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The Aerospace Medicine Track introduces medical students to aerospace medicine and to space medicine research. For more information, click on the Aerospace Medicine Track tab on this page.
Purpose of the Tracks: To provide interested students opportunities to receive expanded learning experiences in non-specialty-based areas of emphasis while completing the 4-year Integrated Medical Curriculum.
Duration: Tracks will entail 5-6 months of elective and selective experiences. A variety of configurations with regard to timing is possible. Greater flexibility will allow students to enter the track at multiple points. The following examples are simply for illustrative purposes and are not meant to exclude other approaches.
Number of months
|Between years 1-2||1||2||0||1||1|
|Year 3 elective||1||1||1||1||0|
|Year 4 electives||2||1||3||3||3|
|Year 4 selective*||1||2||1||1||1|
*BSHS, ACS or Acting Internship
Project Requirement: Programs must require a scholarly project and product (e.g., manuscript, oral presentation) for successful completion. The project should represent the culmination of 5-6 months of immersion in the field. It is expected that Track Directors will hold these projects to a substantially higher standard than the typical BSHS scholarly project.
Partial Participation: Electives and other activities should be open to interested students who do not intend to complete the entire track. Program directors may establish prerequisites for specific electives.
Student Recognition: Successful completion of all track requirements will result in a designation of "Scholar in track name" on the student's transcript and in the commencement program. A certificate of completion will be issued at the time of graduation along with the student's UTMB diploma. Participation will also be reflected in the student's MSPE ("Dean's letter").
Funding: Student completion of track-related electives and selectives will trigger teaching fund allocations to the home department of the responsible faculty member(s). A modest budget will be provided to the track director for track-related expenses.
Approval: Tracks must be approved in advance by the Curriculum Committee. A standard format for proposals will be developed.