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:
- Identifying a circumstance in which human factors impose undesirable limitations on current or proposed aerospace operations
- Review the literature pertinent to the issue
- Recognize gaps in the related knowledge base
- Outline research objective to address the knowledge base deficits
- Introduction and understanding of civil, military, international, and space-related aerospace medicine topics
- Introduction and interaction with leaders from the field of aerospace medicine
- 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 Courtney Gifford at email@example.com 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 http://www.nasa.gov/feature/aerospace-medicine-clerkship for additional information.