Mayo Clinic Offers BasicMed Course

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The Mayo Clinic is now offering a free online BasicMed course for pilots, the organization has announced. The course consists of six modules, covering medical self-assessments, warning signs of serious medical conditions, effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and more. The course takes about 90 minutes to complete and is followed by an online test. “We’re pleased to be able to provide this new option for pilots,” said Dr. Clayton Cowl, course director. “This course has been a culmination of efforts of many colleagues at Mayo dedicated to aviation safety. A wide range of medical experts across the organization as well as experts with civil aviation medical associations across the country have contributed medical knowledge to help pilots recognize medical risks.”

Pilots must undergo a physical exam prior to taking the course, and must submit evidence of the passed physical exam online prior to beginning the course. Once the course is completed, pilots can print a certificate to keep in their logbooks. Certification information is transmitted to the FAA to confirm participation. The clinic is the second organization to offer an online BasicMed course. AOPA’s online course was approved by the FAA in April. Pilots who choose to fly under the BasicMed rules must take an online course every two years. About 25,000 pilots so far have opted for the program, AOPA says.

Comments (3)

basicmed is a flop. Doctors won't sign the form. I suspect the AOPA's claim that 25,000 pilots are flying under basicmed is totally inaccurate. They are most probably reporting the number of airmen who have passed their online course. They no doubt get money from the FAA for running the online course and that's why they want us to think basicmed is working. But it isn't.

Posted by: Richard May | January 4, 2018 6:53 PM    Report this comment

No it isn't.

I have at least 3 friends who have gotten qualified with basic med in the last few months. I have also completed at least 5 flight reviews and Instrument proficiency checks in the last two months alone with pilots who are not using basic med.

Might want to do some fact checking before making general claims.

Posted by: Doug Auclair | January 5, 2018 6:32 PM    Report this comment

Richard, I disagree that BasicMed is a flop; just that some pilots are having issues with their doctors signing the form. In my case, I showed the form to my doctor with the sole intent of just letting him know about it, so that he could have an opportunity to consider whether he would be willing to sign it or not. Instead, he began running down the form (he'd examined me recently as part of managing my diabetes), finished it up, and signed it. No problem at all. I agree that it's more complex and has way more government-ese in it than was intended in the initial proposal, but at least in my case, it wasn't at all difficult and a lot less aggravation and cost than trying to maintain an FAA medical certificate (which I still have, at least until September).

Posted by: William Mills | January 6, 2018 12:16 PM    Report this comment

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