CME Sponsorship

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians (MD/DO).  We offer directly provided courses that can be found on our calendar as well as joint providership with other non-accredited organizations.  Joint Providership is for those organizations who are not ACCME defined commercial interests who wish to submit fo review and approval by the Education Committee as meeting our standards and guidelines for CME. They are not supported financially by the UHMS in any manner.

All CME educational activities developed and presented by the UHMS must be developed and presented in compliance with ACCME accreditation requirements-in addition to all the requirements of the AMA PRA program. 

Below you will find information on applying for or renewing an existing jointly provided CME Activity with the UHMS.


JOINT PROVIDERSHIP

All documents should be sent electronically to Stacy Harmon at stacy@uhms.org.  

Payments should be sent to:

UHMS
631 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 307
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
USA

Fee Structure Listed Below:

a. CME Annual Application Fee: $300 per year
b. Introductory HM Course (ICHM) Annual Application Fee: additional $100 per year
c. Multiple Course Fee: additional $200 per year

CME Certificate Fee: $25 per certificate.


Click on the link below for the CME payment form and application instructions:

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COMMERCIAL SUPPORT 
If commercial support of any kind is being received for your activity, please complete the additional required forms:

  • LOA 202 must be signed by the commercial supporter, course director and CME Coordinator before the activity takes place. 

    Please review the below Standards to Ensure Independence of CME Activities that must be followed

  • ACCME Standards for Commercial Support

UHMS DESIGNATED INTRODUCTORY TRAINING 40-HOUR COURSES 

UHMS approved introductory course training is expected to require a minimum of 40 hours of face-to-face hyperbaric medicine specific instruction, formal assessment upon completion, some element of practical chamber‑side instruction, and must be documented by a certificate of completion. A UHMS‑Designated Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine shall cover the following elements: Historical Considerations, Physics of Hyperbaric Exposure, Mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen, Air Decompression Procedures, UHMS Accepted Indications: Their Scientific Basis and Treatment Protocols, Side Effects and Contraindications, Patient Assessment and Management, Hyperbaric Chamber Systems, Hyperbaric Safety and Emergency Procedures, Administrative/ Management Issues, Clinical and Technical Practicum and a final examination and evaluation.

A UHMS Designated Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine is designed to introduce physicians, nurses and technicians to the theory and practice of hyperbaric medicine. On May 21, 1998 the UHMS Board of Directors established the minimum content, duration, and quality of a UHMS Designated Introductory Course.

Review Guidelines for UHMS Designated Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine:
Clinical instructors must possess a DO, MD, PhD, or equivalent degree, as well as have the appropriate level of training and experience in the topic they present, except those hours directed to clinical nursing that must be taught by an appropriately qualified RN, LVN, or equivalent. Physician Assistants’ (PA) and Nurse Practitioners’ (NP) cannot teach medical decision making indications. A podiatrist (DPM) can teach about diabetic foot ulcer care only, but not treatment in hyperbaric medicine.  Non-physicians may not teach medical decision making lectures requiring clinical judgement. Basic physiology and technical instructors must possess the appropriate level of training and experience in the topic they present.  

Appropriate level of training and experience is defined as:
1. Have at least 5 years’ experience in the active practice of hyperbaric medicine (treating all UHMS approved indications) in at least a 50% time basis and;
2. Must have completed a UHMS Designated Introductory Course approved by UHMS, OR one with similar curricula (must submit the curriculum if the course was not UHMS approved) and must have evidence of additional CME in hyperbaric medicine in addition to a 40 hour course (as evidenced in a CV) or;
3. Board certification in hyperbaric medicine, fellowship training, or completion of UHMS Program for Advanced Training in Hyperbaric (PATH). Physicians who have completed these requirements may be qualified to teach after 2 years of active practice.


EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT

At the end of each CME activity, it is required to submit a closing report (CME Form 105) with the appropriate attachments noted on the form.  CME certificates will not be sent to any particpant without the joint provider fully completing and submitting a closing report.  Closing report documents should be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the CME activity in meeting identified educational needs and to assist in planning and implementing further improvements to the program.


HELPFUL RESOURCES


CALENDAR OF CURRENT UHMS APPROVED ACTIVITIES

DISCLAIMER
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. ("UHMS”) is jointly providing the continuing medical education course ("CME Course”) outlined in these materials with each indicated jointly provided organization.  The information provided in the materials and by the presenters during the CME Course is for general medical education purposes only ("Information”).

UHMS does not warrant the completeness, accuracy, or usefulness of any approach, view, statement, opinion, advice or service provided through the CME Course. The Information is not warranted to be inclusive of all approaches to a medical issue or exclusive of other methods for obtaining the similar results, but rather the Information is an approach, view, statement, opinion, advice or service of the authors or presenters which may be helpful or of interest to attendees. The approaches, views, statements or opinions of the authors of the materials and the presenters of the Information are their own and do not represent those of UHMS, its affiliates or its employees. The Information is not meant to be a substitute for the independent professional judgment of a physician or other health care professional relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition.

In no event shall UHMS, its affiliates or its employees be liable to any individual or any third party for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, personal injury or wrongful death resulting from the use of, or the inability to use the Information or as a result of errors or omissions in the Information or materials.