Recently, I’ve been asked several times about age limits to become a pilot in the US Air Force. Age is actually not considered a ‘medical’ standard. In the USAF, flight surgeons use a hefty document, titled the ‘Medical Standards Directory’ (MSD) to determine if pilots and other special duty personnel[...Click Below to Read More]read more
This short 14 minute documentary featured in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival won’t leave you disappointed. The film invigorates an aged WWII pilot when he is reunited with old video footage of himself taken by his unit’s flight surgeon during the war. The film was directed by William Lorton and produced by[...Click Below to Read More]read more
Aerospace and Operational Physiology (AOP) has the unique challenge of bridging physiologic sciences with the operational environment. Many people think “they just work with pilots and do altitude chamber training.” While we do frequently work with pilots and other aircrew, many are unaware of other human factor issues on which[...Click Below to Read More]read more
I have been thoroughly blessed to serve as an active member of the USAF Pilot Physician Program (PPP) officially since 2008 but unofficially since 2002, when I entered pilot training as a “former flight surgeon”. Although the USAF Pilot Physician Program was officially created in 1954, the legacy of medical[...Click Below to Read More]read more
This is boring, but important news in military health. The final report for the 90-day review that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for in July 2014 was released on 1 October 2014. This request by Hagel is thought to have been a reaction to the recent Veteran Affairs (not[...Click Below to Read More]read more
Many times large number of incentive and familiarization flights are offered to maintenance and operational support personnel during temporary duty (TDY) deployments. Flight surgeons play a crucial role in this process educating and medically clearing potential candidates. In this setting, the flight surgeon may be without their standard materials, computer,[...Click Below to Read More]read more
Another piece of investigative journalism slamming military medicine recently ran across the New York Times‘ headlines. The same journalists, Sharon LaFraniere and Andrew W. Lehren, who published the 28 June 2014 article provoking my initial response on GFM have published a new article titled Smaller Military Hospitals Said to Put[...Click Below to Read More]read more
Hugely important topic for both the present and future!
The Wounds of the Drone Warrior
Even soldiers who fight wars from a safe distance have found themselves traumatized. Could their injuries be moral ones?
Final day at #AsMA2018 opened with talk on @StationCDRKelly’s year in space & subsequent twin studies by NASA chief scientist/@SpaceMedAssoc prez John Charles: 1. Some telomeres lengthen in space, 2. Space DOES NOT change genes 7%, 3. Final study results TBA. @Aero_Med4