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Aerospace Medicine Physician Specialist

Overview: From being subjected to high gravitational forces of fighter jets to the weightlessness of space travel, aircraft pilots and crews face uncommon physiological and health challenges. Aerospace Medicine physicians provide specialized medical evaluations and care for these personnel and also establish preventative and occupational medicine programs to deal with contingencies and emergencies encountered in these exceptional environments.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Conduct medical examinations and provide medical care for flyers, missile crews and others with special standards of medical qualification 
  • Establish medical standards for flying and special operations personnel 
  • Serve as the principal liaison with federal, state and local agencies for aerospace, preventative and occupational medicine 
  • Establish procedures for emergency response and casualty management in aviation accidents and disasters


  • For entry into this specialty, it is mandatory to possess a doctor of medicine degree or a doctor of osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy, a Master's degree or equivalent in public health, and completion of a residency in a clinical specialty at a hospital acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF. 
  • Must have successfully completed a tour as a flight surgeon prior (min 18 months) to initiating a residency in aerospace medicine.
  • For entry and award of AFSC 48A1, completion of a primary course in aerospace medicine and possess an aeronautical rating of Flight Surgeon, Senior Flight Surgeon or Chief Flight Surgeon.


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.