Medical Examiner of Divers

Crowne Plaza French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
*DMAC/EDTCmed: Level 1 Medical assessment of divers (Medical Examiner of Divers) approved course

  • General Information
  • Hotel/Location Information
  • Registration
  • Schedule

General Information

The course content follows the approved curriculum of the Diving Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC), the European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC), and the European Committee of Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) so to reflect a uniformly balanced and internationally recognized program of instruction.  This course has been approved by the Diving Medical Advisory Committee and the European Diving Technology Committee (DMAC/EDTCmed) as a Level 1 - Medical Examiner of Divers course.  This is a specific training course preparing physicians to examine commercial, sport, research, and other related public service divers, and determine their fitness to dive.  

Course Goal 
The goal of this course is to prepare physicians to examine professional, sport, research and other related public service divers, and determine their fitness to dive.

Course Topics
· Hyperbaric Physics· Hyperbaric Pathophysiology of Immersion· Pathophysiology of Decompression· Inert Gas Narcosis and Oxygen Toxicity· Characteristics of Various Divers· Diving Equipment· Regulations and Standards for Diving· Commercial Diving and Practical Demonstration· Dive Tables and Computers; Flying After Diving· Professional and Recreational Fitness Standards· Non-Dysbaric Diving Pathology· Medications Under Pressure· High Pressure Nervous Syndrome (HPNS)·Acute Dysbaric Disorders· Long Term Health Effects· Diver Incidents and Accidents· Fitness to Dive Standards· EKG Assessment· Fitness to Dive (Including Pulmonary Function Tests)· Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases

Other course information

  • You will be required to bring a laptop or ipad/tablet.  This is needed so you can take the online exam and to follow along with the lectures, as you wish.  Paper copies of the exam will be available.
  • You will be provided with a web link to access all the lecture presentations & handouts.  At the course, you will be given a jump drive with the same information on the web link. 
  • You will be given a notebook to take notes (this notebook will have just the lecture topics and objectives).  

Hotel/Location Information

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Astor Crowne Plaza, French Quarter, New Orleans
739 Canal St. @ Bourbon
New Orleans, Louisiana  70130
United States
Direct phone: 1-504-9620500
CUT OFF DATE: Extended to: Wednesday, September 4th, 5 pm CST


Single Rate

Double Rate

Triple Rate

Quad Rate

Run of House

$155 .00

$155 .00

$175 .00

$195 .00

All room rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, currently 15.20% sales tax plus a $2.00 per room night occupancy tax. All taxes are subject to change.

The group rate will be available three days prior and three days following the meeting dates, based on last room availability.  The group may expand beyond the room block numbers prior to the cut off and after the cut off at the group rate, if standard rooms are available.

CUT-OFF DATE: The “cut-off date” for accepting reservations into this guest room block has been extended toWednesday, September 4, 2019, 5 pm CST. Reservation requests received after 5:00 pm CST on the cut-off date will be accepted at Hotel’s prevailing rate, based on room type availability.   Failure to reserve guest rooms before the cut-off date will not impact the enforceability of the Attrition or Cancellation clauses.

A credit card is required to hold each guest’s reservation.  Such credit card shall serve to confirm the reservation for the dates indicated, and, upon check-in, may be used as the Guest’s method of payment. There is no cancellation penalty if cancellation is received by Hotel at least 72 hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.  Cancellations made within 72 hours of arrival will be subject to a one night’s room and tax cancellation charge.

CONCESSIONS – General Hotel Concessions

  • Complimentary wireless internet in all guestrooms
  • Complimentary 24 hour Fitness Center
  • Complimentary outdoor swimming pool
  • Complimentary 24 hour Self-Serve Business Center
  • 24 In-room dining available
  • Concierge Services
  • Bellman Services
  • Complimentary private group reservation web-link with 24 hour/7 days a week customer access to reports


  • Car Parking is not available
  • Complimentary Daily Self-Parking is not available
  • Valet Parking is available
  • Valet Parking Fee: 47 USD
  • The hotel offers valet parking only. If you choose to use valet parking, fees are $47 USD per night. ($53.23 inclusive of all taxes). Over sized vehicles may be valet parked for $57 USD per night ( $64.55 inclusive of all taxes).


  • Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans (MSY)
  • Ground Transportation- Taxicabs, Airport Shuttle, Buses and more.




50.00 USD

Super Shuttle

28.00 USD


33.00 USD

  • Rental Information- Rental cars information and links
  • Uber and Lyft also pick up at the Airport



New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Must See

Don't leave the city without a visit to Café Du Monde and a cup of classic café au lait — along with the landmark shop's powdered beignets. Open 24 hours a day, the store even sells coffee and beignet mix for home. When your mind needs a break from business, visit The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas to experience sea life in the Gulf. The interactive stingray touch pool is not to be missed.

