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After no response on the AFIT HPSP website, I'm gonna repost here to see if any SDNers can give input.

For those of you who have attended the School of Aerospace Medicine ADT in San Antonio, TX, I'd appreciate it if you would post and tell those of us going this summer what to expect. Any advice as far as what to bring to or do while at SAM would be great. Thanks,


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Here's a few ideas to do while at SAM.

Party with the friends you make at SAM:
1. on the Riverwalk. (A ton to do in downtown San Antonio)
2. at the Laboratory. (A great bar with a nice patio)
3. in Austin. (Only an hour north. You have to experience 6th Street)
4. at Canyon Lake. (Between Austin and SA)
5. on the Guadalupe River. (Take a tube down the river...remember an extra tube for the beer cooler.)

That should get you a good start. :D

Have fun, be safe, and make me jealous of your exploits. I loved San Antonio.

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Take the golf clubs. Enjoy survival training, it's the most fun part. It is pretty much an easy medical school month. Some lectures, weekends off, nobody barking at you like at boot camp etc.


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I agree with the above descriptions - SAM is a month month sit back and relax elective. About half the time will be spent listening from RAM students and Flight Surgeons talking about their experiences. The rest of the time is split up into actually learning about Aerospace Medicine, traveling to NASA in Houston, and doing some outdoor medical stuff. Be aware that when I did the SAM in 2002, there was not enough funding for the survival training because of the current conflicts. I don't know if that has changed. I was kind of sad to not be able to do that, but the rest of the experience more than made up for it. You should have a blast.
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