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Department: MEOSA-Student Affairs
Course: 610-Intro. to Human Space Exploration & Medicine

Course Director: Jeffrey P. Sutton, M.D., Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Dr. Adrian LeBlanc,Dr. Douglas Hamilton,Dr. Jeanne Becker,Dr. Jonathan Clark,Dr. Marcelo Vazquez,David Carl Hilmers, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 4
Min. Number of Students:Max: 
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
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Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
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Statement of Goals:
The elective course has been developed as part of the education component of the newly formed Center for Space Medicine (CSM) at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). The elective course is designed to introduce students to knowledge about 1) biomedical risks associated with human space exploration, and 2) the emerging discipline of space medicine. The course will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about new discoveries in biomedical science, technology and medicine relevant to space and how these advances enhance health and medical care on Earth.
Learning Activities
The educational objectives for the elective are to: 1) Introduce students to knowledge about biomedical risks and human adaptation associated with space travel: 2) Provide information on how the unique environment of space, including reduced gravity and solar particle radiation, induces changes resembling medical disorders on Earth; 3) Describe scientific research, new technologies and medical approaches to decrease risks for human space exploration; 4) Teach students about interdisciplinary approaches for solving biomedical problems arising on international space missions; and 5)Expose students to interfaces and opportunities between space medicine and other areas of science, medicine and engineering. Instruction will consist of lectures by experts, including senior scientists and physicians with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), former NASA flight surgeons, and astronauts with long-duration flight experience aboard the International Space Station. Interactive discussions will be encouraged. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of some of the fundamental biomedical issues facing astronauts and perspectives on how medical care for space exploration impacts both space missions and medical advances on Earth.
Evaluation Methods
Pass/Fail based on attendance of at least 85% of the lectures.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Lectures held at Noon - 1:10pm on Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, and 15; Location to be announced.
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Nancy Gibbins
Contact Phone: (713) 798-7639
Contact Fax: (713) 798-7413
Contact Location: NEUR-425
Address: NA-425

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