Women’s History Month – Women in Aerospace Medicine

Courtesy of Women in Aviation Medicine

In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to give a shout out to those hard-working women on the frontiers of Aerospace Medicine.  You’ve probably heard about famous female aviators like Amelia Earhart (first female to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic) and Eileen Collins (first female Space Shuttle pilot).  Women who choose aerospace medicine as a career are perhaps less famous but vital in keeping our aviators and astronauts mission-capable (alongside our male teammates, of course).   These women are the Aviation Medical Examiners who help ensure airmen are fit to fly in the National Airspace and the Aerospace Medicine physicians who oversee military medical readiness.  Female flight surgeons and researchers keep astronaut crew healthy at NASA (and space agencies across the world).  Some even become astronauts, like Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor.  While the list of history-makers is too long for this post, last month the FAA announced their first female Federal Air Surgeon, Dr. Susan Northrup.  Women are quietly making Aerospace Medicine history – not just in March.  To learn more about what else women are doing to advance Aerospace Medicine, check out the Women in Aerospace Medicine group.  WAM hosts regular virtual mentoring sessions with female leaders across the spectrum of professions that support aviation and space medicine.  Find them here:  https://sites.google.com/view/womxninaeromed/home

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