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UNBeknownst Episode 16: Mike Harrison on emergency medicine during a pandemic, flight surgery and the long way to get to what you love

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Apr 8, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton , Podcast


Mike Harrison (BScKin’02, MScExSS’05) is a flight surgeon, as well as an emergency medicine and critical care physician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He was recently one of the flight surgeons for SpaceX’s Crew-1 Dragon - which launched in 2020 and returned in 2021.  Mike graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a Master of Science in exercise and sport science. We talk with Mike about his work as an ER and aerospace physician, what it’s like to be part of a space crew, and what it takes to follow your dreams and shoot for the stars. 

In this episode: 

  • What is aerospace surgery and how Mike got into it 
  • How emergency medicine has changed since the pandemic  
  • The different perspectives of health care workers during the pandemic 
  • Why the longer path to getting to where he’s supposed to be was helpful 
  • The excitement of being part of the future of space travel 
  • The unknown physiologic effects on humans in space 

Where to listen: 

Links and resources: 

Mike’s Twitter 

UNB Kinesiology 

Thanks to: 

Ouralumni host, Ian Smith 

Music by alumni artist,Beats of Burden 

Our alumniAffinity Partners, TD Insurance, Manulife, and MBNA Mastercard  

 
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