Must Do

Spend time in New Orleans in April to take part in the French Quarter Festival. Enjoy live performances from dozens of stages, taste unique food from local establishments, and celebrate the culture of this vibrant city. Any time of year is great for a stroll down to the riverfront to see the mighty Mississippi, and visit historic Jackson Square and the breathtaking St. Louis Cathedral.

What's New

Leave your car and hop on the newly renovated Streetcar for a nostalgic tour of the Big Easy. The line stops right outside the hotel at Canal and Carondolet and forms an arcing railway through the "Crescent City." Visit the beautiful garden district and take in the grandeur of antebellum mansions from the comfort of the cars. The line is currently expanding to more areas of this great city.

Don't Go Home Without

Whether you choose a self-guided excursion, scenic carriage ride, pub-crawl or haunted expedition, don't go home without a proper tour of the French Quarter. Popular stops can include Jackson Square, the Historic French Market and Mardi Gras World.


Getting around New Orleans by car can be difficult, so you might want to consider leaving your car at home. The Streetcar offers easy transportation, including the Central Business District and the riverfront area. Bourbon Street is easy to walk, and the weather is fairly moderate year round. Dress light for summer visits and have a jacket on hand for fall and winter.



Please click the above link to register or use the WORD or PDF registration forms (links below) and email or fax to us.  
Click here for the WORD version.     Click here for the PDF version.   Thank you.




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posted 5/23/19 (subject to change)

7:00-8:00 Continental Breakfast  
7:30-7:45 Pre-Course Survey John Freiberger, MD
7:45-8:00 Faculty, Participant & Course Introduction John Freiberger, MD
8:00–8:30 Cases to Keep in Mind John Freiberger, MD
8:30–9:15 Hyperbaric Physics Davut Savaser, MD
9:15–10:15 Diving Related Physiology (gases) John Freiberger, MD
10:15–10:30 Q & A with the faculty Faculty
10:30–11:30 Diving Related Physiology (immersion) John Freiberger, MD
11:30-12:30 Recreational/Technical/Military Diving & Equipment Brian Keuski, MD
12:30–1:30 Lunch – On Own  
1:30-2:30 Dive Tables and Computers; Flying After Diving Bruce Derrick, MD
2:30-4:00 Commercial Diving, Equipment, Diver Characteristics Tony Alleman, MD
4:00-5:00 Practical Application of Dive Tables & HBO Physics Brian Keuski, MD
5:00-6:00 Q&A with faculty, Exam #1 Faculty
6:00-7:00 Welcome Reception  
8:00–9:00 Transport to EPIC Divers  
9:00–12:00 Epic Divers Commercial Diving Lecture and Practical Demonstrations Billy Bratowski
12:00–1:00 Transport to Hotel  
1:00-2:00 Lunch – On Own  
2:00-2:45 Inert Gas Narcosis, High Pressure Nervous Syndrome John Freiberger, MD
2:45-3:30 Acute Dysbaric Disorders Bruce Derrick, MD
3:30-4:15 Oxygen Toxicity Bruce Derrick, MD
4:15-4:45 Non-Dysbaric Diving Disorders Davut Savaser, MD
4:45-5:15 Long Term Health Effects of Diving Davut Savaser, MD
5:15-6:30 Q&A with faculty, Exam #2 Faculty
07:30-08:30 Continental Breakfast  
8:00–9:00 Commercial Diver Examination, Forms & Procedures Tony Alleman, MD
9:00-10:00 Diving Focused Physical Examination   Davut Savaser, MD
10:00-11:00 Audiograms Tony Alleman, MD
11:00-11:45 Pulmonary Function Testing Brian Keuski, MD
11:45-12:00 Q & A with the faculty Faculty
12:00–1:00 Lunch – On Own  
1:00-1:45 ECG Assessment Bruce Derrick, MD
1:45-2:15 Scientific and Public Safety Diving Regulations Bruce Derrick, MD
2:15-3:00 Medications and Diving Tony Alleman, MD
3:00-3:45 A Physician's Approach to Fitness to Dive (recreational) Davut Savaser, MD
3:45-5:15 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases 1 Brian Keuski, MD
5:15-6:15 Q&A with faculty, Exam #3 Faculty
7:00-8:00 Continental Breakfast  
7:30-8:30 Cases from the Gulf of Mexico Tony Alleman, MD
8:30-10:00 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases 2 John Freiberger, MD
10:00-1:30 Q&A with faculty, Exam #4, Closure Faculty

Snacks / drinks will be provide each day 

Accreditation Statement:  The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statements:  The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 32 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Full Disclosure Statement: All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity. 
Disclaimer: The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only.  The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

MOC ABPM: This activity has been approved by the American Board of Preventive Medicine for up to 28 MOC credits. Claiming ABPM MOC credit is appropriate for those who are ABPM diplomates.