Is there a Doctor on the Plane?

When Medical Professionals are Asked to Help In-Flight

June 28, 2019

McMenamin's Kennedy School - Portland, Oregon

Space for this event is full at this time and registration is closed.

Course Description

Flying on a commercial airplane can be challenging, even on a good day! The smoothest flight can take a turn when the request for medical personnel comes over the loud speaker. Do you answer the call?

Target Audience:  Physicians, health care professionals and anyone who flies

Program Schedule

7:15      Check-in and Breakfast

7:50      Welcome and Overview - Issues at Altitude

8:20      Scope of the Problem

8:55      The Legal Situation

9:45      Break

10:00     Flight Attendants on the Front Lines

10:40     The Pilot in Command

11:10     Hands on the Ground

12:15     Lunch

1:15      Healthcare Providers on Call in the Air

1:50      It's that bad…The Diversion Decision

2:20      The Role of Air Traffic Control

2:50      Break

3:00      Group Discussion with Panel

4:00      Adjourn

Course Fee

Prior to June 15, 2019: $175

After June 15, 2019: $225

To help meet administrative costs, a $35 service charge will be assessed on all refund requests received by June 14, 2019; no refunds can be issued after that date. 


The School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Medical Association: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Phone: 503-494-8700

The speakers below have made their presentation slides available. 

Welcome and Overview - Issues at Altitude - Steve Wahls, MD

Scope of the Problem - Riana Wurzburger, MD, MPH

The Legal Situation - Jon Hoffman, JD

Flight Attendants on the Front Lines - Corey Gallet De St Aurin, MBA and Karen Zolka 

The Pilot in Command - John Little

Hands on the Ground - Paulo Alves, MD, MSc