Activities and Resources


Aerospace medicine faculty and residents participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Aerospace and General Preventive Medicine Journal Club
  • Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine summer course 
  • Patty Hilliard-Robertson Symposium
  • Pushing the Envelope: Medicine in Challenging Environments conference
  • Aerobatic flight familiarization
  • Skydive familiarization
  • Flight training
  • Pre-hospital Training Life Support
The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aviation, space, and environmental medicine.

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The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional medical society of more than 2,700 preventive medicine and public health physicians who manage, research, and influence population health. Preventive medicine physicians are employed in a wide range of sectors and settings including leaders in local, national, and international health sectors.
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Grand Rounds

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Courses and Electives

Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine short course

This 4-week course is held the last week of June and the first three weeks of July annually. The goal of the course is to provide a thorough familiarization with the history of aviation, spaceflight and the specialty of aerospace medicine, human physiology in aviation and spaceflight, human factors engineering concepts related to aviation and spaceflight, the role of aerospace specialists in the selection, training, medical certification and health maintenance of aviation and spaceflight personnel. Evaluation is determined by participation in class, an oral presentation on a topic from the field of aerospace medicine, and a paper based on the presentation topic.

This course exposes students/residents/practicing physicians to the breadth of the field of aerospace medicine, including the following objectives:

  1. Identifying a circumstance in which human factors impose undesirable limitations on current or proposed aerospace operations
  2. Review the literature pertinent to the issue
  3. Recognize gaps in the related knowledge base
  4. Outline research objective to address the knowledge base deficits
  5. Introduction and understanding of civil, military, international, and space-related aerospace medicine topics
  6. Introduction and interaction with leaders from the field of aerospace medicine
  7. Understand the role of regulation on the health and safety of air crew and passengers
The following core and specialty competencies are addressed:

General: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, and Professionalism

Interested applicants for this summer course should contact Yvette Schulz at for details about the course and how to apply.

NASA Johnson Space Center Space Medicine Clerkship

The four week Aerospace Medicine Clerkship is offered semi-annually during the months of April and October at the Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas) and typically begins the first Monday and concludes on the last Friday of the month. The clerkship involves formal lectures on space medicine topics and issues, as well as familiarization with the medical aspects of International Space Station operations, design and function. Clerkship participants are required to complete a research project and paper in a current focus area of space medicine, which will be presented both orally and written to the JSC Space Medicine Community.

Interested applicants should visit for additional information. 


Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents
UTMB Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine short course
NASA Johnson Space Center Space Medicine Clerkship
Baylor Center for Space Medicine space medicine electives
University of Houston space physiology/research courses
International Space University

Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)
Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO)
National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Aerospace Medicine Residency
Wright State University (WSU) Aerospace Medicine Residency
Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medicine Residency
U.S. Air Force Aerospace Medicine Residency
U.S. Army / Navy Aerospace Medicine Residency

Specialties commonly accepted as prior experience
Emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, occupational medicine, physical medicine & rehabilitation, psychiatry, sports medicine, and urology to name a few


Preventive Medicine Residency Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

p. (409) 772-5845

Tarah Castleberry, DO, MPH
Tarah Castleberry, DO, MPH
Preventive Medicine Residency Programs

R. Yvette Schulz
Program Manager
Preventive Medicine Residency Programs

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