I will preface this by saying that this info is mostly for Flight Surgeons...Why choose ACC over AFMC?
If you are in Boston, trying to schedule at Hanscom, you will have a lot of problems trying to schedule. My suggestion is to try to take a off day and go down there if they are dodging your calls. I am not even sure how "active" their flight med department is at Hanscom. The next closest base would be McGuire, which has a very active flight med department that can easily help you out. I would highly recommend avoiding Hanscom, all together.Hi,
I am planning on being a flight surgeon after internship (this summer 2009). i have called force health multiple times to schedule a initialy flying physical, and also email messages, with no response. What should I do?
Also, what is the timeline to getting a base assignment?
I don't know j-rad, all of my experience with the reserves has been mostly negative. It seems that it is very hard for them to "accomplish" waivers or complete flight physicals, especially when it comes to PEPP. Just because a reserve base has active flying units doesn't mean their flight med dept is competent. If a waiver has to be done for a flight physical, chances are the waiver will be "pending flight surgeon" for a couple of months. In fact, we actually find that we pick up their slack (more than often) and submit the waiver ourselves because we are tired of seeing the patient's name on our DNIF roster.Westover ARB (Chicopee, MA-straight shot out on the Pike) has very active flying units and aeromed units. Though it's reserve, I would think it quite possible to schedule your flying physical there-probably much easier than Hanscom or McGuire.
My sample size in dealing with the reserve aeromed bases is small (N=2). Most of the docs working at reserve bases how civilian jobs, so this is their "second job". It stands to reason that an AD doc would be able to dedicate more time to physicals, waivers, etc. because this is their primary job. However, now, I guess it doesn't make any difference since they are at Travis, not Boston.Nope, I defer to the wisdom of those with more relevant experience. I was only looking at it from the simple perspective of them having the resource there; but I am sure you have made a valid and more relevant point. Purely for curiosity's sake, do you find that to be consistent throughout all reserve aeromed units you've worked with, or does size/business seem to make a difference (the Westovers and Charlestons [huge/active] vs the little aeromed element at a small ANG flying unit)? I suppose (s)he could call the Westover people and ask how may active duty flying physicals they do and how often they get stuck in paperwork limbo, but, again, I would consider your experience more relevant than mine.