DO PHYSICIAN-astronauts have opportunity to practice more conventional, earthbound medicine?
Jeff Carr of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), when asked about physician-astronauts' maintaining clinical skills, says: "They generally don't. When they come to work for [the] NASA, they are NASA astronauts, not NASA physicians."
Some Do Clinical Work
However, he adds, some find time for work in a local hospital emergency department or pursuing some other form of medical practice.One of the physician-astronauts who does work in an emergency department a few days a month is M. Rhea Seddon, MD.Says Seddon: "I have a pretty full job at [the] NASA but, to really feel like I can still diagnose a problem and treat a patient, I like to keep my hand in and do a little bit of emergency medicine."
Young Person's Job?
Another question that is asked about these physicians, and other astronauts, is: Is