The curriculum devotes considerable time to practical sessions and realistic simulations that prepare students for the stress of actual emergency situations in the field. Emphasis is placed on good patient assessments and hands on practice. The program uses a systems-based approach to medicine, to identify a progression of problems within each system and to be able to make informed risk/benefit decisions for each problem. An understanding of risk assessment and prevention/early intervention is emphasized, as part of a decision-based assessment.
Faculty & Purpose
The faculty has widespread experience and has conducted trainings in extreme environments, including aviation, spaceflight (ISS), battlefield medical response (Delta Force, Special Forces), search and rescue, remote space analogues (Antarctica), high altitude research, oceanic research (NOAA), oceanic expeditionary (National Geographic), artificial gravity research (NASA), HALO arachuting (high altitude, low opening), Naval Aerospace Medicine Operations, parabolic flight search, and others.
These Spaceflight Medical Support Certification Programs are designed to:
- Elevate the safety of suborbital flight
- Build a culture of safety, as we evolve to orbital flight
- Assure that more passengers, crew, and support teams are first-responder enabled
- Build a growing community of space aspirants on earth who seek specialized training relevant to space.
A Culture of First Responders
We envision a near future in which all space participants will have, at minimum, Spaceflight First Aidcertification. We further envision that every flight will have one or more participants certified in either Spaceflight First Response or Spaceflight Advanced Life Support. This will enable a professional capability in pre-mission risk management, a congruent response to unanticipated events in flight, and assure a capable cohort of passengers and crew, should telemedicine directives be required from ground-based medical staff.
This should be of particular relevance to flight providers, ground crews, ground emergency services, training sites like NASTAR, paying spaceflight participants, physicians, government, and others.
It will also give birth to a robust safety capability, as the field evolves to point-to-point transport and orbital excursions.