A bird? A plane? No, it’s CareFlite swooping in

When a CareFlite helicopter lands at UNT Health Science Center on Thursday, it’s not an emergency but an informal training session.

The chopper fly-in is an annual opportunity for students to get up close with airborne emergency transport.

Every day in the U.S., 1,370 patients fly to emergency care. To help prepare future health professionals at UNTHSC, a medical students’ organization called the Emergency Medicine Interest Group arranges the chopper visit.

Weather permitting, the helicopter will land on the north lawn of the Medical Education and Training Building, 1000 Montgomery St., at noon on Nov. 5.

Everyone on campus is welcome at this informal training event. Students from UNTHSC’s five schools are invited to gather for a brief talk by CareFlite Medical Director Robert Simonson, DO, a 1982 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

CareFlite recently flew Nina Pham, RN, home to North Texas after she recovered from Ebola virus disease at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Simonson and the flight crew will demonstrate their critical-care equipment, assist students in touring the helicopter’s interior and answer questions. The hour-long event furthers the development of interdisciplinary relationships among the various professionals who are essential to quality care in emergency medicine.

See a video from a previous fly-in.

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