Aerospace medicine is the occupational medicine of the flight environment. It concerns the intersection of human physiology and pathophysiology with the stressors and exposures of aviation and space flight. It is a preventive medicine discipline that requires the tools of public health, expert clinical acumen and fluent interpersonal skills in order to optimally protect aircrew, passengers and the public.
The intent of the Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medicine Fellowship is to provide the means for experienced clinicians with an established aerospace proficiency to focus and to refine their abilities in aerospace medicine and to become leaders in both the clinical and research domains, advancing aeromedical science and aerospace safety.
It is a clinically intensive fellowship, with four months of clinical rotations expected in the first year while simultaneously completing a master's in public health. A high degree of clinical proficiency and autonomy combined with prior substantive aerospace exposure are prerequisites.
During this program, fellows will receive specialty training in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disorders associated with aerospace environments and with the adaptive systems designed to enhance performance and support life under such conditions. They will also work with patients with a broad range of acute and chronic illnesses.
The Fellowship will emphasize the:
- Health management of individuals working in all aerospace environments
- Promotion of passenger health, safety and comfort
- Comprehension of care and safety issues in aeromedical transport
- Assessing human factors and ergonomic concepts in the aerospace environment
- Promotion of aerospace operational safety and mishap prevention
- Interpretation and performance aeromedical research
The Aerospace Medicine Fellowship Program has received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
All applicants must have completed an ABMS accredited residency of at least three years duration in family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and/or emergency medicine and be board certified/eligible in one of those specialties. Additional post-training experience in the specialty is viewed favorably.
Because aerospace medicine specialists are often employed and deployed in high-stakes, and often remote, operational aviation or space flight settings, whether civilian or military, it is expected that this program will represent for the trainee a logical extension and progression of prior substantive and autonomous experiences in aviation and/or medical care. These may include, but are not limited to: personal or professional piloting, air traffic control, ground support operations, aeromedical evacuation, military duty, published aviation research, aeronautical engineering, and post-training clinical experience at an attending or similarly autonomous level.
The two-year program includes pursuing an master's of public health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health; and clinical training and research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and other sites.