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Ward Award: Bonnie Posselt

July 15, 2022

Ward Award: Bonnie Posselt

Established and sponsored by the Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons in memory of its first member to lose his life in an aircraft accident, and to honor all flight surgeons whose lives are lost in the pursuit of flying activities related to the practice of aerospace medicine. The award is given annually for superior performance and/or outstanding achievement in the art and science of aerospace medicine during residency training.

Bonnie Posselt, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., D.Av.Med., MRCP (UK), MRAeS, is the 2022 recipient of the Julian E. Ward Memorial Award. She was honored for her outstanding performance during her aerospace medicine residency, delivering exceptional research outputs into analogue space missions together with investigating human vision performance using HMDs, assessing the stresses placed on the optical system, and determining the appropriate visual standards required for military aircrew. Clinically, she has conducted world wide repatriation of patients and has been an exceptional advocate for the residency program. As a STEM ambassador she outreaches to schools and colleges to promote aviation and space careers.
   A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Posselt earned a B.Sc. in Aerospace Physiology at King’s College London, United
Kingdom, in 2008. She graduated from Manchester University in 2009 with her M.B.Ch.B. and earned a post-graduate certificate in Aviation Medicine from King’s College London and a Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 2016. She attended the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in 2018 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Birmingham. She is also an Aeromedical Physician in the Royal Air Force, a Locum doctor in the Emergency Depart ment of John Radcliffe Hospital, Medacs Healthcare Agency, and a Field Medical Officer in the Austrian Space Forum. She is additionally serving as Specialty Registrar in Aviation and Space Medicine for Defence Denary, Centre of Aviation Me di cine, RAF Henlow.
   Dr. Posselt is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the General Medical Council, the Medical Protection Society, and the Royal Aeronautical Society. She is a committee member of UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences, a military division committee member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a trainee representative on the Specialty Advisory Committee for Aviation and Space Medicine, and a STEM outreach ambassador as well as an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. Her awards and honors include the Royal Society of Medicine COLT Medicine Research Prize in the lightning presentation category, the Sword of Honour, RAF U.S. Exchange Officer of the Year, a UK Space Agency Space Studies Programme Scholarship, AsMA’s International Aerospace Medicine Scholarship, and the Space Medicine Association’s Jeff Myers Young Investigator award. She has 11 publications and 21 abstracts to her name, been involved in over 7 research projects, 2 placements in overseas study, and over 31 presentations and speaking engagements.