Lieutenant General M. C. Víctor Manuel Rico-Jaime graduated from the Military School of Medicine, Mexico in 1979, going on to obtain further Board Certification as a specialist in Occupational Health. Additionally, he gained an MSc in Aerospace Medicine in 1983 from Wright State University of Dayton, Ohio, USA, completed a course in Administration of Health and Hospital Services in 1989 at the College of Galilee, Israel, and in 1999 a Master’s in Military Administration for Homeland Security and National Defense from the National Defense College, Mexico.
General Rico-Jaime has a wealth of experience in the field of Aerospace Medicine from both a research and educational aspect. From 1982 to 1987 he led the Office of Teaching and Research at the Mexican National Center of Aviation Medicine; and 1982 to1993 he was Deputy Director and 1994 to 1997 Director of Aviation Medicine in the Mexican Air Force. In 1995, he founded the only Mexican Aerospace Residency Program, for both military and civilian physicians, at the Mexican Army and Air Force University, which was the first to be established in Latin America. This program legally permitted the establishment of the Mexican Board of Aerospace Medicine, which he cofounded and has been President. He also cofounded the Mexican Association of Aviation Medicine and was Professor Titular of Aerospace Medicine at the Military School of Medicine.
Following retirement from the Mexican Air Force, General Rico-Jaime worked for the Military Health Directorate, National Defense Secretariat, heading up the Office of Technical and National Coordination of Teaching and Research until 2002; and as Chief of the Aerospace Medicine Office from 2003 to 09/2004; after which he was Director of the Mexican Air Force Base No. 1 Military Hospital until 2006. Additionally, in 2002, he became the founding President of the Mexican College of Aerospace Medicine, and more recently in 2016 he contributed to the founding and was General Director of the International Academy of Social and Health Sciences (IASHS), a private initiative developing and delivering clinical and aeromedical courses and certification in the social and aerospace fields, and is also General Director of the Medical Technological Innovations of the Future enterprise.
Rico-Jaime is widely involved in the national and international aerospace community, being a member of the Mexican Association of Aviation Medicine, Mexican Board of Aerospace Medicine, Mexican College of Military Physicians, Iberoamerican Association of Aerospace Medicine, International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, and Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), serving on many committees. He is also a member of the Consultative Boards of the Mexican Space Agency and the National Autonomous University of Mexico Space Program. He has attended and presented at more than 400 national and international scientific meetings and published numerous scientific articles and Aviation Medicine manuals.