Physicians Training in Diving Medicine

*We are currently in the process of securing the facility and hotel for the 2019 course, which has been moved to San Diego.  More information to come. 

NEXT COURSE DATE: OCTOBER 21-NOVEMBER 1
Location: San Diego, CA
DMAC/EDTCmed: Level 2D: Medical management of diving accidents and illnesses (Diving Medicine Physician) approved course
                                                   

  •  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 M.D., D.O., 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 "hands on" experience operating and working recompression chambers, and the use of commercial and military diving equipment. 

    Applicants for the course should possess an M.D., D.O., 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.  Please make sure you fill in the 


    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 & 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).  

     





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  • Course Schedule: as of 05-07-18 (subject to change)

    Monday, October 15 

     
     

    0800 – 0900

    Welcome, Introduction

     

     

    0900 – 1100

    Introduction to Diving

     

     

    1100 – 1200

    Diving & Hyperbaric Physics: Part 1-Pressure

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1500

    Diving & Hyperbaric Physics: Part 2 – Gas Laws

     

     

    1500 – 1600

    Orientation Diving Center and Chambers

     

      

    1600 – 1700

    Diving Equipment “Hands-on” 

     

    Tuesday, October 16 

     
     

    0800 – 0930

    No Decompression Tables

     

     

    0930 – 1200

    Diving Related Physiology & Pathophysiology of Immersion

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1400

    The Neurologic Exam

     

     

    1400 – 1500

    Surface Oxygen Administration

     

     

    1500 – 1700

    Thermal Considerations

     

    Wednesday, October 17 

     
     

    0800 – 1000

    Non-Decompression Gas Physiology

     

     

    1000 – 1100

    Decompression Tables and Procedures

     

     

    1100 – 1200

    Dive Computers

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1400

    Introduction to PVHO, Chamber Safety, Risk Assessment

     

     

    1400 – 1700

    Chamber Operations

     
       

    60” Chamber – Neuro exams under pressure

     

       

    80” Chamber – 165’ chamber dive

     

    Thursday, October 18 

     

    0800 – 1000

    Acute Dysbaric Disorders

     

      

    1000 – 1100

    Diving as an Occupation

     

     

    1100 – 1200

    Surface Supplied Pre-Dive Briefing/Orientation 

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1700

    Superlite 17 Surface Supplied Divers (Group A)

     

       

    Chamber Narcosis Exposure (Group B)

     

       

    Life Support in Closed Circuit and Saturation Diving Systems

     
       

    Simulated Closed Circuit Saturation Dive to 100'

     

    Friday, October 19 

     

    0800 – 1000

    Chronic Dysbaric Disorders/Long Term Effects

     

     

    1000 – 1100

    Complications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

     

     

    1100 – 1200

    Hyperbaric Treatment Tables

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1700

    Superlite 17 Surface Supplied Divers (Group B)

     

       

    Chamber Narcosis Exposure (Group A)

     

       

    Life Support in Closed Circuit and Saturation Diving Systems

     
     

    Simulated Closed Circuit Saturation Dive to 100'

     

    Saturday, October 20

     

    0800 – 0900

    Fitness to Dive Assessment and Standards

     

     

    0900 – 1100

    Pathophysiology and Manifestations of Decompression Illness

     

     

    1100 – 1200

    Evaluation, Interventions and Evacuation of Diving Injuries

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1400

    Case Discussion: Diagnosis & Early Management

     

     

    1400 – 1500

    Clinical Hyperbaric Chambers

     

     

    1630

    Pick-up from hotel for Tour & Banquet

     
     

    1700 – 1800

    Virginia Mason Hyperbaric Chamber Tour

     

     

    1800 – 2030

    Reception, Buffet and Guest Lecture (near VM)

     

    Sunday, October 21 – Day off to enjoy 

           

    Monday, October 22 

     

    0800 – 1000

    Recompression Therapy and Adjunctive Therapies for Decompression Illness

     

     

    1000 – 1100

    Non-Pulmonary Barotrauma (Ears)

     

     

    1100 – 1200

    Medications Under Pressure

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1400

    Return to Diving after Decompression Illness

     

     

    1400 – 1500

    Case Discussion: Recompression Management

     

     

    1500 – 1700

    Hazardous Marine Life and Marine Toxins

     

    Tuesday, October 23 

     

    0800 – 0900

    HBO2 Basic Physiology and Pathophysiology

     

     

    0900 – 1000

    Hyperbaric Tunneling

     

     

    1000 – 1200

    Clinical Hyperbaric Indications, Part 1

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 - 1700

    Station Rotation (Bldg. 8)

     
       

    Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretcher (Hyperlite)

     

     

    60” chamber

     

     

    80” chamber

     

       

    Spirometry

     

    Wednesday, October 24 – At TBD (am); At TBD (pm)
    (Rental Shuttle AM)

     

    0800 – 1200

    TBD Commercial Dive center

     

       

         Diving Demonstration, Diving Procedures

     
       

         Saturation Diving, Basic Safety Planning

     
       

         Commercial Regulations and Standards

     
     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 – 1400

    Pulmonary Edema in Divers

     

     

    1400 – 1600

    Clinical Hyperbaric Indications, Part 2

     

     

    1600 – 1700

    Clinical Cases and Discussion

     

    Thursday, October 25 

     

    0800 – 0900

    Diver Risks and Fatalities

     

     

    0900 – 1000

    Diver Accident Investigation

     

     

    1000 – 1200

    Case Histories of Diving Incidents and Accidents

     

     

    1200 – 1300

    Lunch

     
     

    1300 - 1700

    Station Rotation 

     
       

    Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretcher (Hyperlite)

     

     

    60” chamber

     

     

    80” chamber

     

       

    Spirometry

     

    Friday, October 26 –

     

    0800 – 1100

    Examination and Review

     
     

    1100 – 1200

    Evaluation/Graduation/Closure

     

     

     

     

     


    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.