What Is Aerospace Medicine?

Aerospace medicine is a specialty which is rooted in the Mercury and Gemini missions during the 1940’s. Despite its name, this specialty not only focuses on pilots and astronauts but also pilots, divers and any other individuals placed in austere environments. Under the guidance of the American Board of Preventative Medicine, aerospace medicine works to avoid emergencies and complications, as well as promoting research opportunities. Furthermore, it offers a challenging and exciting environment for physicians, scientists, nurses, researchers, dentists and other healthcare professionals. The focus of this specialty is promoting optimal health, ensuring the safety and anticipating and mitigating operational risk for primary and ancillary individuals during their dedicated missions.