Professional title: Dr Bonnie Posselt
Companies & organisations: RAF
Bonnie is a medical officer in the RAF, specialising in Aviation and Space Medicine. She is one of only four registrars nationwide. Bonnie is physician trained, with her core training being undertaken through the ACCS pathway in London. During this time, she also partook in a number of aeromedical evacuations, repatriating injured service personnel back to UK treatment facilities.
Furthermore, during her registrar training, she chose to participate in a 6-month Diploma in Aviation Medicine and a 2-month Space Studies Programme at the International Space University in the Netherlands. Bonnie is now enrolled in a PhD programme with the Engineering department of the University of Birmingham, conducting the research remotely in the US.
In addition to this, Bonnie is an associate fellow of both the Aerospace Medical Association and the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Bonnie is currently based in Dayton, Ohio, USA on a 3-year exchange placement with USAF, based at their centre of Aerospace Medicine, Wright-Patterson Air Force base. It is here that she is undertaking a PhD in human performance using Helmet Mounted Displays and investigating the most appropriate visual standards to optimally use such technology. When in the UK, she is based at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire.
Having experienced first-hand the difficulties of providing medical care to a high-fidelity analogue space organisation and working with many other doctors in a variety of analogue environments, Bonnie discovered that there is no overarching support system to provide oversight and guidance, with little regulation in this niche field of expedition and space medicine. It is her ambition to create such a group to provide that support to doctors and improve the medical care being delivered across the whole spectrum of analogue space missions.
In her spare time, Bonnie dabbles in kitesurfing and scuba diving and is currently working towards her private pilot’s licence.