The UHMS PATH is open to MD, DO, NP and PA candidates who have previously completed a 40-hour introduction to hyperbaric medicine course. Candidates in the Stellenbosch CAQ program in undersea and hyperbaric medicine (UHM), previously offered by UHMS, who deferred completion will be enrolled automatically in this revised program at no charge. Upon completion of the PATH, MD/DO candidates will receive a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) and NP/PA candidates will receive a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAE).
The PATH does not replace fellowship training or board certification in UHM, which is considered the gold standard for training in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. The CAQ/CAE is intended to demonstrate that a candidate has completed a formal education program covering advanced topics in UHM, as well as having submitted clinical cases for formal review.
The PATH is intended to take between six to 12 months to complete and represents approximately 100 hours of continuing education credits. However, you can work at your own pace. The PATH curriculum is divided into three (3) main components described below.
All blocks (1 through 9), final exam, and UHMS Hyperbaric Skills and Emergency Management Course are now available (2023 dates will be announced when confirmed).
The UHMS PATH is open to MD, DO, NP and PA candidates who have previously completed a 40-hour introduction to hyperbaric medicine course. Non-US based providers are welcome to enroll in PATH, but they are subject to the same requirements for completion.
Upon completion of the PATH, MD/DO candidates will receive a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) and NP/PA candidates will receive a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAE).
This portion of the PATH will be broken down into different content blocks and will include reading material and archived video presentations geared to each block.
Block 1: Hyperbaric Physiology and Side Effects
Block 2: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Block 3: Chronic Radiation Tissue Injury
Block 4: Arterial Insufficiencies, CRAO, ISSHL, Crush
Block 5: Problem Wounds, Diabetic Ulcers, Chronic Osteomyelitis
Block 6: Intracranial Abscess, Acute Blood Loss Anemia, Thermal Burns
Block 7: Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections and Critical Care
Block 8: Decompression Illness
Block 9: Investigational Uses of HBO2
Reading assignments will be revealed after registration and completion of a pre-test. A post-test will be given after each block has been completed.
While we have made every attempt to obtain PDFs of these reading assignments as part of the course material, some articles may have to be obtained individually. You may contact your hospital’s medical librarian for assistance.
All PATH candidates must complete a UHMS-sanctioned Skills Lab, which will be conducted throughout the year. Registration fees for the skills lab are independent of the cost of PATH tuition and are estimated to be $895 (subject to change).
The first in-person skills lab is confirmed for October 28, 2022 at Intermountain Healthcare: LDS Hospital. Registration is capped at 20 participants. It will be a full day program. We will announce 2023 dates once they are confirmed and expect the next one to be Spring 2023. Open to PATH registrants only. Registration is available here:
UHMS Hyperbaric Skills and Emergency Management Course - Individual Registration (courses-uhms.org). Once all seats are filled a waitlist will be started.
Note: Attendees who have previously completed the 2016 ASM pre-course will receive credit for the Skills Lab. The Gulf Coast Chapter Skills Lab, held August 25, 2016, are not eligible for meeting the Skills Lab PATH credit.
After completion of the PATH curriculum, all candidates will take a final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required before a certificate can be issued. Candidates may take the exam up to 3 times if they do not pass.
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 Statement: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9 (Block 1); 7 (Block 2); 11 (Block 3); 11 (Block 4); 9 (Block 5); 11 (Block 6); 10 (Block 7); 10 (Block 8); 11 (Block 9) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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