Space Medicine Pathway

Sirus Jesudasen, fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, talks about his experience with the Space Medicine Pathway.

The Center for Space Medicine offers cutting-edge electives in space medicine to undergraduate medical students at Baylor College of Medicine.

Currently, two didactic electives are offered sequentially followed by a research elective. Students completing all three electives are recognized as having completed the Space Medicine Pathway, which is the only track of its kind in the world. The pathway provides a unique program of study wherein students acquire knowledge and experience in biomedical science, technology and medicine relevant to both human space exploration and medical care on Earth.

Students may apply to the Space Medicine Pathway when they have completed the first didactic elective (MESPM 610) and are enrolled in or have completed the second didactic elective (MESPM 611). The process for applying is announced during the second didactic elective course. All applications are reviewed by the pathway director.

Once accepted into the pathway, a student takes the space medicine research elective (MESPM 615). Objectives of each elective within the Space Medicine Pathway are described in the Student Handbook and are linked to the goals of the pathway and the Baylor Core Competency Graduation Goals pertaining to medical knowledge.

CSM's elective courses are taught by Baylor faculty as well as experts from other institutions and NASA. The electives are popular and receive rave reviews from students. See information about the description of the pathway and lecture videos.


"The space medicine course was unique. The quality of the speakers and their experiences and stories made it an 'only at Baylor' type of experience. Without a doubt, it was the most enjoyable elective of the year." - MS-1 student

Taking a class at the Center for Space Medicine means more than fulfilling a course requirement. You will become a part of a world-class academic program at the frontier of medicine and space, enabling human space flight and improving health care from urban hospitals to the most extreme environments on Earth.

At the center, students, scientists, engineers and physicians collaborate and contribute to important new discoveries in biomedical science and apply technologies for space to improve medical care on Earth. The program has a distinguished faculty, including scientific leaders, former astronauts and flight surgeons, that all have years of experience and knowledge in their respective fields. Students not only learn from this diverse group of experts, but also work closely with them on projects at the cutting edge of medical research.