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AsMA Members Helping Prepare for Mars Mission

June 28, 2019

AsMA Members Helping Prepare for Mars Mission

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has published an article on medical care in space and training first responders.

   The article is mainly about a new training program at the university called “Medicine in Space and Surface Environments” that aims to train aerospace engineering students in solving the complex problems arising from travel to and colonization of Mars, including medical emergencies and search and rescue. Four of AsMA’s members, Benjamin Easter, M.D., Dana Levin, M.D., Allison Anderson, Ph.D., and Rick Cole, M.D., are instructors in the collaborative, cross-discipline course and are mentioned in the article.
   The idea behind the course is to create a bridge between engineers and physicians. Part of the curriculum is a simulation held at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah where students become Martians and are challenged with a scenario that involves search and rescue, navigating the harsh environment, and solving cascading problems. Among the issues that will face explorers or colonists on Mars is that interventions that work on Earth will not necessarily work on Mars. For example, a medical provider will not be able to reach a patient’s skin if they are outside in a spacesuit. Additionally, supplies will be limited and evacuation to a hospital not possible. Therefore, explorers or colonists will need to come up with solutions to solve these problems. To read the entire article and see the photos, please visit https://www.cuanschutztoday.org/pushing-the-limits-of-aerospace-medicine-in-deep-space/.