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General Medical Officer (GMO), Flight Surgeon

Overview: General Medical Officers administer Aerospace Medicine Programs. They conduct medical examinations and provide medical care for flyers, missile crews, and others with special standards of medical qualification. GMOs also evaluate living and working environments to detect and control health hazards and prevent disease and injury within the Air Force community.

Position: Officer 

AFSC: 48GX

Specific Tasks: 

  • Provides aerospace medicine support. Implements policies and procedures and prepares directives governing flight medicine, preventive medicine and occupational medicine
  • Directs health education and control measures for preventable diseases and injuries. Determines adequacy of living and work environments
  • Advises medical and dental staff on treatment of flying and special operational personnel and preparation of patients for aeromedical evacuation
  • Participates in the process of determining frequency and scope of occupational medicine exams required by federal regulations and workplace exposures
  • Examines personnel to determine fitness for flying and special duties, or to recommend continuance, removal or return to flying status and aviation service

Requirements:

  • Doctor of Medicine degree or a doctor of osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy, and complete 1 year of graduate medical education in a training program fully accredited by a recognized national accrediting agency acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF

Training: 

  • 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.