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Aerospace Medicine
Bryant Martin

Building a USAF Flight Surgeon: A New Approach to Training

How does one become a USAF Flight Surgeon you may ask? The recipe is simple. Step 1: Meet the appropriate licensing requirements to practice medicine. Step 2. Join the USAF as a commissioned officer. Step 3. Complete the USAF Aerospace Medicine & Aircrew training requirements.     Below is an

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Want to work for Elon Musk?

As Space X continues to expand into human space exploration so does their need for experts in space medicine & physiology. Become Space X’s next Flight Surgeon Anil Menon has been the lone flight surgeon employed by Space X since 2018. He has been intimately involved with the creation and

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Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

FAA & USAF Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccines

BLUF: The two mRNA options for the COVID-19 vaccine are considered safe & effective. The FAA & USAF has approved use of both vaccines. Both vaccines require a 48 HOUR NO FLY DUTIES following both doses. FAA requires airmen to self-identify if they have any adverse reactions to the vaccine.

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

I received my second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a little over a week ago. That’s great news for me as it means I’m essentially immune to the deadly virus that has been crushing the health, finances, and overall well-being of our entire planet for almost a year. Aside

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Important Dates: FAA Certificate Extensions for COVID19

Some important dates are approaching and both pilots and AME’s need to be aware. Due to the COVID19 pandemic and challenges accessing medical care, the FAA has modified the standard medical certification process. Within the larger FAA COVID-related regulatory relief policy, there exists a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR 118-1) that

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Flattening the Curve Revisited

Should all businesses reopen immediately if local healthcare facilities are not overwhelmed? Definitely. No way. Maybe? Hmm…I dunno.     On one hand (likely the right one), it makes sense that healthcare systems should be optimized to work near capacity during a pandemic. However, due to COVID concerns and stay-at-home

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

FAA Medical Certification during COVID19 Pandemic

In light of the recent Coronavirus Pandemic, the FAA has permitted airmen to continue flying with expired medical certificates thru 30 June 2020. This ONLY applies to airmen who were current as of 1 Mar 2020. And if an airman experiences symptoms of a new medical condition, they must still

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

(Another) ER Doctor’s Ramblings on Coronavirus

INITIAL RAMBLINGS – My position on the pandemic continues to evolve…daily –  Know Thyself: I was slow to take this seriously. I have high-risk tolerance. I’m an intrinsic optimist. I am not an alarmist. As consequence, I rarely over-react. But, I do occasionally ‘under-react’. I still thought I’d be going

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Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

GI Bill in GME Residency

Recently, I was catching up with a fellow USAF flight surgeon who is leaving active duty for the greener pastures of civilian residency. When I shared with him that he would qualify for GI Bill compensation as a resident, he seemed shocked and completely unaware of this fact. This is

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Phiz Biz: Aug & Sep – Exercise & Fitness Pearls

Here are the Aug & Sep newsletters from our friends at the USAF Aerospace & Operational Physiology Team at Peterson AFB in CO.     Click below for PDF’s 8. August 2018 High vs Low Impact Sports 9. September 2018 Warm up        

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Medical Standards iOS (iPhone) App

I’ve always found it paradoxical that incredibly high tech organizations like the Department of Defense and government space agencies seem to lag far behind in common mass technologies. If you’ve ever flown in an F-16 and seen their cockpit displays, you know what I mean. Of course, this makes sense

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Phiz Biz: GFM Partners with USAF Aerospace Physiologists

Phiz Biz (a clever play on Physiology Business) is a monthly newsletter produced by the USAF Aerospace and Operational Physiology Flight at Peterson AFB in Colorado.  The team started this tradition back in 2008 and continues to consistently publish it to this day.  The monthly articles are currently being written by SSgt

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

#AsMA2018 & THE FOAMed MOVEMENT

THE ASMA SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY Every May, experts and enthusiasts in aerospace medicine from across the globe gather to network, learn, and teach one another the latest ideas and innovations in this niche medical specialty. A little over a month ago, I finally attended my first Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA) Scientific

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Too Old to Fly? – Age Limits & Waivers for Military Pilots

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

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Aerospace Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Pilot Education: LASER Exposure & Eye Injury

LASER exposure continues to be an increasingly frequent problem in both military and civilian aviation.  Typically, these exposures arise from people pointing green commercial LASERs directly at flying aircraft.       The FAA has been tracking the number of LASER incidents since 2005. This number has been increasing every

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Aerospace Medicine
Sagar Navare

LASER Eye Injuries in Aircrew

A separate post written as a resource for pilots and aircrew on LASER exposure/eye injury can be found here.    The crux of aerospace medicine is the identification of medical conditions that lead to sudden and unanticipated incapacitation of the flyer. Screening for disease is performed during the initial flight

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Civilian Aviation Medicine
Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Become an Aviation Medical Examiner Today!

Last weekend, I attended a medical seminar held by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Denver, CO.  The seminar was a refresher training seminar for Aviation Medical Examiners (AME).  Although I had not yet been designated an AME, my experience and training as a USAF flight surgeon allowed me to

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Rocky 'Apollo' Jedick

Spitfire 944 – WWII Flight Surgeon Footage

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

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