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. Each program contains a telemedicine component, which enables students to effectively communicate with medical leadership, based on the ground.
Faculty & Purpose
Our faculty and curriculum developers have widespread experience and have conducted training in extreme environments, including aviation, spaceflight (ISS), battlefield medical response (Delta Force, SEAL teams, Special Forces), search and rescue (e.g. Himalayan search and rescue), remote space analogues (Antarctica), high altitude research, oceanic research (NOAA), oceanic expeditionary (National Geographic), jungle expeditionary, artificial gravity research (NASA), HALO parachuting (high altitude, low opening), Naval Aerospace Medicine Operations, parabolic flight research, 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 point-to-point and 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