Aerospace/Internal Medicine Residency (Combined)

4-Year Internal Medicine/Aerospace Medicine Residency

UTMB offers a combined, 4-year Internal Medicine/Aerospace Medicine Residency. Residents pursuing this pathway will be eligible for both Internal Medicine and Aerospace Medicine board certification, via the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Preventive Medicine, respectively, at the completion of their training. The combined program offers a flexible clinical training schedule in desired IM pathways such as academia, medical sub-specialty fellowship, hospitalist career, or general primary care. Residents from our combined program are trained to provide medical support to populations exposed to aerospace and extreme environments, and to be knowledgeable about the physical and engineering aspects of the flight environment (e.g., including, but not limited to, the physiology of high G-stress, hyper- and hypobaric environments, and radiation exposure). Our residents have the privilege of training in various locations, including the University of Texas Medical Branch, NASA Johnson Space Center, commercial space companies, Federal Aviation Administration, United States Air Force, US Antarctica Program, and various other sites.


  • Applicants to the combined program are not required to have completed prior residency training
  • Must have passed Steps 1 and 2 of USMLE or COMLEX in no more than 3 attempts (contact the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to request an official USMLE transcript for application)
  • Must have current ECFMG certification (if international graduate)
  • Must meet all School of Public and Population Health admission requirements upon acceptance into the program
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident (due to United States governmental support of the program)
  • Must be eligible to obtain either a Texas Physician in Training permit (PIT) or a full Texas medical license from the Texas Medical Board.

Application Process

All applicants to the combined program must submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) for combined program number 7514844009.

Applications will be considered separately by each specialty and acceptance into the combined program is contingent upon acceptance to the Emergency Medicine and Aerospace Medicine residency programs.

Residents accepted into the program will be required to apply to the UTMB School of Public and Population Health if a prior MPH or equivalent is not obtained.

Note: Combined applicants interview with both programs independently. Aerospace Medicine interviews consist of consecutive two-days.

Residency Application

UTMB Aerospace Medicine Residency application


October 1 for Aerospace Medicine (categorical)

October 1 for Internal Medicine/Aerospace Medicine (combined)

October 1 for Emergency Medicine/Aerospace Medicine (combined)


Aerospace Medicine Residency Program
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1150

Phone: (409) 747-6131

Serena Auñón-Chancellor, MD, MPH
Program Director
Aerospace Medicine

Lindsay Sonstein, MD, FACP
Co-Program Director, Internal Medicine

R. Yvette Schulz, MBA
Program Manager
Aerospace Medicine