Clinical aviation medicine is a sub-specialty and most civilian practitioners work within general practice or occupational medicine.
Regulatory aviation medicine is based within national or international regulatory authorities, whilst opportunities to work in aviation medicine research occur within national research establishments and industry, or within the armed forces.
Completion of the KCL Advanced Aviation Medicine course and success in the examination prepares a medical practitioner for appointment as an EASA Class 1 AME, allowing the medical assessment of student, private and professional pilots and air traffic controllers, the medical practitioner must have completed both the Basic and Advanced Aviation Medicine courses and been successful in the examinations.
It must be stressed that gaining the certificates of success in the Advanced courses does not guarantee appointment as an AME. Each regulatory authority, such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority, appoints AMEs according to need and according to their own criteria (see Civil Aviation Authority policy).
Although the Basic and Advanced courses provide a sound introduction to the principles and practice of aviation medicine, individuals wishing to pursue a career in regulatory or research aviation medicine may wish to consider undertaking the 6 month KCL Post Graduate Diploma in Aerospace Medicine course leading to the Diploma in Aviation Medicine of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. This provides comprehensive instruction in advanced aviation medicine and prepares medical practitioners to take advantage of career opportunities in research, regulation, industry and the armed forces.