December 23, 2015
Aerospace Physiology Board Certification Announcement 2016
by NATHAN B. MAERTENS, Maj., USAF, BSC, CAsP
The 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 87th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association on Sunday, 24 April 2016, in Atlantic City, NJ. 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 (including as a minimum at least 18 hours of biological sciences). A history of significant contributions to aerospace physiology is also required. Applicants should have 5 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 Sunday, 14 February 2016. Applicants should contact the Admissions Chair for an application form (available in English only). Applicants must also submit a suitable digital portrait photograph (5 × 7), 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. In addition, a $50 Certification Fee is payable prior to sitting for the examination that is refundable if not certified. Make checks payable to the Aerospace Physiology Certification Board. Applicants must submit documents to the Admissions Chair in a digital format: MSWord compatible for text documents and high-resolution JPEG for graphics/photos.
Applications for Aerospace Physiology Board Certification are available from the Admissions Committee Chairman:
NATHAN B. MAERTENS, Maj, USAF, BSC, CAsP
Aerospace & Operational Physiology Flight Commander
21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron
799 Vincent St
Peterson AFB, CO 80914
Comm: (719) 556-7653
Deadline for Application: 14 February 2016