Pacific Chapter

Next Meeting Date: November 5-7, 2021
Location:  UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Medical Center Drive, La Jolla, CA

PLEASE NOTE: The UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute is requiring anyone who attends a function on the campus must be fully vaccinated and have proof with them.  

  • About

    The continuing medical education mission of the Pacific Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is to develop and promote programs that improve the scientific knowledge of physicians and other allied health professionals, in the Pacific Coast and Western regions of the United States and Canada, in matters related to undersea and hyperbaric environments and appropriate applications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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    2021 Pacific Chapter Annual Meeting


    PLEASE NOTE: The UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute is requiring anyone who attends a function on the campus must be fully vaccinated and have proof with them.  


    CHAPTER CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: $50 administrative fee will be held on all cancellations three (3) months prior to start of meeting date. 50% of fees will be held on all cancellations one (1) month to two weeks prior to start of meeting date. NO REFUNDS two weeks prior to or after the meeting date.


    • Physician or Equivalent
      • Daily Rates: Fri: $ 75 / Sat: $150 / Sun: $150
      • Daily Rates: Fri: $55 / Sat: $110 / Sun: $110

      • Daily Rates: Fri: $95 / Sat: $190 / Sun: $190
    • Non-Physician
        • Daily Rates: Fri: $ 75 / Sat: $150 / Sun: $150

    Event Properties

    Event Start Date 11-05-2021
    Event End Date 11-07-2021
    Cut off date 11-30-2021
    Location UC San Diego Campus, San Diego, CA
    Categories UHMS Directly Provided Meeting

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    Andrew Melnyczenko


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    Andrew Melnyczenko's combined military and civilian experience in Hyperbaric Medicine spans 23 years. He is the Technical and Safety Director of the Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic. He is also a UHMS member and serves as the chair of the UHMS safety committee. Andrew’s professional interests lie in education, emergency preparedness, and advancing the practical use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

    Anthony Medak


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    Dr. Anthony Medak grew up in the Los Angeles Area, and has completed his education throughout Northern and Southern California. Anthony graduated from the UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He then did his residency in Emergency Medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. Anthony wanted to start a career in Academic EM, and thus sought fellowship training. He ultimately decided to pursue a fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine here at UCSD. Since that time he has been a full time faculty member in our Department. His interests are in Hyperbaric Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound, and medical education. Since joining the faculty, he has collaborated with the other members of the Ultrasound Division in continuously improving and expanding the U/S curriculum at UCSD. He is the clerkship director for the Emergency Ultrasound rotation for 4th year medical students. Anthony was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the EM residents in 2007, and by the Medical Students in 2009, 2011, and 2012. His research interests focus within the areas of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine as well as Emergency Ultrasound, including innovative ways to include ultrasound in undergraduate and graduate medical education. His outside interests include being outdoors (camping, running, diving), a passion for live music, playing the drums, and adding to his ever-growing record collection.

    C. Anderson


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    C. Larsen


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    Charles Coffey


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    Charles Coffey, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained head and neck cancer surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with a broad range of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck.

    Dr. Coffey's surgical practice includes management of tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract, salivary glands, neck, and skull base, as well as skin cancers of the face and neck. Where appropriate, he is able to employ minimally invasive techniques to minimize post-operative morbidity, including transoral robotic surgery, laser microsurgery, and endoscopic surgery. Dr. Coffey has particular interest in salivary gland function, including prevention and management of xerostomia in head & neck cancer patients and the use of minimally-invasive techniques to treat patients with obstructive salivary disorders.

    In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Coffey is dedicated to medical education. He is co-director of the UC San Diego Surgery Core Clerkship, serves as faculty of numerous medical school courses, and participates in curriculum design and review for the UC San Diego School of Medicine, UC San Diego Division of Otolaryngology, and the American Head & Neck Society. His efforts have been recognized with multiple teaching awards from students and residents. Dr. Coffey completed the ACS-ASE Surgical Education Research Fellowship in 2019. He has authored over 60 publications, chapters, and abstracts, and is currently the primary or coinvestigator on four institutional and federally funded grants.

    Dr. Coffey completed a head and neck surgery fellowship at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a residency in otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned his medical degree from University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Coffey is board certified in otolaryngology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

    Charlotte Sadler


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    Dr. Charlotte Sadler recently graduated from the UCSD Emergency Medicine residency program where she served as a chief resident. Prior to residency she completed medical school at the University of Iowa and her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth. She previously worked as a dive master on a charter dive boat out of Maui. She is an avid diver, paddle-boarder and abalone hunter.

