June 2019 LPLS

Presenters: Ian Blair Fries, M.D.

Location: Lakeview Health, True North Conference Center
1900 Corporate Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Date: June 07, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EST

Continuing Education: 1 unit/credit*

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Event Summary

Recovering from Alcohol and Drugs: What We Can Learn from Pilots

The FAA HIMS program allows pilots with alcohol and substance abuse and dependence to recover and return to the cockpit. The program also has one of the highest rates of recovery from substance abuse and dependence. Statistics show that 85% of pilots in the FAA HIMS program recover successfully with a relapse rate of only 15%. Why is the program successful? Can lessons from this program improve outcomes for all those afflicted? Join Ian Fries, M.D., a Senior FAA HIMS Aviation Medical Examiner, for this 1-hour lecture to understand how and why this program is so successful.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the FAA HIMS program
  2. Know components of the HIMS program that make it successful
  3. Ability to recognize practical applications HIMS program components can improve outcomes

* Florida Board of Behavioral Sciences: Lakeview Health has been approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-17479 exp 3/31/2021.

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About the presenter

Ian Blair Fries, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon and Senior FAA HIMS Aviation Medical Examiner

Ian Blair Fries, M.D. an orthopedic surgeon and a Senior FAA HIMS Aviation Medical Examiner practices in Vero Beach, Florida and Brick, New Jersey. He is an M.R.O. and S.A.P. His aviation practice focuses on complex Special Issuances, particularly assisting pilots with alcohol and substance problems recover and return to the cockpit.

He learned to fly while serving in the United States Air Force and became a Flight Surgeon. He has more than 6,000 hours as pilot-in-command and currently flies a Daher TBM 900. He holds ATP, CFII, and Learjet type ratings.

An aviation writer, frequent aviation speaker and consultant for several aircraft and avionics companies, he is a member of the FAA/ALPA HIMS Advisory Board, he serves on the AOPA Board of Advisors, is a medical advisor to the AOPA, an Aviation Medical Consultant for Teamsters Airline Division, and board member of the Flying Musicians Association. He teaches AMEs at the HIMS Basic and Advanced Training courses. He trains pilots concerning hypoxia and the use of oxygen and pressurization equipment.

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