What, I wondered, would be the chances of actually talking to somebody in the Regional Flight Surgeon’s office? My first call to the Atlanta office met with a voicemail recording. My second call was met with the pleasant voice of a secretary, who promised to see if “the doctor was in.” Seconds later, and to my stunned surprise, I found myself speaking with the delightful Dr. Susan E. Northrup. I was so taken aback that I just stammered away until, finally, I was able to construct a coherent sentence and speak it out loud. Far from sounding like some reproving bureaucrat, Dr. Northrup told me to round up my discharge summary, pathology report, those PSA test results and a letter from my urologist. She indicated that she knew my AME in Clearwater, Florida, and had even visited his office. (Dr. George Coupe is a legend in my part of the world. He’s 88 and still going strong. He’s my kind of guy.) Dr. Northrup seemed to like Dr. Coupe too. You should know that the FAA has since changed the decision considerations so that a medical for a pilot treated for prostate cancer without extracapsular disease may by issued by an AME.