    Craig Kutz


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    Dr. Craig Kutz grew up a dairy farmer in Sheboygan, Wisconsin before playing collegiate football at MSUM. He completed physician-scientist MD/PhD training with focus in medicinal chemistry and cardiovascular physiology in Charleston, SC. Craig finished residency in Emergency Medicine at UC-San Diego Health where he simultaneously worked as an operational flight physician with local helicopter EMS. During residency, he received recognition by medical students for outstanding bedside teaching. Additionally, he achieved special distinction as a Fellow in Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and certification in mountain rescue through Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM). Craig became interested in diving medicine while working as an AAUS-certified scientific diver for the South Carolina Aquarium and strives for subspecialization in multiple areas of extreme/austere environments including undersea, high altitude, and space medicine. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving, mountain/outdoor exploration and camping, recreational sports, riding his motorcycle, and is a general aviation pilot.

    Derek Covington


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    Dr. Covington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University.
    Dr. Covington completed his Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and earned his MD from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He interned and completed his residency in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Finally, he completed his fellowship at the University of California-San Diego in the Department of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
    As an academic physician, Dr. Covington is a member of many professional societies, including the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Furthermore, he is an active researcher and regularly publishes his work regarding undersea medicine and anesthesiology. Finally, he was one of two physicians on-site for long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad during her record-breaking swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. In his free time, Dr. Covington is an avid closed-circuit rebreather (CCR) and cave diver.

    Evan Laveman


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    Evan Laveman is from Southern California, where he was a beach lifeguard and EMT prior to moving to Los Angeles to complete his undergraduate and medical education at UCLA, and then his residency in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA. He was one of the chief residents during the first year of the COVID pandemic. His past academic interests and contributions have been geared towards point of care ultrasound research and education, social medicine, event medicine, EMS, and care in austere environments. In his free time he enjoys surfing, backpacking, paddleboarding, and meteorology. 

    Ian Kirby


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    Medical School: University British Columbia
    Residency: McGill University

    Jay Duchnick

    RN, CHT

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    After service as an aviation survivalman, search and rescue air crewman and helicopter rescue swimmer in the U.S. Coast Guard for much of the 1980’s, Jay spent six years as an Oceanfront Lifeguard. In 1995 he became Program Director at UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest. Over the ensuing two decades, he has accumulated extensive multiplace chamber operations and management experience. In 1996, Jay was certified by the NBDHMT as a hyperbaric technologist, and he also holds PALS and ACLS certifications.   

    Jay received his nursing degree in 2013. He is a long-standing Associate member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. He serves as a member of the National Fire Protection Association Steering Committee on Veterinary & Hyperbaric Safety and the San Diego County Diver Death Review Committee. His UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting presentations have addressed safety of inside attendants, hyperbaric patient safety and recreational diver safety. Jay is a co-author of two peer reviewed scientific publications.

    Karen Van Hosen


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    Karen Van Hoesen, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who specializes in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. She is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on diving medicine.

    Within UC San Diego Health's Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Program, Dr. Van Hoesen assesses a person's fitness to dive, treats diving accidents and uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat conditions such as decompression illness, carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene, non-healing wounds and tissue damage from radiation, burns or infection.

    She is also the co-director of the San Diego Center of Excellence in Diving (SDCED). In addition to her expertise in diving medicine, Dr. Van Hoesen has a special interest and personal experience in high-altitude medicine and wilderness medicine.

    As a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, she instructs medical students, residents and fellows in emergency medicine, diving medicine and wilderness medicine. Dr. Van Hoesen is co-director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She has co-authored numerous research papers, book chapters and abstracts and frequently speaks to divers, instructors, scientific diving officers and physicians about all aspects of diving medicine and safety.

    Dr. Van Hoesen completed a residency in emergency medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine and earned her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She is board-certified in emergency medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine.

    Since 2000, Dr. Van Hoesen has been a member of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Diving Control Board. She has served on the board of directors for Divers Alert Network (DAN) and is currently an emergency on-call physician for DAN.

    Dr. Van Hoesen has also served on Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society committees and held leadership positions at the local and national level. Dr. Van Hoesen has been a National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) diving instructor for more than 30 years and has dove on all seven continents.

    Her honors include the 2014 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award and being an inaugural member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

    She loves opening the underwater world to the public and teaching appreciation and awareness of the underwater environment.

    Leo Tanaka


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    Leo Tanaka is a former Air Force senior flight surgeon, dive medical officer, and pararescue medical director.  His interests are in immersion pulmonary edema and special operations dive medicine, with presentations given at the Special Operations Medical Scientific Assembly and posters discussed at the UHMS annual conference.  He is also well-versed in medical standards, helping create the first special warfare medical standards for the United States Air Force (USAF). He looks to build further evidence for the UHM field, to include further developments to a hyperbaric registry and to advance acceptance of further indications for HBOT.

