Chopper lands on campus to demonstrate emergency transport

November 28, 2012

Future health care providers got an up-close look Wednesday at how collaboration saves lives in emergencies. A medevac crew landed on the UNT Health Science Center campus to demonstrate their helicopter’s set-up and talk with students about teamwork.

“The amount of equipment is amazing,” said TCOM second-year student Kimberly Lacson. “It’s great to see how they support life while in the air. It’s an important aspect of emergency medicine to be able to transport quickly.”

The gear aboard the PHI Air Medical chopper includes IV pumps, catheters, intubation equipment, oxygen, and intra-bone infusion drill to inject fluids or medication into bone marrow, as well as a stretcher or “sled”.

“We can carry anyone from 10 pounds or 30 days of age, up through geriatrics,” said Flight Nurse Susan Smithwick. “We once carried a 550-pound patient.”

Arriving in the chopper to answer students’ questions on the ground were Flight Medic Jacob Long and Pilot Kevin Gagnon, in addition to Smithwick.

“Collaboration is important because mutual respect and communication is the best thing for the patient,” said Gerald Friedman, DO, who is Faculty Advisor to the TCOM Emergency Medicine Interest Group and TCOM Director of Medical Simulation.

Brian James, a first-year TCOM student  who was a paramedic in Travis County, observed that it was  “good to hear the flight crew talking about working alongside people with other health care careers. Emergency crews are the eyes, ears and hands of the physician under whose license they work.”

Wednesday’s event was arranged EMIG in support of UNTHSC’s collaborative and interprofessional efforts. One of the EMIG’s activities is  the new Flight Ride Out Program, which will allow EMIG members to fly as observers with PHI or CareFlight, directly experiencing air medical medicine.

Dr. Sid O'Bryant
Early findings of innovative study of Alzheimer’s among diverse populations available to dementia researchers

  A growing trove of data to help scientists understand the biology of Alzheimer’s disease among diverse populations within the context of sociocultural, behavioral and environmental factors is now available through the Institute for Translational Research at The University of North Te...Read more

Jun 22, 2021

Vic Holmes, Mpas, Edd, Pa C Assistant Professor
HSC Pride: Increased pronoun use is an emerging trend among health professionals

By Diane Smith-Pinckney The embroidery on Vic Holmes’ black scrubs identify him as a physician assistant and an ally to LGBTQ+ patients. The words, stitched under a rainbow-colored Caduceus pin and near his heart, read: “Vic Holmes, PA-C, He/Him/His, Family Medicine.” Pronouns are...Read more

Jun 21, 2021

Hsc Katie Pelch
Public health scientist lends expertise to national database addressing safer use of chemicals in our environment

By Sally Crocker Katie Pelch, PhD, wants you to know what’s in our environment and how the chemicals we’re exposed to every day may affect our health. Dr. Pelch is a part-time Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, in the HSC School of Public Health (SPH), where...Read more

Jun 21, 2021

Hsc Tcom Gold Humanism Society Inductees Fc
TCOM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomes new inductees 

By Steven Bartolotta The humanistic side of medicine is alive and well at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. The TCOM Chapter of the Arnold P Gold Foundation inducted 45 students and four faculty members into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on the campus of The University of North Texas H...Read more

Jun 15, 2021