USAFSAM - FCI - Flight Surgeon Exam Welcome Letter

IFC II - Flight Surgeon Applicant Exam

Welcome Letter
AF Flight Surgeon candidates will present for exams concurrent with IFC I applicants. If you are preparing to enter USAF active duty, you will be scheduled either on a Monday or a Tuesday.
The Initial Flying Class II (IFCII) flight surgeon applicant examinations will take 1-2 days.  If you have a known medical condition such as corneal refractive surgery (PRK, LASIK, LASEK), excessive refractive error, color vision deficiency, or depth perception (stereopsis) deficiency, expect to stay another day or two for more evaluation. Also, pre-screening medical records review may identify additional medical conditions that could require further evaluation; we will let you know ahead of time if something like that is identified prior to your visit.
Uniform of the day
The uniform of the day is the USAF PT gear.  If you do not have USAF PT gear, you should wear your military uniform (flight suit or OCPs) otherwise business casual if you are a civilian.
You may bring your own lunch; there is a refrigerator and microwave available for your use if needed. If you do not bring your own lunch, there are establishments within walking distance; you will receive more information during your in-brief on the day of your exam.
You must be fasting for 12 hours prior to the first morning of your exam (unless otherwise directed by your Lead Technician). This means you cannot have anything to eat or drink past 1900 hours the evening prior, except water - we encourage you to drink plenty of water!  This also includes, no chewing gum, candy, or juice. If you are on a prescribed medication, please continue to take your medication (with water only) and let the technicians know what medications you are currently taking. You must refrain from alcohol for 72 hours prior to your first day of testing and throughout your testing period.  You will also be required to fast at least 4-hours prior to getting your EKG—no food, no caffeine. 
On arrival - you will need to find transportation from Dayton International Airport to the Wright Patterson Inn at 2439 Schlatter Drive, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433 if you are flying. If you do not have a valid CAC card, please make sure you provide us with your driver license number and state of issue. You will need to report to Pass and ID on Area A prior to coming to see us.
We are in located at building 840, 2510 5th St, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 45433 - entrance on the corner of 5th and Q St., Wright Patterson AFB, OH. We are located in Area B through the National Road gate (19B). Lodging is in Area A across the street from the base hospital, both off US 444, about five miles away from our facility. See Wright Patterson local area information on our main page for further details. If you would like a map of both Area A and Area B prior to your arrival, please let us know.
After going through the National Rd gate/Area B, which is 8th St, take a right at the first traffic light onto Hobson Way. The main entrance to our building is on the corner of Hobson and 5th Street. GO DOWN THE HILL AND TAKE THE RIGHT ONTO 5TH STREET - main entrance will be on your right - close to the traffic circle. PARK JUST BEYOND THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE ON 5TH Street. MFS Branch entrance is at the corner of 5th and Q Street - 1st Floor – Room 105 - Bldg. 840.
Departure Flights
It is possible, for some that require additional evaluations, that we may not be able to have done within 24 hours of referral, you may need to reschedule flights for a later time to complete your evaluation with us same week, however most applicants will be done in 1-2 days.
Your lodging reservations are coordinated through an agreement between USAFSAM and the Wright Patterson Inn  If you are wishing to confirm your reservation, please do not contact the front desk until you are within 72 hours of your appointment.
Base Shuttle Service
The morning shuttle does run; however, please check with the billeting office for the scheduled run times. The afternoon shuttle will be utilized as needed on an on-call basis.
Additional Reporting Information
  • No alcohol 72 hours before morning lab tests; we draw a blood alcohol test, you do not want to risk testing positive for alcohol.
  • Get a good night's sleep and avoid sleeping medications (OTC or prescription). The urine drug screen only tests for illicit drugs.
  • Remember to bring:
    • Prescription glasses (if you wear contact lenses, see note below).
    • Sunglasses
    • Personal athletic gear
  • If you need medical care while here, contact one of the staff. We will have one of our physicians or Wright Patterson Hospital providers see you through the 88th MDG in Area A.
Scope of Initial Flying Class II Flight Surgeon Examination
  • Detailed medical history - birth to present
  • Antropometrics
  • Vital Signs
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) - 4 hours fasting
  • Type I dental exam with x-rays 
  • Reading Aloud Test
  • PA/Lat Chest X-ray (if you have history of Asthma and/or have ever tested positive for COVID)
  • Lab work - 12 hours fasting
    • HIV screening
    • G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase)
    • HgbS - sickle cell anemia test
    • RPR - syphilis test
    • HGB (hemoglobin), HCT(hematocrit)
    • Lipid panel
    • Urinalysis
    • FBS (fasting blood sugar) - only for individuals with a family history of diabetes
    • HCG (pregnancy test) - required for all females applicants
    • Blood alcohol test
    • TB Test
    • Hepatitis Panel
    • Urine drug screening
  • Other tests may be accomplished as clinically indicated
  • Detailed Eye Exam
  • Vision Testing
    • This evaluation will require a cycloplegic examination. This means you will have your eyes dilated, the dilation will last anywhere from 6 to 24 hours, so please have sunglasses with you. Additionally, this process will make it difficult to read, may cause nausea, and in rare cases adverse reaction to the medication. Please tell the optometrist if you have had prior adverse reactions from this type of exam. Driving a motor vehicle while impaired is prohibited by law; therefore you will need to utilize base transportation that day until acceptable vision returns.
  • Near and distant visual acuity
  • Color vision testing (CCT)
  • Depth perception (stereopsis)
  • Phorias
  • Red lens test (double vision test)
  • Amsler grid (retina disorder test)
  • Near point of convergence
  • Intraocular pressures
  • Cycloplegic refraction
  • Corneal topography (CT)
  • Audiogram (hearing test) - please avoid noise exposure 12 hours prior to your audiogram.
  • Flight surgeon physical exam
  • NOTE: Individuals who have had Corneal Refraction Surgery (PRK/LASIK/LASEK) will undergo additional evaluations to rule out post surgical complications or visual disturbances incompatible with flight surgeon flying duties.
Soft contact lenses must not be worn 30 days prior to this exam.
Hard contact lenses must not be worn 90 days prior to this exam.

If you wear glasses, please bring them with you to your exam. Applicants who have had corneal refractive eye surgery (PRK, LASIK, LASEK) must send all pre and post operative medical records 30 days prior to exam.