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"In the air transport business more than any other, the human element is everything. That big plane in front of the hangar is only as good as the man who flies it, and he is only as good as the people on the ground who work with him."

W. A. (Pat) Patterson, President United Airlines, quoted in the book 'High Horizons,' 1944.

CAMA, working on behalf of physicians engaged in the practice of aviation medicine aims to:

  • To promote the best methodology for assessment of the mental and physical requirements for civil aviation pilots.
  • To actively enlarge our scientific knowledge.
  • To advocate, through continuing education, both basic and advanced civil aeromedical knowledge.
  • To promote professional fellowship among our colleagues from allied scientific disciplines.
  • To bind together all civil aviation medical examiners into an effective, active medical body to promote aviation safety for the good of the public.
 

Reno meeting concludes with wide spectrum of clinical updates

The annual CAMA Scientific and Educational Meeting, led by Dr. Andrew Miller as the Vice-President of Education, has now concluded after three days of information-packed sessions covering topics from lipid guideline updates to ethical and logistical issues of moon settlements and space travel in the civialian sector. Speakers from across the country provided intriguing and informative lectures to attendees who included CAMA members, representatives from the FAA and other agencies, and colleagues from a variety of countries throughout the world.

The Honors Night banquet was moved to Friday night rather than the usual Saturday night affair. An engaging keynote presentation was provided by Col. Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH, FAsMA, USAF who shared her personal experiences serving as a military flight physician in Antarctia on two separate missions. Awards were presented to new CAMA fellows and other awards. This year's awards were presented at the Friday night Honors Night gala at the annual meeting in Reno, Nevada on October 10. The Forrest Bird Award went to James R. Fraser, MD, the FAA Federal Air Surgeon. The James Harris Award was presented to David P. Millett, MD, MPH for his work as Executive Director of CAMA. Dr. Clayton Cowl, CAMA's President-Elect, was awarded the Audie and Bernice Davis Award. The President's Commendation, presented by CAMA President Dr. Mark Eidsen, was given to Russell Rayman, MD for his tireless work on by-law reconfiguration and improving the parliamentarian process.

Three new CAMA fellows were named. The individuals included: Paulo M. Alves, MD, Denise L. Baisden, MD., and Gerald W. Saboe, DO.

The event featured FAA Aviation Medical Examiner certification credit once again this year, thanks to the willingness of colleagues from the FAA Office of Aerospace Education (led by Dr. Brian Pinkston) and staff from the Aeromedical Certification Division and the Federal Air Surgeon's Office.

Board members met Wednesday evening, October 8 to review pressing topics, and to confirm future annual meeting sites. Financial status of the organization was noted to be favorable, and work will be focused on improving communication to membership and to provide more value-added services to this group. Vigorous discussion ensued about current prominent topics such as evaluating obstructive sleep apnea and the future state of the Class III FAA medical certificate requirements.

Members enjoyed a visit to the National Automobile Museum, that offered a view of vehicles that preceded aircraft -- from a horseless carriage from the late 1890s to the classic cars of each decade through the present.

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CAMA members enjoyed an evening cruising down "memory lane" as part of the annual educational and scientific meeting featured an event at the National Automobile Museum in Reno.

Handouts of 2014 Annual Meeting Now Available

Update from Federal Air Surgeon

Medical-Legal Issues

Visual Fields

Aviation Neurology

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Data from CogScreen, etc)

Clinical Aeromedical Aspects of OSA

Psychiatry and Addiction (Part I)

Psychiatry and Addiction (Part II)

Endocrinology & Metabolic Issues

Medications and Miscellaneous Aeromedical Issues

Ophthalmology Updates

Gastrointestinal Issues Applicable to Aviation

Hypertension and Cholesterol Treatment

Aortic Valve Disease

Atrial Fibrillation and Aeromedical Implications

Infectious Diseases Update 2014

Space Medicine and Legal/Ethical Topics

 

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