"To educate and train the next generation of specialists in aerospace medicine"

Training in Aerospace Medicine

Training in aerospace medicine is the responsibility of the Education Committee, chaired by Dr David Powell, and comprising the Teaching and Learning sub-committee chaired by Dr John Turner, and the Assessment sub-committee chaired by Dr Kate Manderson.

See details below related to the approved curriculum for training, as well as information about the Teaching and Learning sub-committee and the Assessment sub-committee. 

Steps to apply for Fellowship or training:

  1. Download the application form (below).

  2. Submit the form with all relevant supporting documents.

  3. Complete the credit card form to pay the $250 application fee.

  4. Return the documents to teaching [at] aerospacemedicine.org.au AND fellowship [at] aerospacemedicine.org.au

Documents:

acasm_application_for_fellowship_information_sheet_2014.pdf

acasm_application_for_training_or_fellowship.doc

credit_card_form.doc

Your application will be assessed by the Education Committee, and you will be notified of your eligibility for:

  • basic training

  • advanced training, with recognition of prior learning for specified competencies

  • examination, with Fellowship granted on successful completion of the exam

  • Fellowship outright (only in extraordinary circumstances).

The examination fee is $750.

Curriculum

The curriculum has been prepared by the Assessment sub-committee in consultation with the Education Committee.

Version 1 of the College training curriculum is now available in pdf format for trainees.  It can be accessed via the link on this page.  The curriculum is closely aligned with that of the College of Physicians particularly in Domain 8 “Professional Qualities of a Specialist”. 

acasm_training_curriculum_master_050514.pdf

Each Domain of the curriculum covers the main competencies required of a specialist in aerospace medicine.  This curriculum contains broad learning objectives which can be used as guidance for advanced trainees in the preparation for the final exam. 

For further information, contact Dr Kate Manderson, Chair of the Assessments Subcommittee: gordon.cable [at] aerospacemedicine.org.au

Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning sub-committee is chaired by Dr John Turner, under the Education Committee chaired by Dr David Powell.

The College training programme will facilitate supervised progression through defined competencies in aerospace medicine, with regular summative and formative assessments over a four year period.

The training programme is flexible, and tailored to accommodate individuals’ circumstances.  It is expected that a Trainee working in a setting with a reasonable exposure to aerospace medicine could meet the competencies and assessments from any location in Australasia.

More details on the training programme will be made available as soon as the training programme is developed.

Assessment

The Assessment sub-committee is chaired by Dr Kate Manderson, under the Education Committee chaired by Dr David Powell.

Assessment of competence is continuous throughout training, and is based on satisfactory performance in the following:

  1. Three written reports of 2 000 to 3 000 words, comprising
    1. one aeromedical case report;
    2. one literature review or evidence-based medicine report;
    3. one additional report, either case study or literature review.
  2. A research project of direct relevance to aerospace medicine, 3 000 to 5 000 words, leading to;
    1. a scientific presentation at an approved conference; and
    2. a publication in an approved peer-reviewed scientific journal
  3. At least two mini-Clinical Exams (mini-CEx) each year assessed ‘satisfactory’, one of which must be assessed by a Fellow other than the Supervisor;
  4. At least two Case-based Discussions each year assessed ‘satisfactory’, one of which must be assessed by a Fellow other than the Supervisor; and
  5. At least one Critical Appraisal of 500 to 1 000 words each year, critically reviewing a journal article in aerospace medicine (including as part of the initial peer-review process).
  6. An exit examination, consisting of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination, to be held in conjunction the the annual scientific meeting of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine each year.

Relevant documents

PDF icon acasm_assessment_subcommittee_by-law_2014.pdf

PDF icon acasm_plagiarism_policy_2014.pdf

PDF icon acasm_mini_cex_policy_2014.pdf

PDF icon acasm_reconsideration_review_and_appeal_by-law_2014.pdf

PDF icon acasm_cbd_policy_2014.pdf

Candidates granted Advanced Trainee status may have to complete selected assessments and/or the exit examination, determined on a case by case basis.

For more information about assessment, please refer to the College Training Manual and the Curriculum of Training.