Short Course on Cardiopulmonary Aspects of Aerospace Medicine
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE France
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This Course is 21 hours in length of which 8 hours involves direct audience participation. The Course content is based upon the available data in asymptomatic aviator populations. The major thrust of the course is directed toward aeromedical decision making based upon actual data from groups of aviators. Major clinical aerospace medical problems such as arrhythmias, coronary disease, valvular disease, hypertension, bronchiopulmonary disease and risk factors are addressed. As major emphasis is placed on decision making, the classical technique of case presentation and discussion is employed. Early in the Course, the lecturers present the data and its interpretation with the aeromedical disposition supplied by the Course attendees. This case method is felt to be essential since aeromedical disposition will vary among different countries even for identical data. The varying viewpoints regarding aeromedical disposition is believed to be an educational stimulus both for Course attendees and lecturers. Later in the Course, attendees are presented only raw data from which they will derive both diagnosis and discussion. One shortcoming of most medical courses in inadequate time for physicians and other health professionals to actually discuss interesting cases in-depth, in the presence of experienced aerospace medical specialists. A wealth of interesting cases needs to be shared. On the final day of the Course, attendees are asked to prepare in advance their most difficult and perplexing aeromedical cases for presentation and discussion.