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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. 


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:35am

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.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 2:57pm
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members Dr. Jim Turner and Dr. Italo Subbarao were recognized as Health Care Heroes during an awards ceremony presented by the Mississippi Business Journal on September 29 in Jackson.
The Mississippi Business Journal presents the awards each year to recognize health care professionals whose contributions have increased the well-being of the community. Awards are presented in the following categories: animal care, first responder, nurse, physician, professional, and volunteer.
Dr. Turner was appointed dean of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. Prior to that he served as interim dean and associate dean of clinical sciences; he is also a professor of clinical sciences. He moved to Hattiesburg from Charleston, West Virginia, where he worked in post graduate education and developed an emergency medicine residency program. Turner graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 and completed his residency in emergency medicine from Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida. He received his fellow from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in 1998 and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine in 2008. He has worked as an osteopathic family physician and emergency physician in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and West Virginia.  
“It is an honor to be part of this university and to support the mission of increasing access to healthcare for all the people of Mississippi,” Turner said. “I humbly accept this honor on behalf of all the faculty and students of William Carey University.”
Dr. Subbarao is the senior associate dean and chief operating officer of the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining the WCUCOM faculty in 2012, he was director of the public health readiness office at the American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response. He is a leader in domestic and international disaster response, including terrorism, and is recognized for his work in interprofessional competency development and assessment. Subbarao is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medical School joint DO/MBA program in health care administration. He completed his emergency medicine residency training at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He completed additional fellowship training in disaster medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Subbarao has provided field and technical support for several large-scale events such as Hurricanes Katrina, Gustave and Ike, earthquakes in Haiti and Pakistan, and the shootings in Mumbai.
“I am honored to have received the award,” said Subbarao. “I believe the award recognizes the hard work completed this past year that led to the development of our HiRO (Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations) telemedicine system, an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) capable of deploying an innovative telemedicine kit that can be used to potentially save lives in the future. I share this award with my co-investigator Paul Cooper, my research team, and my supportive Carey family.”
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 4:12pm
Imagine you are hiking with friends and someone goes into shock due to an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Paramedics may not make it in time to the remote location, but a drone-based telemedical kit could be a life-saving solution. 
Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate dean of preclinical sciences at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., a fourth-year Carey medical student from Wheaton, Illinois, have made new advancements to a fully-equipped medical multirotor drone with telemedicine that can make additional emergency care more readily available. Subbarao and Cooper have built multiple medical kits to be tested in conjunction with the HiRO drone. HiRO (pronounced “hero”) stands for Health Integrated Rescue Operations.
“From the inception of this project, responders have questioned how the HiRO drone can operate within the emergency response system. Our new footage shows how the HiRO drone can integrate into the local 911 system and how a local physician on call can respond to various emergency medical situations,” said Subbarao. “It is all the components of the emergency response system working together. The footage also demonstrates advancements in our medical kit and capability.”
In the video, a call is placed to 911, and a drone is dispatched to deliver a medical kit, which is equipped with a camera that allows the on-call physician to see the patient and provide instruction on how to use the medical equipment and medicine in the kit.
According to Subbarao, the HiRO prototype, a modified DJI S1000+ drone, can carry up to 20 pounds; however, the heavier the kit, the more limited the battery power becomes. The team is conducting field tests and determining what types of medical kits can be attached to the drone. 
“The purpose of the project is to get timely life-saving medications, vaccines and equipment to victims in a disaster area or in a remote location through the use of GPS,” said Subbarao. The drone also can be used to reach areas that health rescue personnel may not want to enter immediately.
Cooper added, “It’s exciting to see that our efforts to date have further integrated the HiRO drone capabilities.” 
Subbarao hopes to eventually deploy a fleet of the HiRO drones throughout the state and nation and particularly to rural, underserved areas. He added that the project could also be used for a number of different purposes, such as military medicine or in the event of a hazardous material situation.
Click here to view the video of the HiRO demonstration.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 2:58pm

The College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2019 hosted the annual memorial service to honor those who donated their bodies to medical science and for study in the college’s Ross Anatomy Wing. The memorial was held on April 29 at Bass Memorial Chapel on the Hattiesburg campus. During the service students from the class discussed the necessity of the practical study of anatomy and the selflessness of the donors. Pictured (from left) are Heath Broussard, class council vice president; Loren Touma, Student Government Association president-elect and class council president; Dr. James Turner, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Cal Hisley, associate professor of preclinical sciences; Julie Le, class representative; Johnny Campbell, SGA vice-president elect.