Military Aviation Medicine

Military Flight Medicine

Aeromedical Evacuation by C-17

Aeromedical Evacuation by C-17

Militaries around the world train and employ specialized physicians who uphold aeromedical standards and ensure these special operators are fit for flight. In the United States, these doctors are called flight surgeons.

Although this misnomer (flight surgeons are seldom credentialed surgeons) dates back to the birth of combat aviation during WWI, the profession is anything but static.

In addition to spending time in the flight medicine clinic diagnosing and treating routine disease and injury, flight surgeons also serve as rated aircrew, public health officials, occupational medicine liaisons, and human factors experts.

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