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Aerospace Medicine

The Flight Surgeon

The Flight Surgeon

Welcome to the exciting world of Flight Medicine! Also referred to as either Aerospace Medicine or Aviation Medicine, this specialized branch of Occupational Medicine focuses on the unique medical needs required by professionals and enthusiasts of aviation.   Although many medical students and even doctors are unaware of this medical discipline, the chosen few who have entered aviation medicine find a fascinating world full of unique opportunities. The umbrella term Flight Medicine can be separated into three broad divisions – Civilian Aviation Medicine, Military Aviation Medicine, and Space Medicine.


Dive Medicine and Wilderness Medicine do not technically fall under the category of Aerospace, but the similar practice of medicine with patients of normal physiology in an abnormal environment lends to significant areas of overlap between these disciplines.