Aerospace Medicine, as a broad field of endeavor, offers dynamic challenges and opportunities for physicians, nurses, physiologists, human factors specialists, psychologists, bioenvironmental engineers, industrial hygienists, environmental health practitioners, physician assistants, and other professionals. Those in the field are dedicated to enhancing health, promoting safety, and improving performance of individuals who work or travel in unusual environments. Areas of interest range from space and atmospheric flight to undersea activities, and the environments that are studied cover a wide spectrum, extending from the microenvironments of space or diving suits to those of "spaceship Earth."
Aerospace medical practitioners serve flyers, passengers, space travelers, air traffic controllers, patients transported by air, maintenance crews, and even mountain climbers and undersea workers. The problems and challenges these people face are quite different from those faced by individuals who live and work only on the surface of the Earth. The unusual nature of aerospace medicine's needs requires that practitioners have unique expertise. Specialized education in any of aerospace medicine's diverse facets enables professionals to develop and apply their capabilities. The diverse and expanding opportunities in the field make a career in aerospace medicine unusually attractive for health professionals.
Aerospace Medicine Career - An Inteview with
AsMA Fellow and US Astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt
(Video provided courtesy of Lofty Ambitions Blog)
(Anna Leahy & Douglas Dechow Interviewers/Videographers)
The Aerospace Medical Association and several organizations affiliated with the Aerospace Medical Association offer several scholarships for students and residents pursuing careers in Aerospace Medicine. Go to the AsMA Scholarships webpage to learn more about these exciting opportunities.