After the Institute of Medicine published a report Tuesday that rejects calls for more funding for graduate medical education to address physician shortages, provider and hospital groups were not pleased. AMA’s past president Ardis Dee Hoven said she was dismayed that the IOM failed to acknowledge the nation’s doctor shortage or propose a realistic remedy. Hospital groups blasted the recommendation that funding to teaching hospitals be cut up to 35 percent, with Association of American Medical Colleges CEO Darrell Kirch calling it a “wholesale dismantling of our nation’s graduate medical education system.”   Read the IOM report.


Air Medical Transport for MERS Patients

Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Patients has been posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This updated guidance is intended to assist air medical transport (AMT) service providers in using specialized and/or specially equipped aircraft to transport Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patients while ensuring the safety of patients and transport personnel. This guidance does not apply to commercial passenger aircraft. The recommendations are based on standard infection prevention and control practices, AMT standards, and epidemiologic information from investigations of MERS, including experience from air transport of patients during the 2003 SARS outbreak.  Read more at

ASEM in Top Ten Ingenta Downloads

IngentaConnect recently analyzed data for all their titles and Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (ASEM) again ranks in the top 10 out of more than 16,200 titles for number of full-text downloads. For the period of June 1-30, 2014, ASEM ranked 7th with 5139 downloads.

Aeromedical Lessons Learned from Columbia Shuttle Mishap

Reflecting current efforts and understanding, Loss of Signal aims to present the story of Columbia from an aerospace medical angle, focusing holistically on what is important for future investigations and analysis of spacecraft mishaps. This book is written by those who participated in the crew recovery and analysis and is written from their first-hand perspective of the events. The loss of a human crew implies sensitivities that must be balanced against the public and industry need to know, with the guiding principle being prevention of further mishaps and enhanced protection for crewmembers.

Learn more here.

AsMA Position on Third Class Medical Certification

The Aerospace Medical Association Position Letter on the FAA third class medical certification requirement for private pilots was sent to the FAA Administrator and the nearly 200 members of the Congressional General Aviation Caucus on April 10, 2014.  The letter was prepared in response to the 2012 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Petition for Exemption and the recent draft legislation in the US House of Representatives (HR 3708) and US Senate (S 2103).  These efforts all recommend eliminating the third class medical certificate for private pilots flying under specific restrictions and replacing the medical certificate with a valid state driver's license and mandatory medically-related training. Information related to the AOPA/EAA Petition for Exemption can be found here.  Read the draft legislation at HR 3708 and S 2103.

2013 AsMA Donors - Thank You

AsMA would like to thank the following organizations and individuals that so generously supported the Association in 2013:


  • Aerospace Human Factors Association
  • Aerospace Medical, PLC
  • Aerospace Medical Association of Korea
  • American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists (ASAMS)
  • AMST Systemtechnik GmbH (AMST)
  • Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA)
  • Eagle Applied Sciences
  • Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC)
  • French Society of Aviation and Space Medicine
  • Genevolve Vision Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Harvey Watt & Company
  • Impact Instrumentation, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Mayo Clinic
  • SAIC
  • Society of NASA Flight Surgeons
  • Society of US Naval Flight Surgeons
  • Society of US Air Force Flight Surgeons
  • Wyle

  • Anzalone, Fanancy
  • Bacevice, Anthony E.
  • Belland, Kris
  • Bendrick, Gregg A.
  • Broadwell, David K.
  • Chase, Bruce
  • Cohen, Malcolm M.
  • Eisenbrey, A. Bradley
  • Hope, Jerry
  • Jurist, John
  • Merchant, P. Glenn
  • Musselman, Brian
  • Shender, Barry
  • Sventek, Jeffrey C.

AsMA has made every effort to assure this list is complete, but we acknowledge that errors may occur.  Please report any errors to AsMA.