What Radiologists Can Learn From Fighter Pilots

J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 May;14(5):693-696. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.12.007. Epub 2017 Mar 8.


Many principles of aviation safety have already been adopted into the field of health care. In this article, the author describes some of the core methodologies that contribute to the success of US Air Force fighter pilots and offers examples as to how these could be adapted to meet the challenges facing the practice of radiology. Key principles include "big picture" tactical training, the use of checklists, teamwork, safety, and performance improvement concepts. The need for cultural support of change is emphasized.

Keywords: Leadership; aviation; checklists; military; performance improvement; quality improvement; safety.

MeSH terms

  • Aviation / methods*
  • Checklist
  • Humans
  • Military Personnel*
  • Pilots*
  • Radiologists / education*
  • Safety Management