Dr. Jonny Kim comes with his fair share of accomplishments. He’s been considered one of the brightest and most valuable minds in the medical industry, and now he’s headed to outer space. After graduating high school, Kim completed more than 100 active-duty tours throughout the Middle East during his time as a special operations sniper in the Navy. He then went on to graduate from the University of San Diego in 2012 and Harvard Medical School in 2016, where he quickly had become a standout in his graduating class.
Now Dr. Jonny Kim is heading for NASA as part of the department’s Artemis Program. Learn more about his exciting adventures and what it will be like to use his healthcare training in space.
Inside the NASA Artemis Program
The Artemis Program is the latest big swing from NASA. Through this ambitious undertaking, NASA plans on sending the first woman and the next man to the moon by 2024, so researchers can learn as much as they can about the lunar surface. The department then hopes to share these findings with international partners in hopes of creating a sustainable form of transportation to and from the moon by 2028.
All of this is in preparation for the next phase of NASA’s master plan: sending astronauts to Mars, which is considered the next frontier in the quest to explore space. But going back to the moon is an important first step.
Several nations have announced plans to travel to the moon in the next decade. NASA hopes to make America the first country to send live astronauts to Mars, which could unlock new insights into life here on earth. The capital “A” from the Artemis logo represents the agency’s mission to travel further into space. It just needs the right men and women for the job – and Kim is one of them.
Kim’s Journey from War Hero to Astronaut
Born and raised in Los Angeles by Korean American immgirants, Dr. Jonny Kim knew he wanted to practice medicine after returning home from his time as a Navy Seal. He reported for duty in August 2017. As a special operations sniper, Kim has plenty of experience with high-stress situations and life-and-death experiences. Instead of helping the U.S. fight a war, he treated as many patients as possible as a combat medic. He graduated from two of the top medical schools in the nation with flying colors: USD and Harvard Medical School. In 2017, he also served as an emergency medicine resident at two of the most prestigious medical facilities in the country, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
He then decided to fulfill his dream of becoming a U.S. NASA astronaut. Along with 18,000 applicants, Kim submitted his application to NASA to joing future space missions. Thanks to his experience in naval special warfare and superb medical training, Kim is now one step closer to making his dreams come true. He’s one of the first to graduate from NASA’s Artemis Program, along with 10 other recruits. Kim will remain on active duty as a Navy officer while serving as an astronaut at NASA, the department said in an official statement. This gives Kim the chance to serve his country in more ways than one.
On social media, Dr. Jonny Kim describes himself as a “public servant” and “lifetime learner”. These skills will certainly come in handy as Kim and his fellow astronauts venture to the moon and beyond. As a doctor of medicine, Kim will be there to respond to any medical emergencies that may arise during the mission, which is good news for his companions.
Everyone at Scrubs Mag is more than excited for Dr. Jonny Kim and his upcoming adventures. He truly embodies the spirit of public service and life-long learning. We could all stand to be a little more like him.
Follow him on Instagram @jonnyykim for more updates as he gets ready to depart on the mission of a lifetime. He regularly posts about his experiences in the NASA training program, what it’s like to prepare for life with zero gravity, and how his experiences as a healthcare provider continue to shape his worldview. Step inside the shoes of Dr. Jonny Kim and get ready for a whole new chapter in space exploration.