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Aerospace Medicine Fellowship (Minnesota)

Curriculum

Two-year fellowship

The fellowship begins with an orientation program in Rochester, during the summer of the academic year.

Next, fellows will spend eight weeks in the Aerospace Medicine Clinic in partial completion of ACGME requirements for first year clinical time.

This is followed by academic training at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, leading to a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree. Remote course work is encouraged to maximize the exposure to patient care and to facilitate the completion of the required four months of clinical duties the first year, which are simultaneous with the work of the MPH.

Upon successful completion of the MPH coursework and the simultaneous 4 months of clinical rotations, the Fellows then rotate at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Aerospace Sciences learning the basic principles of flight. Topics include fixed and rotary wing flight, space flight and a variety of other aerospace disciplines. Fellows will have the opportunity to undergo flight training, considering and or building upon their prior experience.

While obtaining an MPH, you will receive full stipend and benefits from Mayo Clinic. In addition, tuition at the University of Minnesota will be paid. Fellows are expected to report for all scheduled duties in Rochester, and accordingly are expected to reside within twenty-five miles of Rochester to support their clinical responsibilities.

Objectives of the academic training at the University of Minnesota include:

  • Identify and define biological, chemical, physical, and other environmental factors that affect the health of persons in the community and be able to identify and define measures for the detection and control of those factors.
  • Identify and define social, cultural, political, economic, behavioral, and other factors that affect the health of persons in a community and be able to identify and define an appropriate method of changing those factors to achieve a higher level of health in that community.
  • Identify and describe components and operation of health service delivery systems as they affect prevention and health care for individuals in the community.
  • Identify, define, and demonstrate ability to apply methods, techniques, and procedures of information collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, reporting, and interpretation.
  • Identify and define factors that inhibit or facilitate cross-disciplinary cooperation and through course work or field experience, demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge in the solution of public health problems requiring cross-disciplinary participation.

Rotations & experiences

Core rotations include:

  • Flight familiarization (University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences on-site rotation)
  • University of Minnesota's standard courses required for the M.P.H.

The Executive Program in Public Health Practice (EPHP) is part of the Public Health Practice Major. It offers a flexible curriculum that students may tailor to their career and practice. The program is aimed at professionals with significant work experience in the area of health or human services, and who also have an advanced degree, such as an M.D.

Forty-two credits are required for graduation. There is a basic curriculum (24.5 credits) consisting of the following courses:

  • PubH 6299 Public Health as a Team Sport: the Power of Collaboration (1.5)*
  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3)**
  • PubH 6102 Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (2)**
  • PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3)**
  • PubH 6414 Biostatistical Methods I (3)**
  • PubH 6741 Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (1)**
  • PubH 6752 Public Health Management (3)**
  • PubH 7294 Master's Project: Public Health Practice (4)
  • PubH 7296 Field Experience: Public Health Practice (4)

*This course is offered the weekend prior to the start of the Public Health Institute

**These courses are offered online and in-person.

The remainder of credits are achieved in the Focus Area Curriculum (17.5 credit minimum). Students select an established focus area or design their own using an approved public health practice template. The focus area should be detailed in the applicant's statement of purpose and objectives. The focus area curriculum gives the student the opportunity to investigate specific public health applications. Students are required to choose at least one class from each of the four goals incorporating public health practice domains as established by the Council on Linkages. The four goals are: public policy development using a systems framework; interventions based on the dimensions of community and culture; assessment and application of basic public health sciences; and program management and communications principles.

The clinical requirement – includes supervised experience and training in clinical aerospace medicine, hyperbaric and altitude medicine, occupational medicine, preventive medicine, women's health, general internal medicine, and multiple aeromedical and sub-specialty training environments.

Clinical objectives at Mayo Clinic include:

  • Develop further proficiency in individual patient and population-based aerospace medical approaches underscoring the links among environment, host and disease.
  • Manage Aeromedical FAA Certification for professional and private pilots.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ethical, social, legal, and cultural issues related to aeromedical preventive risk assessment and interventions.
  • Refine communication skills at all levels - groups, other health professionals - about health risks, and appropriate preventive interventions.
  • Develop skills in computer literature searching, word processing, and data management.
  • Demonstrate skills in applying epidemiologic concepts in study design, analysis, and critical appraisal of literature.
  • Develop leadership skills and competence in the management of the health of flyers and passengers.
  • Demonstrate understanding of aerospace environmental and occupational health issues and regulations.
  • Develop clinical aeromedical skills and competence.

You will apply the principles learned in academic course work during the clinical experience in achieving the above objectives.

Rotations, courses & experiences

Core rotations include:

  • Basic and Advanced Aerospace and Aeromedical Sciences (Mayo, FAA, USAF)
  • Hypobaric and hyperbaric chamber physiologic and clinical training
  • Military Aviation experiences including USAF School of Aerospace Medicine on-site courses
  • Space Medicine experiences (Mayo, FAA, NASA)
  • Aircraft Mishap Investigation and Prevention Course (USAFSAM)
  • Aircrew and passenger safety (courses, experiences at Mayo, USAFSAM, FAA including basic survival, complex systems, human error)
  • Civil Aviation/FAA experiences including the basic Aviation Medical Examiner course
  • Aeromedical Transport experiences including the basic Aviation Medical Examiner course
  • Aeromedical Transport experiences including hands-on Mayo Transport experiences
  • Leadership, business, ethics and law seminars and courses
  • Aeromedical Research Project
  • Mayo on-site clinical experiences in aerospace medicine, cardiology, pulmonology, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurology, and psychiatry
  • Electives (see below)

Many of these rotations will be spent off of the Mayo campus at sites as per the degree of specialization and ACGME/ABPM requirements.

Electives

Some time is provided to pursue an elective rotation per interest and availability from among the extensive resources available on campus at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Conferences

As an Aerospace Medicine fellow, you are also required to attend these seminars and conferences:

  • DPOAM Education Conference (monthly)
  • DPOAM Journal Club (monthly)
  • Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Core Curriculum Lectures (weekly)
  • Aerospace Medicine Journal Club (monthly)
  • American College of Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting (yearly)
  • Aerospace Medical Association Annual Meeting (yearly)

Research training

Your opportunities for research experience at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. During the fellowship, you will complete a research project in the Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine. Fellows are encouraged to consider initiating their research project in their first year to allow sufficient time to accomplish a high quality and publishable project.

Evaluation

To ensure that fellows acquire adequate knowledge and practical skills, program performance is monitored throughout the fellowship and formally evaluated quarterly. In-training exams will measure progress and prepare fellows for eventual board certification.