Doctors are urged to train in aviation medicine

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:15
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The UK postgraduate curriculum for GPs should include a basic overview of aviation medicine and the effects on health of flying, recommends a report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.

    At present training for GPs in aviation medicine is not mandatory. In evidence to the committee Michael Bagshaw, professor of aviation medicine at King’s College London, said, “My experience with lecturing to GPs . . . is that there is an amazing ignorance among the medical profession about the health effects of flying.”

    The update to the committee’shighly influential report Air Travel and Health, published in …

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