Training Family Medicine Residents to Prevent and Respond to In-flight Emergencies

Victoria Udezi, Philip Day, Nora Gimpel

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In-flight emergencies (IFE) reportedly occur globally in about 1 in 604 flights1. During training, family medicine (FM) residents acquire the skills necessary to counsel patients who are at risk, provide comprehensive management, and respond in emergent situations. The purpose of this study was to assess FM resident’s knowledge about IFE, counseling, and attitudes towards responding to IFEs. A 15-question survey was sent to FM residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. IFE training options were also reviewed. Survey results revealed gaps in knowledge, yet a willingness to assist if necessary. A didactic IFE training format was found to be more achievable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1265
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Community medicine
  • Emergency response
  • Family medicine
  • In-flight emergencies
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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