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Bridging Emergency Medicine and the Skies

By Maj. (s) Nisha S. George, DO, Flight Surgeon, 32nd Air Refueling Squadron, Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, and TeamHealth Emergency Physician, Virtua Health, New Jersey


I am Maj. (s) Nisha S. George, DO, currently serving as a Flight Surgeon at the 32nd Air Refueling Squadron stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Join me as I share insights into my dual roles in the military and healthcare, the challenges I’ve faced, and my hopes for the future of women in these fields.

Choosing a Career in the Military

My decision to join the military and pursue a career in medicine was influenced by the events of September 11, 2001. Witnessing the tragedy at a young age sparked a sense of patriotism within me. Coupled with my interest in math and sciences, a career in medicine felt like a natural fit. When I was commissioned in 2015, I didn’t fully grasp what my future would hold, but now I see how seamlessly the core values of the Air Force align with those of medicine.

As a Flight Surgeon, my primary responsibility is to serve as the team doctor for my squadron, ensuring the physical and mental well-being of our aviators. From conducting annual physicals to providing medical support during missions, my role is dynamic and challenging. Yet, the most rewarding aspect is building trust with the flying community and contributing to the larger military mission. Working part-time in an emergency department keeps my critical care skills sharp so that I am prepared for anything that may come my way downrange.

Advocating for the Future

Navigating the challenges as a woman in the military and healthcare hasn’t been easy, but I draw inspiration from those who came before me and my women colleagues who continue to inspire me every day. Women’s History Month holds a special significance, reminding me of the progress we’ve made and the work that still lies ahead.

In terms of advocacy, mentorship, and leadership, I believe in turning failures into opportunities for growth and learning. As we look to the future, my hope is for women to continue advocating for themselves, holding others accountable with respect, and contributing their unique perspectives to every table. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

In conclusion, my journey as a Flight Surgeon has been a testament to the power of service and medicine intersecting. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the support system that has helped me along the way. As we move forward, let us remember that diversity and collaboration are our greatest strengths, paving the way for a brighter future for women in both the military and healthcare.