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Col. Mark McPherson, M.D., M.P.H.

Dean/Commander, SAAM

Col. Mark McPherson was commissioned in 1991 after graduating from the Citadel, Military College of South Carolina. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and graduated from residency in Family Medicine in 1998 after serving as Chief Resident at Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. He served as OIC and Commander of Babenhausen Health Clinic Germany from 1998-2001. He returned to Fort Benning as Family Medicine teaching faculty and deployed as Battalion Surgeon 203rd FSB 3BCT 3ID. He completed his faculty development fellowship at University of North Carolina in 2004. More

Deputy Commander/Assistant Dean, USASAM

Col. Stephen A. Barnes

Deputy Commander/Assistant Dean, SAAM

Col. Stephen A. Barnes serves as the Assistant Dean/Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine. Barnes is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and earned his commission in the Medical Service Corps... More


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1st Sgt. James M. Conway

First Sergeant, SAAM

1 Sgt. James M. Conway is a native of Gambrills, Maryland. He enlisted in the United States Army in April 1991 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He completed his Advanced Individual Training as a Record Telecommunications... More

The School of Army Aviation Medicine, a satellite campus of the Army Medical Department Center and School, is the Army’s center for all rotary wing aeromedical training for Aviators and aeromedical personnel.

SAAM supports readiness of the warfighter through training. Using the latest technology, SAAM has pioneered the use of distance learning and has state-of-the-art classrooms and simulations to enhance learning. SAAM operates the only altitude (hypobaric) training chamber and Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device in the U.S. Army. The ROBD training allows Soldiers to experience hypoxia symptoms in a safe low risk environment, and teaches them to react accordingly.

SAAM provides aeromedical programs of instruction to Army Medical Department students and supports the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence by providing platform instruction on aeromedical subjects to include Aviation medicine orientation, altitude physiology, introduction to the visual systems, night vision, toxicology, Aviation protective equipment, stress and fatigue, gravitational forces, noise and vibration in Aviation, and spatial disorientation. SAAM uses audio and video teletraining, computer, and Web-based training to improve Soldier and unit readiness while decreasing the cost for the training for the Army.

SAAM’s curriculum includes Academy of Health Science courses that train Army Flight Surgeons, Flight Medics, Aeromedical Physician Assistant, Aeromedical Nurse Practitioners, evacuation personnel, AMEDD pre-command, and Aviation Clinical Psychologists from all three military services, the Coast Guard, and foreign medical personnel. Successful completion of these courses results in the award of either an AOC or a skill identifier for the student. SAAM jointly hosts the Operational Aeromedical Problems Course with the U.S. Navy for active and reserve Flight Surgeons and Aeromedical Physician Assistants. This course provides refresher training and provides a forum to discuss and distribute changes in Aviation medicine.

SAAM evaluates its training and the Army’s Aviation Medicine Program in FORSCOM and TRADOC Aviation units by serving as the proponent of the Aviation Medicine portion of the Aviation Resource Management Survey program, and by providing inspectors for the ARMS.

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