Whether Flying or Treating Patients, Dr. Brence Sell Always Does These Things

Dr. Brence Sell

March 7, 2021


Flying is a serious activity, and you should only fly by yourself after extensive training. Before putting your wings into the air, you also need to do a thorough pre-check. Medical care is in some ways similar, with extensive training needed before you practice, and proper preparation is required every day. Pilot and physician Dr. Brence Sell is going to share some insights.

“I love both flying and providing medical care for my patients,” Dr. Brence Sell says. “And there are some similarities between the two that are worth noting.”

Did you know that at the end of 2019 there were more than 650,000 licensed and active pilots in the United States alone? Some of these individuals were professional airline pilots, but others enjoy flying as a hobby. As of 2015, there were more than 870,000 active medical doctors in the United States, according to Statista. Many more practice medicine in other job roles such as nursing, Dr. Brence Sell notes.

Dr. Brence Sell believes that proper medical care and flying both require proper preparation.

“Pilots should always go through a pre-flight checklist to make sure everything is in order. You need to check that everything is operating and that your plane is mechanically safe to fly.” Dr. Brence Sell says.

Dr. Brence Sell also notes that doctors and other medical professionals can benefit from pre-checks, even if they are not mandated.

“Doctors, nurses, and other medical workers should go through a similar pre-check before working with patients,” Dr. Brence Sell suggests. “Do you have all the equipment you need? Is it working properly? Do you know where necessary supplies, say masks and gloves, might be? If an emergency develops, how do you react? Who do you call? The more you know ahead of time, the lower the risks.”

Once planes are in the air, emergencies are difficult to address. If you run out of fuel because you forgot to check the fuel and also to confirm that the gauges and sensors were working, you’re putting yourself and others at risk. In medicine, the stakes are similarly high. A bit of prevention now could mitigate huge risks later.

Dr. Brence Sell Says Flying Teaches The Importance Of Awareness

Flight education emphasizes the importance of being aware of your surroundings. Dr. Brence Sell says that medical practitioners must also be aware of their surroundings and fast-evolving situations.

“When you’re flying, you have to pay attention to a lot of different things, including wind speeds, weather, your engines, birds, other planes and objects in the air, and more,” Dr. Brence Sell points out. “Likewise, medical practitioners need to remain as aware of their surroundings as possible. That includes not just inside the hospital or other facility, but also knowing a bit about what’s going on outside. If there’s a weather emergency or something else, it could impact your services and the flow of patients coming in.”