Physicians Training in Diving Medicine

NEXT COURSE DATE: October 5-16, 2020
Location: La Jolla CA
DMAC/EDTCmed: Level 2D: Medical management of diving accidents and illnesses (Diving Medicine Physician) approved course



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General Information

 Course Description and Goal

The UHMS Physicians Training in Hyperbaric Medicine Course was started in 1977 with financial support from the Department of Energy and the cooperation of the US Navy.  Further influence has been based on internationally accepted training objectives that were agreed upon by the Diving Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC), the European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC), and the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM).  This course is primarily designed for those who possess an MD, DO, or equivalent degree; however those non-physicians who will use the training in their geographic areas to enhance the safety and efficiency of diving operations will also find the course of value. 

The goal of this course is to train physicians in recognizing and treating diving medical emergencies.  Course educational methodology includes lectures, case presentations, video clips, printed support materials, practical exercises, and both formal and informal question and answer sessions with the faculty.   

In addition to lectures on the physiology and medicine of diving, the course will include practical exposure to different types of diving equipment, recompression chambers and support systems and situational/simulation training.

Applicants for the course should possess an MD, DO, or equivalent degree.  Preference will be given to those applicants who will use the training in their geographic areas to enhance the safety and efficiency of diving operations.  

The applicant must pass a diving physical examination if they wish to participate in diving/pressure-related activities. The purpose of this Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training.  Please be sure to fill out the Medical Questionnaire form (Click here for form), which can also be found on the registration page. 

CME Hours:  For MD/DO/PhD, or equivalent advanced degree, a Certificate of Continuing Medical Education Credits will be issued for those who complete an online evaluation form; MOC credit will be available.

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, homework and handouts.   
  • You will be given a notebook to take notes (this notebook will have just the lecture topics and objectives). 

 





Hotel/Location Information

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego La Jolla
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California, 92122
USA TEL: +1-858-453-0400
FAX: +1-858-453-4226

Room Single Rate Double Rate
Run of House $ 179 $ 179
Two Double Bed Non-Smoking $ 189 $ 189

The Embassy Suites is and all-suite hotel, which includes: living room/bedroom, microwave and refrigerator.

ROOM RESERVATION CUT-OFF DATE
Monday, September 30, 2019 (end of business day PST).
Online registration link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/es/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=SANLJES&spec_plan=CESXUH&arrival=20191019&departure=20191102&cid=OM,WW,
HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
 

Extended Check-In/Check-Out 10/21/19- 11/2/19 International attendees with appropriate documentation will be provided early check-ins (up to 12 Noon) and late check outs (to 3PM) as occupancy allows. 

Individual Guest Confirmation: To confirm a sleeping room within the Room Block, the sleeping room must be secured with a valid credit card. Checks and major credit cards are acceptable to establish guarantee. Should you need to cancel the reservation for any reason, please do so 72 hours (11:59 PM PST) prior to check-in time to avoid a late cancellation fee, which is equal to one night’s room and tax.

Sleeping room rates as noted above are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments.  Quoted sleeping room rates will be offered to attendees, prior to the cutoff date, based on last room availability of contracted room types, three days before and three days after the above event dates.

Guest Room Internet: Basic internet is complimentary for Hilton Honors members. The Hotel will provide a link for the guests of the Group to enroll in Hilton Honors prior to arrival. Enrolling in Hilton Honors will allow your Group to utilize Digital Key. This will also allow your Group to receive complimentary Wi-Fi for any future stays at Hilton hotels worldwide. Standard Wi-Fi is $12.95 for all other guests who are not Hilton Honors members. Premium Wi-Fi is $16.95

Guest Room Basic Internet Access $12.95 1 per day, per guest 10/19/19- 11/2/19 Hotel will provide complimentary standard wi-fi for all Hilton Honors Members.

Taxes:  The currently the hotel occupancy tax rate is 10.5%San Diego Tourism Assessment is 2%, and State of California Assessment of 0.23%.  California sales tax rate is currently 7.75% (subject to change).  

Hotel Amenities

  • Indoor heated pool and outdoor whirlpool
  • Complimentary Fitness Center
  • Complimentary 24-hour Business Center
  • Two restaurants on hotel premises
  • Complimentary made-to-order breakfast
  • Hosted evening reception

Check-In/-Out Time:  Our check-in time is 4 PM, check-out time is 11 AM.  All guests arriving before 4 PM will be accommodated as rooms become available. Hotel’s bell staff can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.

