Clinical Programs

FAA Aviation Medical Examiner Clinic

The University of Chicago Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care is excited to be able to provide medical certificate examinations for pilots.

Please contact: 

  1. What class of medical certificate do you need?
    First, Second, Third, or Other
  2. Please complete the electronic Form 8500-8 on the FAA's Medxpress website.
  3. Please print the application after you submit it and bring the confirmation number with you to the appointment.

Dr. Keith J. Ruskin is a designated Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Medical Examiner. He is a Senior AME who can issue all classes of medical certificate. Dr. Ruskin’s decades of experience as an anesthesiologist give him a unique understanding of physiology. As a pilot himself, Dr Ruskin understands the flight environment and will provide the highest level of service to help you get your medical certification. If the FAA requires a Special Issuance, Dr. Ruskin will be your advocate and work with you and your primary care physician or specialists.

Keith Jonathan Ruskin, MD

Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 1, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines a medical certificate as "acceptable evidence of physical fitness on a form prescribed by the Administrator." The primary goal of the airman medical certification program is to protect not only those who would exercise the privileges of a pilot certificate but also air travelers and the general public.

A person who meets FAA airmen medical standards, based on a medical examination and an evaluation of medical history, is entitled to a medical certificate without restriction or limitation other than the prescribed limitation as to its duration. Individuals required to hold a medical certificate must have it in their personal possession at all times when exercising the privileges for which they are licensed.