Clinic shuffle won't affect cadets

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Flight Medicine is now its own flight in the 10th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, part of an internal reorganization that won't affect cadets who are patients of the clinic, the 10th AMDS commander said Tuesday.

Col. (Dr.) Eric Nelson said the realignment will help reinforce Flight Medicine's identity as a separate and distinct operation from the Cadet Medicine Flight, which used to encompass Flight Medicine as an element.

Cadets' providers will not change due to the realignment, Nelson said. Cadets currently on flying or jump status will continue to see Flight Medicine providers, while cadets not on flying or jump status will continue to see primary care managers within the Cadet Medicine Flight.

Adolescent, sports and preventive medicine will remain aligned with the Cadet Medicine Flight, while the Flight Medicine Flight will oversee physical exams, standards and accessions.

One of the Flight Medicine Flight's goals is to decrease the time required to process cadets' physicals to tie it to the release of cadets' Air Force specialties in the fall.

"We're not there yet, but we're close," Nelson said.

Another future initiative, Nelson said, is to enroll cadets in MiCare, a secure messaging service established by the Air Force Medical Service in February to alleviate concerns related to email security. MiCare will allow cadets who have signed up for the service to receive confidential medical information such as medical test results and to request medication renewals online.

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