Out of this World – NASA’s Physician in Space

09 Aug, 2010

The podcast of our Season 4 premiere is now available as a free download on our iTunes page!

On Sunday August 8, Season 4 of Radio Rounds kicked off with, indeed, an “out of this world” episode, featuring special guest Dr. Michael Barratt, a mission specialist with the NASA Space Shuttle Program.

We enjoyed speaking with Dr. Barratt, who took us behind-the-scenes of a space shuttle mission, describing — among other things — the medical emergencies that arise in space. Dr. Barratt began working for NASA in 1991. Since then, he has spent time working as a NASA Flight Surgeon, and in 2009, he completed 199 days in space on board the Russian Soyuz Rocket and the International Space Station. He is currently one of the five crew members assigned to the STS-133 mission, the next planned mission of the Space Shuttle Program, scheduled for launch on the Discovery shuttle to the International Space Station on November 1, 2010.

This episode features Avash Kalra, John Corker, Shamie Das, and Lakshman Swamy as hosts, with special guest appearances by Casey McCluskey and Teresa Lee. All six are medical students at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. They discussed their varied experiences over the summer — from taking the USMLE Step 1 Exam to beginning classes in a Masters in Public Health program.

We encourage you to listen to the free-to-download podcast of the show on our iTunes page!

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