Early Departure Fee: If a guest who has requested a room within our Room Block checks out prior to the reserved checkout date, the Hotel will add an early checkout fee to your account (currently, one night of room and tax).  Those wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.  

Parking: Overnight self-parking is available to UHMS attendees for $15 per day, per vehicle.  Valet not available.

The location of  hotel has several restraurants, three shopping and entertainment areas within walking distance (supplemented by a complimentary hotel shuttle on top of that) a car is not necessary.


 LOCATION:

HOTEL LOCATION:
The Embassy Suites San Diego La Jolla hotel is set just minutes from the beautiful seaside village of La Jolla. The hotel provides beautiful Southern California accommodations in the heart of University Town Center near University of California San Diego and Scripps Hospital. Stay in a spacious two-room suite at this beautiful La Jolla hotel with private bedroom and living room areas. Relax with your favorite film on the 49-inch flat-screen TV, or keep up with work with Wi-Fi access at the flexible work desk.

The Embassy Suites is and all-suite hotel, which include living room/bedroom, microwave and refrigerator.

Swim laps in the indoor swimming pool and relax in the hot tub. Keep fit in the hotel’s fitness center, fully equipped with cardio machines and weights, or wind down in the dry sauna. Enjoy delicious continental cuisine at Indulge Restaurant and Lounge, where our expert chefs create innovative and exciting dishes from the freshest ingredients. Alternatively, savor the contemporary Chinese cuisine available at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, or simply order room service and dine in the privacy of your suite. Our free made-to-order breakfast and Evening Reception* are served daily.
* Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.  The location of  hotel has several restraurants, three shopping and entertainment areas within walking distance (supplemented by a complimentary hotel shuttle on top of that) a car is not necessary.

What to do around here
The Embassy Suites San Diego La Jolla hotel is just minutes from the picturesque village of La Jolla in the upmarket neighborhood of University Town Center near the University of California San Diego and Scripps Memorial Hospital. Perfect for business guests, nearby corporate premises include those of Ernst & Young, IBM, Pfizer, and Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

Soak up some sun on one of many nearby local beaches, including La Jolla Cove. Take the family to LEGOLAND California and enjoy the thrilling rides and exciting attractions, or discover mammals and aquatic animals at San Diego Zoo and Sea World. Challenge a friend or colleague to a few rounds on the nearby Torrey Pines Golf Course, or indulge in some retail therapy at Westfield Shopping Center across the street.  Things to do 


LA JOLLA

LA JOLLA

La Jolla is a scenic seaside area, known for its rugged coastline. Trails wind past pine trees and sandstone canyons in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, while two world-renowned golf courses at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, which sit atop sea cliffs. La Jolla Cove has sweeping ocean views, and the Shell Beach tide pools are home to anemones and crabs. Posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants dot walkable La Jolla Village.


EXPLORE SAN DIEGO
See all the city has to offer and discover unique experiences to help you plan the perfect trip.

Beachside attitude, Big city excitement
With near-perfect weather year-round, 70 miles of spectacular coastline, world-class attractions and a thriving urban core complete with a sophisticated art, dining and nightlife scene, San Diego has earned the name 'California’s beach city.' Average temperatures of 72 degrees, San Diego is a year-round outdoor playground.  Check the weather now: https://www.sandiego.org/plan/weather.aspx

Explore San Diego’s diverse coastal, urban and inland neighborhoods, each with its own flavor. Don’t miss sampling the area's signature Cali Baja cuisine or tasting one of the hundreds of craft beers and wines bottled in the region.  

After a day at the beach or other outdoor adventure, head to the party downtown at one of the sizzling nightclubs or rooftop bars. If art and culture is your passion, you’ll find an exciting hub of creativity in San Diego. Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West,” Balboa Park features 17 museums, numerous galleries and performing arts venues as well as the San Diego Zoo.   

It’s hard to find a better destination for families. Whether you love engaging with animals or thrill rides, building sandcastles or beach bonfires, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family from sun up to sun down.  

Happiness is calling from San Diego: It’s time to answer the call and start planning your vacation now.  

