre-clinical sciences, at 2:30 p.m.
 
The students will present their posters from 1 to 2 p.m., and the exhibit hall will remain open until 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.
 
The symposium is free and open to the public. 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:18pm
Dr. Lee Valentine received the Master Preceptor Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians as the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine nominee. 
 
“Dr. Valentine’s commitment to medical education is outstanding,” said Dr. Jim Turner, WCUCOM dean. In addition to years of service as a preceptor, he also served as the founding chair of family medicine at WCUCOM and is the founding program director for the EC Health Net Family Medicine Residency in Meridian, Mississippi.
 
The Master Preceptor Awards of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians recognizes preceptors for their sustained commitment to excellence in the training, education, and mentoring of osteopathic medical students in family medicine. The purpose of this award is to recognize the dedicated practicing physicians who comprise the majority of the preceptors in the profession and is not exclusive to full-time teaching faculty of the Colleges of Osteopathic Family Medicine.
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 3:28pm

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. 

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 3:13pm

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.