First prize, Second Annual SUSNFS Photo Contest,
2006. T-45 Goshawk at sunset on July 4th. Photograph
taken by Flight Surgeon Lieut. Daniel R. Fulk.
International Space Station, where Aerospace
Medicine specialists have served as astronauts. Archive photo of the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Residency in Aerospace Medicine
prepares physicians for board certification and a rewarding medical career.
The practice of Aerospace Medicine focuses on preventive medicine: the study of
disease processes in defined communities or population groups and the
stimulation of practices with respect to these communities that advance health
and prevent disease and injury. Upon completion of the residency,
Aerospace Medicine specialists are expected to be team leaders in aerospace and
preventive medicine practice.
Aerospace Medicine (AM) practice is based on human
factors, population management, and risk identification and control in the
aviation industry. AM specialists guide aeromedical teams and analyze and
direct health service support in challenging environments. Military AM
specialists become recognized as leaders in operational medicine.
There are over forty-eight billets
for this specialty in the Navy and the Marine Corps. These include carrier
and shore assignments, administration, teaching, preventive medicine and
occupational medicine positions. Many billets offer the opportunity to
lead other Navy Flight Surgeons, a group renowned for camaraderie with their
aviators and contributions to accomplishment of the Navy's missions. There
are over fifteen specialty billets in the Army. These include aviation
brigade surgeon, regional flight surgeon, academics, research, safety, and
physical standards. The brigade flight surgeons supervise over forty-six
battalion flight surgeons and find this duty to be extremely satisfying.
After military service, civilian opportunities are available in the aerospace
industry, preventive medicine, and occupational medicine; public health
positions at city, county, state or federal levels; in executive medicine; and
in universities and for-profit or volunteer health organizations.
information, see the web page on the
Navy Aerospace Medicine Residency.
E-2 Hawkeye landing on the deck of
aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Photograph
provided by Flight Surgeon Lt. Cmdr. Walter W. Dalitsch III.
Honorable mention, First Annual SUSNFS Photo
Contest, 2005. CH-53 Sea Stallion external load ops.
Photograph taken by Flight Surgeon Lieut. Peter N. Lombard.