Grand Rounds and Activities

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

  • Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Aerospace Medicine Journal Club
  • Board Review
  • Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine summer course
  • Flight Training
  • Aerobatic flight familiarization
  • Skydive familiarization
  • e-hospital Training Life Support

Grand Rounds

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Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds Archives

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May 7

No broadcast this month.
Residents presenting at Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

April 9
"Patient Safety: Lessons Learned from Aviation"
Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH
Associate Professor and Director, Aerospace Medicine Residency
Preventive Medicine and Community Health
University of Texas Medical Branch

March 12"
"Aerospace Medicine at UTMB: Launching into the Future from a Distinguished Past"
William E. Powers, MD, MS
Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Preventive Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

February 12
"Space Medicine in Cologne, Germany: A Resident's Experience with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and European Space Agency (ESA)"

Christopher T. Haas, MD, MPH
Resident, Aerospace Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch

January 8
- Cancelled


December 11
"Autonomous Medical Support for Exploration Missions: Research, Training, and Operations"
Douglas Ebert, PhD
Senior Scientist, KBRwyle / NASA Johnson Space Center
Fellow, NASA Human Health and Performance Contract
(Recording pending approval)

November- Ethics
"The Next Copernican Revolution: What if We're Not at the Center of the Ethical Universe?"
Jeffrey Farroni, JD, PhD
Director of Clinical Ethics for the Health System
Assistant Professor, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Fellow, James Wade Rockwell Distinguished Professorship in Medical Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch


There are currently two opportunities for learners who are not part of our Aerospace Medicine Residency Program.  The following can be taken as electives in a current training program if applicable. 

Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine short course

This 4-week course is held typically held the month 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 the program at for details about the course and how to apply.

NASA Johnson Space Center Space Medicine Clerkship

The four week Space Medicine Clerkship is offered by the NASA Johnson Space Center semi-annually during the months of April and October and is located at the Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas).  The Clerkship 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 and to apply directly with the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Other Resources

Aerospace Medical Association

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.

For more information on AsMA, visit

American College of Preventive Medicine

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.

To learn more about ACPM, visit

accreditation council for graduate medical education

The ACGME accredits Sponsoring Institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on additional program formats or components, and dedicates resources to initiatives addressing areas of import in graduate medical education.

For more information on accreditation and program requirements visit

Aerospace medical student and resident organization

AMSRO is the official student and resident organization of the Aerospace Medical Association. Its members include medical residents, medical students, graduate students, allied health students, and undergraduate students.

For more information about AMSRO visit

Other Places to Learn

Baylor Center for Space Medicine (

University of Houston ( offers courses in space physiology/research

International Space University (

Application Tip: Prior Experience

The following medical specialties are commonly accepted as "prior experience". (There are others.)

  • Emergency medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Occupational medicine
  • Physical medicine & rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Sports medicine
  • Urology


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

p. (409) 772-5845

Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH
Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH
Director, Aerospace Medicine Residency
Yvette Schulz
R. Yvette Schulz
Program Manager, Preventive Medicine Residency Programs