KU School of Medicine-Wichita

Embark 2017

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3 Cheryl Dobson, fourth-year medical student and President of Emergency Medicine Interest Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "They have all sorts of interest groups, so I have been trying to go to as many as I can," Robinson said. "Cheryl brought up this opportunity. It sounded like a really great way to get a feel for emergency medicine. I jumped on it." Robinson did his shift in early October, which included an emergency flight to Denver. "The patient wasn't in critical condition but needed an operation done that wasn't offered in Wichita. This individual was in pretty good shape, but the paramedics were watching all the time. They were always ready for anything." Good preparation for rural practice Dobson plans to do her residency in family practice but work in emergency medicine. Any doctor-to-be can benefit from the flights — not just those interested in ER medicine — and especially those who plan to have a rural practice. "It is probable that at some point in their medical careers, each of our students will be on the sending or receiving end of air ambulance patient transport," she said. Tommy Robinson, a second-year medical student from Emporia, is making the rounds to learn about various specialties, to help decide which to pursue. The flights from EagleMed's Wichita base began in August and were initiated by the Wichita Emergency Medicine Interest Group. Cheryl Dobson, a fourth-year medical student, is president and co-founder of the group. Several students, including Dobson, have ridden with crews so far, and 15 to 20 more are trying to work the 12-hour shifts into their schedules. Medical students at KU School of Medicine-Wichita train in lecture halls, laboratories, doctors' offices, free clinics, hospitals and more. Now students can take to the skies to learn about emergency medicine, thanks to ride-along flights with EagleMed critical-care medical air transport company.

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