This two-year training program is fully-accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In addition to their clinical training, residents must complete graduate-level coursework, leading to a Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine. This coursework is integrated within the two-year program. At the completion of their training, residents will receive both a residency certificate and a Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine, thus fulfilling the board eligibility requirements for certification in aerospace medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
The Division of Aerospace Medicine offers two residency training pathways, the standard Aerospace Medicine Residency pathway and the Critical Care Air Transport pathway. Both pathways are within the Aerospace Medicine Residency Program and both lead to board eligibility for certification in aerospace medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Additionally, both pathways follow the same training program outline (see below), however individual rotations vary based on the pathway followed.
Critical Care Air Transport Pathway
The Critical Care Air Transport (CCAT) pathway at Wright State University is the first of its kind within the realm of graduate medical education. Technological advances in both medical equipment, aviation platforms, and telecommunication capabilities over the past several decades have resulted in the proliferation of critical care air transport evolving into a global endeavor providing short notice seamless worldwide transport of critically ill patients in both the civilian and military realms. Similar medical contingency planning for transport of ill and injured crewmembers is also being developed and becoming required training for flight surgeons serving in operational capacities for both NASA and emerging civilian commercial spaceflight companies. Transport of critically ill and injured patients, crewmembers and passengers requires physicians to be involved in these operations in both a clinical and administrative role.
As well as completing core aerospace medicine training, residents in the CCAT pathway will be required to become exceptionally familiar with multiple modes of critical care air transport incorporating training opportunities drawn from both the civilian and military realms. Residents will have first-hand experience in operational protocols and procedures utilized in patient assessment, preparation, coordination, transport and processing at point-of-care medical treatment facilities. Upon completion of the new critical care air transport pathway at Wright State University, it is anticipated that graduates will become the next generation of expert opinion and oversight for such transport systems and operations. It is a requirement of the Division of Aerospace Medicine that CCAT pathway applicants be board certified/eligible emergency medicine trained physicians.
Minimum Requirements for Residency Applicants
- This is a NASA-funded program. United States citizenship is required.
- Successful completion of all three USMLE or NBOME step examinations.
- An ECFMG certificate, if the applicant is a foreign medical graduate (FMG).
- Applicants for the standard Aerospace Medicine Residency pathway must have successfully completed at least 12 months of clinical education (PGY-1) in a residency program accredited by the ACGME, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Resident experience must include at least 11 months of direct patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
- Applicants for the CCAT pathway must be board certified/eligible emergency medicine trained physicians.
Preferred Experience for Residency Applicants
- Completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited residency program.
- Board Certification by an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Board.
- Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree.
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Certificate or higher.
Training Program Outline
First Year: During the first year of training residents will be enrolled full-time in the Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine curriculum and complete three semesters of coursework. Additionally, residents complete a minimum of 80 days of clinical rotations involving direct patient care. The clinical portion of training in the first year is conducted at the ASM Flight Medicine Clinic and nearby medical offices. Residents will also attend EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the annual Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) meeting. Flight training and ground school, tailored to the resident’s aviation background, is also conducted throughout the first year. CCAT pathway residents will have additional duties within a local Emergency Department.
Second Year: During the second year of training residents complete rotations at numerous locations both locally and outside the Dayton metropolitan area. Local rotations include the Greene County Combined Health District (GCCHD), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, ASM Flight Medicine Clinic and the Kettering Medical Center. Rotations outside the Dayton metropolitan area include EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; NASA/Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas; NASA/Kennedy Space Center, Florida; FAA/CAMI, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Annual Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) meeting; and the FAA/Great Lakes Regional Office, Chicago, Illinois. CCAT pathway residents also have the opportunity to attend rotations both nationally and internationally at facilities running Critical Care Air Transport Programs.
Master of Science Degree: The Master of Science in Aerospace Medicine degree is awarded to residents who complete 42 semester hours of graduate course work as described in the M.S. curriculum.
Several scholarships are available through the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), the AsMA Foundation, Constituent Organizations of AsMA and other organizations affiliated with the AsMA.
The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine also has a scholarship program to enable young physicians commencing a career in aerospace medicine to undertake training in the specialty. The scholarship can be used to facilitate attendance at a formal training course, or participation in a work program (one year or more, structured towards educational goals) in a recognized aerospace medicine institute.