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Department: MEOSA-Student Affairs
Course: 611-Topics in Human Space Exploration and Medicine

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Course Faculty:
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 2
Min. Number of Students:Max: 99
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
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
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Statement of Goals:
The elective 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 on Earth. Through this elective students will be exposed to leaders and discoveries at the interface of medicine and space. Important themes that will be emphasized include the (i) bidrectional interface between basic and clinical knowledge, (ii) integration of science, medicine, engineering and education, and (iii) value of clinical and operational expertise in guiding research and development.
Learning Activities
Objectives of the elective include: 1) Introducing students to how remote, harsh environments on Earth can serve as analogs to improve capabilities for space; 2) Exposing students to technological and clinical care advances in space medicine; 3) Providing information on countermeasures research to mitigate risks to human health in space; 4) Discussing the role of the International Space Station for space biomedical and international collaborations; 5) Describing the role of the commercial sector in partnering with academia and government for research and the emerging sector of commercial spaceflight. Instruction will consist of lecture by leading national and international experts, including senior scientists and physicians with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).
Evaluation Methods
Pass/Fail based on attendance of at least 85% of the lectures.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Wednesdays, 12:10 - 1:00p.m. beginning October 6, 2010
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Nancy Gibbins
Contact Phone: 713-798-7639
Contact Fax: 713-798-7413
Contact Location:
Address: NA-425

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