DeadCactus

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Anyone know of organizations offering good short (1 or 2 month) rotations in HEMS or similar aeromedical medicine? Something where you are an active participant in the care team, not just doing ride alongs.
 

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London's Air Ambulance.

Same as the above plus its very popular with a long waiting list.

Its going to be very hard to find hands-on rotations in the US since most HEMS organizations are staffed with nurse/medic teams and don't allow residents on flights. UW does offer a fellowship in med flight but I'm not sure if they're currently taking external rotators. In any event it never hurts to email and ask: https://www.emed.wisc.edu/med-flight
 

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Anyone know of organizations offering good short (1 or 2 month) rotations in HEMS or similar aeromedical medicine? Something where you are an active participant in the care team, not just doing ride alongs.
If you want to fly as a solo flight physician ( ie not as an addition to an established team) you probably wont be able to find a short elective. Gone are the days when a doc can "hop on the helicopter" after a day or two of orientation. There are 5 academic programs in the US that have a dedicated MD-RN team. Most resident flight physician orientation involves a lengthy part time process (didactic & ride alongs) over the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years. As far as Sydney & London HEMS, They are both incredibly competitive 6 month rotation. Average applicant is a PGY5-6. Wouldnt have a chance as an EM resident. The only Americans that I know of who did these had already finished EM residency and worked for a year or two then applied.
 
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