VIDEO ABOUT SAN DIEGOhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16BMvxUK74M&feature=youtu.be


 INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego and serviced by 22 major and commuter airlines including non-stop flights from Mexico, Canada, Japan and the UK, San Diego International Airport is managed by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and receives more than 16 million passengers a year.  

Airport Code: SAN
Flying into San Diego, passengers get a bird's eye view of Balboa Park, downtown and the San Diego Bay on their descent to San Diego International Airport, aka Lindbergh Field. The airport terminals are easy to navigate and offer gourmet food and drink from local restaurants. 

RENTAL CARS, TOWN CARS AND LIMOUSINES
Exploring San Diego by car is the most convenient way of getting around to all corners of the region. The freeway system is easy to navigate and the traffic is manageable other than typical work-day morning and evening rush hours.

The Rental Car Center at San Diego International Airport provides visitors with an easy, reliable, and comfortable experience for renting a vehicle. The Center is home to most of the rental car companies including national brands, local companies, and independent businesses in one central location.

Many of the car rental companies also provide convenient pick-up services at many of the San Diego hotels. Just be sure to make reservations and arrangements ahead of time. Many hotel concierge services can also offer these services, so check with your hotel on what they can provide for you.

 

 

 

Registration

CLICK HERE  (currently making updates -- re-opening soon)

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.

ADDITIONAL FORM TO FILL OUT:  The applicant must pass a diving physical examination if they wish to participate in diving/pressure related activities.  The purpose of this Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training.  Please be sure to fill out the Medical Questionnaire form.  Form below. 

 

FEES: 

 

COURSE REGISTRATION:

  • UHMS Member Fellow/Resident Fee - $1,125
  • NON-Member: Physician Fee - $1,750
  • NON-Member Fellow/Resident Fee - $1,375

Schedule

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Posted:9/16/2019


MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
Day spent at hotel
0800-0900 Welcome and Introduction to Diving Pete Witucki, MD
0900-1000 Dive Physics #1 (Pressure) Kaighley Brett, MD
1000-1200 Dive Physics #2 (Gas Laws) Kaighley Brett, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1400 CNS O2 Toxicity Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1400-1500 Pulmonary O2 Toxicity Kaighley Brett, MD
1500-1600 Critical Care in the Hyperbaric Chamber Davut Savaser, MD
1600-1700 Immersion Pulmonary Edema Davut Savaser, MD

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Day spent at hotel
0800-1000 Pathophysiology and Manifestations of DCI Simon Mitchell, MD
1000-1100 Evaluation, Intervention and Evacuation of Diving Injuries Simon Mitchell, MD
1100-1200 Case Discussion: Early Diagnosis and Management of DCI Simon Mitchell, MDPete Witucki, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1500 Recompression Therapy and Adjuvant Treatment of DCI Simon Mitchell, MD
1500-1600 Emergency Myringotomy Charley Coffey, MD
1600-1700 Myringotomy Lab Charley Coffey, MD

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Day spent at hotel
0800-0900 Return to Diving after DCI Simon Mitchell, MD
0900-1000 Case Discussion: Recompression Management of DCI Simon Mitchell, MD
Pete Witucki, MD
1000-1100 Non-Pulmonary Barotrauma Chris Tomaszewski, MD
1100-1200 Medications Under Pressure Chris Tomaszewski, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (On own)  
1300-1400 Dive Tables Anthony Medak, MD
1400-1500 Bubble Detection Anthony Medak, MD
1500-1700 Ultrasound Skills Lab Anthony Medak, MD

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Partial day at Birch Aquarium
, 2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037
Partial day at La Jolla Shores Beach, 8302 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA
0800-0900 Maladies at Sea Karen Van Hoesen, MD
0900-1000 Marine Envenomations Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1000-1200 Birch Aquarium – Behind the Scenes Tour Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 Beach Training Day
-          Tides and Rip Currents
-          Surf Zone/Beach Rescue
-          Evacuation from the Scene
-          Surface O2 and Rescue Equipment Familiarization
San Diego Life Guards

