Mayo Clinic Medicals:Preventive Focus

Medical certification at the Mayo Clinic's Division of Aerospace Medicine is more about maintaining a pilot's health for the long term.

Dr. Clayton Cowl, chair of the Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine division, told us the department sees roughly 1800 patients per year, some with the most complex medical certification cases that you can imagine. According to Cowl, in all but a dozen or so cases spread out over 20 years the clinic was able to return those pilots to the flight line. As for the patients that the clinic couldn't get certified, they simply shouldn't be flying anyway, Cowl told us.
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