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Medical helicopters collide, killing at least 6 –

Medical helicopters collide, killing at least 6 –

Medical helicopters collide, killing at least 6

  • Story Highlights
  • NEW: Six killed includes one patient; one critically injured
  • Collision sets fire to 10-acre area near Arizona’s Flagstaff Medical Center
  • “We’ve got lots of heaps of metal to go through,” fire captain says

(CNN) — At least six people were dead and one critically injured Sunday after a midair crash between two medical helicopters near a hospital in Arizona, authorities said.

The collision, at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, set fire to a 10-acre area, according to fire officials, and another two rescue workers were injured by a secondary explosion after the crash.

The helicopters collided at roughly 3:45 p.m. local time, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.


HPSP now a LOT more lucrative

That’s a much better deal than I got…

Military sweetens the deal to entice medical students

A beefed-up scholarship program now offers a $20,000 signing bonus as well as full tuition and an increased monthly stipend.

By Myrle Croasdale, AMNews staff. July 7,

Katie Doyle could have borrowed $200,000 to get through medical school. Instead, when she enters Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this fall, she won’t borrow a dime.

Doyle accepted a military scholarship that will pay her tuition, books and other school fees. A monthly stipend will cover living expenses. The scholarship, called the Health Professions Scholarship Program, or HPSP, also comes with a new $20,000 signing bonus.

…, Congress authorized the three branches to bolster their recruitment packages, resulting in the $20,000 bonus, along with a $300 hike in the scholarship’s monthly stipend, which is now $1,900. The money comes from military appropriations earmarked for medical corps recruitment. In 2007, the Air Force recruited 211 medical school students; the Army, 242; and the Navy, which also recruits for the Marines, 181.

That’s got to be a BIG shortfall for the Navy.  My Intern class in San Diego had over 100, and that was only one of two big NAVHOPS’s, with several smaller facilities.  Thus, the enticements.

A reminder: the Navy HPSP Wki

Surgeonsblog: Milestone or Finish Line?

Surgeonsblog: Milestone or Finish Line?
My original intent — to inform and to entertain, focusing on what it’s like to be a surgeon, and to enlighten about some surgical diseases and situations — seems generally to have been fulfilled and to have run its course.

Dr. Schwab wrote an excellent book (I have a siigned copy) and has always had an excellent medical blog.  I predict he’ll blog again, but only time will tell.