Grand Rounds and Activities

Aerospace medicine faculty and residents participate in a variety of activities, including:

Grand Rounds

May and June 2020:

Due to COVID-19, Grand Rounds for May will be presented using Microsoft Teams.

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Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds Archives

We are working on compiling a new archive.  Those that have been granted permission to post publicly may be found below.  For others, please send inquiries to  

Aerospace Medicine Grand Rounds

June 9
Amy J. Kreykes, MD, MPH
Ann H. Tsung, MD, MPH
Residents, Aerospace Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch

May 12
"COVID-19 Ward Experience"
Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
LSUHSC Internal Medicine – Baton Rouge
Associate Program Director, Aerospace Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
MS Teams Videoconference

April 9 - 
Cancelled, COVID-19

March 12 - Cancelled, COVID-19

February 12 - Cancelled

January 8 - Cancelled

November 12, 2019
"The Citizen Professional and the Politization of Science"
Jeffrey Farroni, PhD, JD
Associate Professor
Director, Institute for Medical Humanities Clinical Ethics Program
University of Texas Medical Branch

October 8, 2019
"Dental Issues in Remote Environments"
Robert Koff, DMD
Private Practice
Consultant, US Antarctic Program
Center for Polar Medical Operations, University of Texas Medical Branch

September 10, 2019
"Updates and Clinical Guidelines for Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension"
Michael Nguyen, MD
Medical Director, Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care Center
University of Texas Medical Branch

August 13, 2019

Moriah S. Thompson, MD, MPH
Resident Graduate, Aerospace Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch

July 9, 2019
"Returning Astronauts to Space from U.S. Soil - The First Steps"
James M. Vanderploeg, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor, Aerospace Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch
Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Galactic
(UTMB Commercial Spaceflight Day- no video)

June 6, 2019
"Thrombosis in Microgravity"
Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor and NASA Astronaut
NASA Johnson Space Center

May 7
No broadcast this month.
Residents presenting at Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting

April 9
"Patient Safety: Lessons Learned from Aviation"
Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH
Associate Professor and Director, Aerospace Medicine Residency
Preventive Medicine and Community Health
University of Texas Medical Branch

March 12
"Aerospace Medicine at UTMB: Launching into the Future from a Distinguished Past"
William E. Powers, MD, MS
Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Preventive Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

February 12
"Space Medicine in Cologne, Germany: A Resident's Experience with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and European Space Agency (ESA)"

Christopher T. Haas, MD, MPH
Resident, Aerospace Medicine Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch

January 8 - Cancelled

December 11
"Autonomous Medical Support for Exploration Missions: Research, Training, and Operations"
Douglas Ebert, PhD
Senior Scientist, KBRwyle / NASA Johnson Space Center
Fellow, NASA Human Health and Performance Contract
(Recording pending approval)

November- Ethics
"The Next Copernican Revolution: What if We're Not at the Center of the Ethical Universe?"
Jeffrey Farroni, JD, PhD
Director of Clinical Ethics for the Health System
Assistant Professor, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Fellow, James Wade Rockwell Distinguished Professorship in Medical Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch


There are currently two opportunities for learners who are not part of our Aerospace Medicine Residency Program.  The following can be taken as electives in a current training program if applicable.

NASA Johnson Space Center Space Medicine Clerkship

The four week Space Medicine Clerkship is offered by the NASA Johnson Space Center semi-annually during the months of April and October and is located at the Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas).  The Clerkship typically begins the first Monday and concludes on the last Friday of the month. The clerkship involves formal lectures on space medicine topics and issues, as well as familiarization with the medical aspects of International Space Station operations, design and function. Clerkship participants are required to complete a research project and paper in a current focus area of space medicine, which will be presented both orally and written to the JSC Space Medicine Community.

Interested applicants should visit for additional information and to apply directly with the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Other Resources

Aerospace Medical Association

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aviation, space, and environmental medicine.

For more information on AsMA, visit

American College of Preventive Medicine

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional medical society of more than 2,700 preventive medicine and public health physicians who manage, research, and influence population health. Preventive medicine physicians are employed in a wide range of sectors and settings including leaders in local, national, and international health sectors.

To learn more about ACPM, visit

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

The ACGME accredits Sponsoring Institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on additional program formats or components, and dedicates resources to initiatives addressing areas of import in graduate medical education.

For more information on accreditation and program requirements visit

Aerospace medical student and resident organization

AMSRO is the official student and resident organization of the Aerospace Medical Association. Its members include medical residents, medical students, graduate students, allied health students, and undergraduate students.

For more information about AMSRO visit

Other Places to Learn


Preventive Medicine Residency Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Phone: (409) (409) 747-6131

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Aerospace Medicine Residency
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Program Manager
Preventive Medicine Residency Programs