The application window for the October 2024 session is open. The next available session will convene October 7-November 1, 2024. Applications for the October 2024 session will close on June 1, 2024 at 1159 CST.
If you have read the FAQ and still have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via email at email@example.com, as hybrid work schedules are in place at JSC, and office phones may be manned sporadically until further notice.
When submitting your application, electronic submissions are strongly preferred. Please refer to the instructions in the application document and ensure that you are using a secure encrypted platform that may require a password or code to access upon receipt. (O365 is the preferred encryption platform, and if your institution has a similar platform, this may be used as well). Not encrypted applications will not be accepted and must be deleted immediately to adhere to NASA JSC policies to protect and handle your PII accordingly. Also, please confirm application receipt and do not assume your application has been received unless confirmed via email by Amy Honors.
Work Tour Description
The four-week Aerospace Medicine Clerkship is offered twice annually during April and October at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (located in Houston, TX) and 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, familiarization with the medical aspects of International Space Station operations, design, and function as well as Exploration Medical Capability for deep space exploration. Clerkship participants are required to complete a research project and scientific poster with an accompanying 250 word abstract in a current focus area of space medicine, which will be presented in an open forum poster session for not only the JSC Space Medicine Operations and clinical community, but other interested divisions/elements at JSC.
- Interested persons must be a US Citizen (or hold dual citizenship to include the US)
- The MINIMUM educational requirement is to be in your final year of medical school. (residents and attending physicians are eligible to apply)
- Must have an interest in Aerospace Medicine and plan to apply in future career goals
Application and Selection Process
All applicants must include the following:
- Statement of Interest
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- A letter of good standing and recommendation from the school or institution and an official transcript (or diploma if applicable) from the medical school is required.
Applications are due June 1st for the October clerkship and December 1st for the April clerkship.
Upon completion of the application period, a maximum of 20 students will be selected for each of the clerkships by a committee of NASA flight surgeons and other Space Medicine Training and or Clinical Operations team members.
Selection is based upon demonstrated interest and career goals involving Aerospace Medicine, academic standing, the content of a Dean’s recommendation (or direct supervisor if graduated) *, research, and work experience.
* Letter can be from the medical school Dean or Departmental Dean. Supervisor letter would apply to those beyond the 4th year and can provide their diploma.
You must send your application package via a secure email platform (ex. Gmail Confidential). Many institutions have a secure email platform in which I will create an account/password to access your attachments. Please do not submit your application via regular email as I cannot open them and they will be deleted.
***The email platform MUST be secure/encrypted to comply with NASA/JSC policies to protect your Private Identifiable Information (PII) and in order for your application to be accepted.***
If you find it necessary to Mail your application, please use USPS or a courier to send your application to:
Amy N. Honors
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Mail Code SD222
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
Logistics of the Clerkship
All costs incurred during the clerkship are your responsibility. NASA JSC or KBR provides no monies for the clerkship.
If selected, to assist with lodging, you will be supplied with access to our local JSC Housing Co-Op as well as recommendations for local hotels, extended stays, and areas to target for AirBnB and VRBO, etc.
You will be supplied with a computer to be used for research purposes only, and access to several collaborative work areas on-site at JSC.
Participants are responsible for their transportation during the clerkship. Participants are also encouraged to carpool with other clerks.
During The Clerkship
During the clerkship, you will be exposed to a variety of space medicine topics given in presentations, lectures, and tours, such as the medical equipment available to crew members in space, space physiology, radiation monitoring, tours of the training facilities, etc. The daily activities will include both presentations and tours, as well as time for you to work on your project. The schedules are always subject to change. You will be present/available M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. (40 hrs/week) and no required activities scheduled on the weekends.
This clerkship is considered an educational/research clerkship and is non-clinical. Therefore, contact/interaction with patients during the clerkship should not be expected.
Point of Contact
Amy Honors 281-483-7050
Additional Resources for Aerospace Medicine
Below are additional resources for Aerospace Medicine knowledge and networking, some of which may also provide opportunities for non-U.S. citizens.**
- Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)
- Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO)
- University of Texas Medical Branch Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine Short course. Information: 4-week course, also 4th/final year of medical school eligibility. DOES accept foreign national applications. It has many aspects that are not in the clerkship, such as commercial spaceflight and general aviation medicine.
- NASA Internships – wide range of opportunities.