Science, freedom, beauty, adventure... aviation offers it all - Charles A. Lindbergh
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The relatively recent development of aviation over the last 100 years requires that the branch of medicine supporting this activity be similarly young. Yet the history of flight medicine remains full of amazing anecdotes and intriguing characters. As flight transitioned from an experimental hobby by a small group of unusual personalities to a huge regulated industry demanded by travelers and military powers, the field of aviation medicine evolved in parallel.
Human physiology has its limitations. Aviation exposes human beings to a variety of environmental preconditions that the human body has no natural ability to counter. In this way, as aeronautical science and engineering slowly evolved, an understanding of human physiologic response and the development of life support equipment to counter these risks remained one small step behind
Go Flight Medicine (GFM) is a Free Online Medical Education (FOAMed) project and small business that provides aerospace medicine services such as flight physicals and consulting services to pilots and aircrew. The blog focuses on all aspects of aviation medicine as well as other medical disciplines where normal healthy humans find themselves in abnormal or extreme environments. The mission of Go Flight Medicine LLC is to provide reliable medical information to both aerospace medical professionals and aircrew.
The Aerospace Medical Association is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aerospace medicine and human performance.
The DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine conducts interdisciplinary research with the overarching goal to maintain human health and performance in space, in aviation and on Earth.
The four-week Aerospace Medicine Clerkship is offered twice annually during April and October at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (located in Houston, TX) and typically begins the first Monday and concludes on the last Friday of the month.
As a Flight Surgeon, you will fly into combat and humanitarian situations to administer emergency medical care. Often, you will care for patients both on the ground and in the air. In doing so, you will be an expert in the specialized field of aviation medicine, also called flight medicine. Your role as an Officer on the U.S. Army health care team will also require you to train and mentor other aviation medical personnel.
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