• Aerospace Medicine in Military Aviation

    Military aviation operations present numerous unique Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance issues.  Sustained acceleration, fatigue, orientation problems, and attention management issues are just a few.

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  • Aerospace Medicine in Commercial Aviation

    Commercial aviation presents Aerospace Medicine problems for the aircrew, ground support crews, and the passengers they serve.

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  • Aerospace Medicine in General Aviation

    General aviation aircraft present unique Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance problems.  Human Performance factors continue to be leading causes of General Aviation mishaps.

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  • Space Medicine

    Human participation in space operations presents some of the most interesting and challenging Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance problems.  Microgravity, bone density and muscle atrophy issues, radiation exposure, and thermal stressors are just some of the space medicine problems.

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  • Human Performance

    The ability for humans to perform under extreme environmental conditions poses challenging problems for Aerospace Medicine professionals.  Altitude, thermal issues, fatigue, acceleration, and numerous other environmental stressors must be appropriately managed to ensure optimized human performance.  Managing the mission environment through technology requires a process of human-centered design and acquisition known as Human Systems Integration.

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The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aerospace medicine and human performance.

AsMA is an umbrella group providing a forum for many different disciplines to come together and share their expertise for the benefit of all persons involved in air and space travel. The Association has provided its expertise to a multitude of Federal and international agencies on a broad range of issues, including aviation and space medical standards, the aging pilot, and physiological stresses of flight. AsMA's membership includes aerospace medicine specialists, flight nurses, physiologists, psychologists, human factors specialists, physician assistants, and researchers in this field. Most are with industry, civil aviation regulatory agencies, departments of defense and military services, the airlines, space programs, and universities.

Approximately 30% of the membership originate from outside the United States.

Through the efforts of the AsMA members, safety in flight and man's overall adaptation to adverse environments have been more nearly achieved.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 8:00 AM

ICASM 2015

The Congress will be held under the auspices of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine and the Organizing Committee are planning to assemble a varied and exciting program cover... Read More

Monday, October 12, 2015 12:00 AM

66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2015)

The IAC is the one place and time of the year when all space actors come together. Global, multidisciplinary and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space informati... Read More

Monday, October 26, 2015 8:00 AM

2015 International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Read More

Monday, November 02, 2015 8:00 AM

International Air Safety Summit

The International Air Safety Summit (IASS) is held annually and provides a forum for examining safety matters of special concern to the international aviation community. Read More

Tuesday, November 03, 2015 8:00 AM

Injury Mechanism Analysis in Aerospace Accident Investigation Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for the AAM research staff and other members of the aeromedical community (government, academia, and industry) to learn the best methods of... Read More

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The Official Journal of the Aerospace Medical Association

The peer-reviewed monthly journal provides contact with physicians, life scientists, bioengineers, and medical specialists working in both basic medical research and in its clinical applications...

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August 26, 2015

September Presidents Page

AsMA Conference at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 24-29 April 2016
Kris Belland , D.O., M.B.A., M.P.H., M.S.S., C.P.E.

July 27, 2015

Abridged Minutes of the AsMA 86th Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, FL

July 27, 2015

Annual Lecturers

Three lectures were held during the 86th Annual Scientific Meeting. Each lecturer received a memento in appreciation of their presentations. More photos can be found in

July 27, 2015

AsMA Honors Night Awards

Phillip J. Scarpa. Jr., M.D., 2014-2015 President of the Aerospace Medical Association, presented 19 awards to outstanding members during the Honors Night ceremonies at the 86th Annual AsMA Scienti...

July 27, 2015

Gradwell Elected Next President of AsMA

David P. Gradwell, B.Sc., Ph.D., M.B. Ch.B., D.Av.Med., FRCP, FRCP Edin., FRAeS, has been elected President-Elect of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).

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Benefits of Membership

  • Join a Joint Effort Toward a Universal Goal
  • Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Monthly Professional Journal
  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Mentorship Program

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ABPM - Call for Nominations - Aerospace Medicine Director

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) announced a future vacancy for an Aeros...
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Dr Patrick Laughlin: Mercury 7 Astronaut Physician

AsMA member, Dr. C. Patrick Laughlin, was one of the physicians that provided medical oversight for the seven Mercury astronauts. A discussion of his experiences working with the Mercury astronauts...

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Passenger Travel Info

The Aerospace Medical Association offers free information publications for passengers preparing for commercial airline travel.  We also offer more detailed medical guidelines for physicians that can be used to advise patients with preexisting illness planning to travel by air.

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Question of the Day

In handling the air evacuation of patients with orthopedic problems, which of the following actions is NOT necessary prior to evacuating the patient?

a. Hanging weight traction must be removed and replace with constant tension (Collins) spring traction.
b. Recently applied casts should be bivalved and taped in place.
c. Casts should be removed and replaced with firmly inflated air splints to prevent the vibration of the aircraft from causing abrasions and chafing and to aid in emergency evacuation of the aircraft, if necessary.
d. Patients with mandibular immobilization must have provision for rapidly removing the fixation, either with a "ripcord" device or with wire cutters at the bedside.
e. Patients soon after vascular repair should have their casts windowed over the site of the repair.

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