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Full Day Off-site at Hyperbaric Medical Services Facility,
3224 Hoover Ave, National City, CA  91950
0800-0900 Clinical Hyperbaric Chamber Operations Jay Duchnick, CHT, RN
0900-1000 Chamber Safety Jay Duchnick, CHT, RN
1000-1200 HBO Chamber SIM Training Pete Witucki, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 HBO Chamber SIM Training continued
-          Case 1 (Oxygen Toxicity seizure)
-          Case 2 (Code in the chamber)
-          Case 3 (Aborted Dive and safe deco of tender)
-          Procedure Station (needle thoracostomy, airway, ICU equipment)
Pete Witucki, MD

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
Full Day spent at hotel
0800-0900 Scientific Diving Daniel Popa, MD
0900-1000 Long Term Effects of Diving Daniel Popa, MD
1000-1200 HBO Clinical Indications Enoch Huang, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1400 Neuro Exams Pete Witucki, MD
1400-1500 Case Discussion (DCS, AGE, IPE) Pete Witucki, MD
1500-1600 US Navy Diving and Submarine Rescue Pete Witucki, MD
1800-2100
 
Banquet with Lecture (at hotel)
-          2000-2100: Cold Water Diving: The Antarctic

Michael Lang, PhD

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
On own for the entire day
All day ON OWN to enjoy the La Jolla / San Diego area  

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0800-0900 Public Safety Diving Dick Sadler, MD
0900-1000 Public Safety Diving: Medical Issues Dick Sadler, MD
1000-1100 Breath-hold Diving Peter Lindholm, MD
1100-1200 Breath-hold Diving: Medical Issues Peter Lindholm, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 Pool Work
Group A:
-          Breath Hold Diving station
-          Oxygen Physiology station
-          Hands-on Dive Gear Station (open circuit)
Group B:
-          Dry Suit station
-          Full face-mask and comms station
-          PSD in-water skills station
Pete Witucki, MD
Dick Sadler, MD
Peter Lindholm, MD

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0800-0900 Nitrox Diving Michael Lang, PhD
0900-1000 Cold Water Physiology Michael Lang, PhD
1000-1100 Dive Computers Michael Lang, PhD
1100-1200 Aviation DCS Aaron Heerboth, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 Pool Work
Group B:
-          Breath Hold Diving station
-          Oxygen Physiology station
-          Hands-on Dive Gear Station (open circuit)
Group A:
-          Dry Suit station
-          Full face-mask and comms station
-          PSD in-water skills station
Pete Witucki, MD
Dick Sadler, MD
Peter Lindholm, MD

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0800-0900 Surface Supplied Diving Pete Witucki, MD
0900-1000 Rebreather Diving Dick Sadler, MD
1000-1100 Physiology and Pathophysiology of Rebreather Diving Derek Covington, MD
1100-1200 Rebreather Diving: Medical Issues Charlotte Sadler, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 Pool WorkGroup A:
-          Hands-on Rebreather set-up station #1
-          Hands-on Rebreather set-up station #2
-          Rebreather buoyancy station
Group B:
-          Dive tender station
-          Rebreather Fam Dive
-          Hands-on Dive Gear Station (closed circuit and hard-hat)
Pete Witucki, MD
Dick Sadler, MD
Charlotte Sadler, MD
Derek Covington, MD

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0800-0900 Diver Death Investigation Charlotte Sadler, MD
0900-1000 Fitness to Dive Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1000-1100 Case Discussion: Fitness to Dive Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1100-1200 Starting a Dive Clinic Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 Pool WorkGroup B:
-          Hands-on Rebreather set-up station #1
-          Hands-on Rebreather set-up station #2
-          Rebreather buoyancy station
Group A:
-          Dive tender station
-          Rebreather Fam Dive
-          Hands-on Dive Gear Station (closed circuit and hard-hat)
Pete Witucki, MD
Dick Sadler, MD
Charlotte Sadler, MD
Derek Covington, MD

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Partial Day at hotel
0800-1200 Examination, Review, Evaluation, Graduation, Closing Remarks Pete Witucki, MD

 


Accreditation and Approval

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME.

The Diving Medical Advisory Committee and the European Diving Technical Committee (DMAC/EDTCmed has approved this course at Level 2D - Diving Medicine Physician).

Credit Designation

The UHMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 83 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC credit will also be available from the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Disclosure

All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by UHMS are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.  Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationship will be made at the activity.