October 01, 2013
Board Certification Announcement 2014
by Lt. Cdr. Heath M. Clifford, USN, M.A.Ed., CAsP
The Executive Council of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) acting upon recommendations of the Aerospace Physiology Certification Board grants certification in aerospace physiology. Board certification in aerospace physiology was established by the Aerospace Medical Association to encourage the study, improve the practice, and elevate the standards of excellence in aerospace physiology. Formal Board Certification provides an avenue for professional and peer recognition in aerospace medicine, and is a worthy goal for members to attain.
This year’s certification examination will be offered at the 85th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association on Sunday, 11 May 2014, in San Diego, CA.
Board certification is for professionals with an abiding interest and demonstrated productivity in the field of aerospace physiology. Applicants must possess, as a minimum, a baccalaureate degree either in physiology, or a closely related science. A history of significant contributions to aerospace physiology is also required. Applicants should have five years of active professional experience in an aeromedical field. Exceptional applicants can request a waiver of any and all of the aforementioned eligibility requirements by submitting a letter to the Admissions Committee Chair. This letter shall specify experience, knowledge, education, or other facets, which alleviate the need to meet eligibility requirements.
The 5-hour exam contains questions covering various areas relevant to aerospace physiology including, but not limited to general human physiology, acceleration physiology, decompression physiology, impact, hypoxia, vibration and noise, operational aspects, space physiology, and spatial orientation.
Applications and letters of reference are due to the Admissions Committee no later than Saturday, 1 March 2014. Applicants should contact the Admissions Chair for an application form (available in English only). Applicants must also submit a suitable digital portrait photograph (5x7), a short professional biography of less than 300 words, two professional letters of recommendation submitted directly to the Board, and a one-time, non refundable Application Fee of $25 (U.S.). A non-refundable $75 Examination Fee is due prior to the exam. Make checks payable to the Aerospace Physiology Certification Board. Applicants must submit documents to the Admissions Chair in a digital format; MS-Word compatible for text documents, and high-resolution JPEG for graphics/photos.
Applications for Aerospace Physiology Board Certification are available from the Admissions Committee Chairman:
Maj. James W. Davis, USAF, BSC, M.S., CAsP
Aerospace & Operational Physiology Flight Commander
Aerospace Medicine Squadron
431 Myers Street
Shaw AFB, SC 29151
Comm: (803) 895-6789
Deadline for Application: 1 March 2014