How do I become a flight doctor?

How do I become a flight doctor?


  1. MINIMUM EDUCATION. M.D. or D.O. degree and completed an ACGME- or AOA-accredited program of postgraduate specialty training.
  2. QUALIFICATIONS. Completion of a primary course in aerospace medicine. Must possess an aeronautical rating of Flight Surgeon, Senior Flight Surgeon or Chief Flight Surgeon.

What is a flight physician?

A flight physician is essentially a physician/doctor who has trained as either a D.O. or M.D and operates onboard an aircraft providing aeromedical care to patients who are suffering from trauma, illness, or life-threatening emergency.

Is there a doctor on an airplane?

A trained physician is aboard just about 11 of every 12 flights. The New England Journal of Medicine discovered that in-flight medical emergencies are rare to begin with. The most common in-flight problems were lightheadedness and fainting, trouble breathing and nausea.

Is there a doctor on board stories?

Yes, once. This was quite a while ago, before 9/11. I was a basic level EMT on a Delta red-eye flight from California to Tampa. About 1/2 way into the flight, the call goes out over the PA system.

Do airlines hire doctors?

Doctors are protected from liability for providing medical consultation and assistance onboard a plane (by federal law). Even so, the onboard drama often compels them to err on the side of the caution. For that reason, airlines prefer to consult ground-based help.

Do planes have epinephrine?

Since 2003, the FAA has required all airlines to carry epinephrine in their onboard medical kits. But most airlines today only stock vials of the drug and not the easy-to-use autoinjectors.

Are flight attendants trained for medical emergencies?

Flight attendants do receive some medical emergency and first-aid training, but they are not expected to have the same proficiency as emergency medical personnel in administering care. They may allow trained medical professionals onboard to use the airplane’s medical supplies.

How many medical emergencies can you take on a plane?

In 2018, approximately 2.8 million passengers flew in and out of U.S. airports per day. Twenty-four to 130 in-flight medical emergencies are estimated to occur per 1 million passengers; however, there is no internationally agreed-upon recording or classification system.

Why is it called flight surgeon?

The term “flight surgeon” originated in the early months of 1918 when the U.S. Air Medical Service of the U.S. Army collaborated with two civilian aviation organizations—the Aero Club of America and the Aerial League of America—to manage problems of medical screening and standards for U.S. military aviators.

Does a flight surgeon fly?

They are called flight surgeons. A flight surgeon is a doctor who works with members of the military and astronauts in space. The title “flight surgeon” is a bit confusing, because most of these doctors are not pilots, nor do they perform surgery.