    Marc Robins


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    Marc Robins, DO, MPH, FUHM is the Senior Medical Director for the Wound & Hyperbaric Shared Services for the Intermountain Healthcare System in Utah. He is the current President of the UHMS and has served as Co-Chair for the Quality Utilization, Authorization and Reimbursement Committee and on the Education Committee for the UHMS.  He is an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) and has served on the Science and Research committee AsMA since 2001-20. He is boarded in Hyperbaric Medicine, Aerospace and Occupational Medicine and Family Practice and retired as a Colonel from the USAF after a 20-year career in Aerospace Medicine.

    Michael Madsen


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    P. Dulai


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    Peter Lindholm


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    Peter Lindholm, MD, PhD is Professor in Residence, Gurnee Endowed Chair of Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Diego. He is a radiologist (licensed in Sweden), and associate professor in physiology and radiology from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. He has also served as director of thoracic radiology at the Karolinska University Hospital. His research interest is in the field of diving and hyperbaric medicine with focus on the pathophysiology of breath-hold diving. He has published studies on hypoxia and loss of consciousness as well as the pulmonary effects of lungsqueeze. He has described the physiology of how glossopharyngeal breathing extends the amount of gas in the lungs beyond total lung capacity, including the first case series suggesting cerebral arterial gas embolism from glossopharyngeal insufflation (lungpacking). He published the first study suggesting “tracheal squeeze” as an alternative to pulmonary edema in divers bleeding after deep dives. He has showed that exercise and fasting prior to diving increases the risk of loss of consciousness similar to hyperventilation. He has also developed a new method to use magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose pulmonary embolism. Current focus is on immersion pulmonary edema and lungsqueeze, as well as new methods to measure hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He also enjoys exercise and his saltwater aquarium.

    Fri., Nov 5: 1400-1500


    Fri., Nov 5: 1500-1515

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Anthony Medak, MD

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    Welcome and opening remarks
    Fri., Nov 5: 1515-1600

    UHMS President’s Address

    Marc Robins, DO

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    Update of the state of the Society.
    Fri., Nov 5: 1600-1700

    Introduction to Blackwater Photography


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    Fri., Nov 5: 1700-1800

    Keynote Speaker: Dive Med topic TBD

    Karen Van Hosen, MD

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    Fri., Nov 5: 1900


    Medak Home

    Sat., Nov 6: 0700-0730

    Registration / Exhibits

    Sat., Nov 6: 0730-0815

    Zamboni Memorial Lecture: New Frontiers in Rebreather Diving

    Derek Covington, MD

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    Sat., Nov 6: 0815-0900

    Diving after COVID

    Charlotte Sadler, MD

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    Sat., Nov 6: 0900-0930

    Diving Safety in Kwajalein Atoll

    Michael Madsen, MD

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    Sat., Nov 6: 0930-1015

    Aviation DCS: USAF Perspective (or HBO for the Critically Ill?)

    Leo Tanaka, MD

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    Sat., Nov 6: 1015-1045

    Break / Exhibitors

    Sat., Nov 6: 1045-1130

    HBO2/ENT topic TBD

    Charles Coffey, MD

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    Sat., Nov 6: 1130-1215

    Emerging Literature: HBO2 for IBD

    P. Dulai, MD

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    Sat., Nov 6: 1215-1315

    Fellows Case Presentation: TBD

    Ian Kirby MD; Craig Kutz, MD; Evan Laveman, MD

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    Sat., Nov 6: 1500

    Optional Activity: Tour & Mixer at Hyperbaric Modular Systems

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    Hyperbaric Medical Services Facility, 3224 Hoover Ave, National City, CA  91950
    Sun., Nov 7: 0700-0730

    Registration / Exhibits

    Sun., Nov 7: 0730-0815

    HBO2 Chamber Safety: Tips for Success

    Jay Duchnick, RN

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    Sun., Nov 7: 0815-0845

    Colombia HBO2 Chamber Disaster: What We Know...

    Anthony Melnyczenko, CHT

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    Sun., Nov 7: 0845-0915

    In-Chamber Fetal Monitoring: Yes We Can!

    Anthony Medak, MD

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    Sun., Nov 7: 0915-1015

    CO Mass Casualty Panel (moderator: Medak)


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    Sun., Nov 7: 1015-1045

    Break / Exhibitors

    Sun., Nov 7: 1045-1130

    Best Practices in Wound Care

    C. Anderson

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    Sun., Nov 7: 1130-1215

    Wound Care: An Ounce of Prevention...


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    Sun., Nov 7: 1215-1230

    Lessons Learned: HBO2T for COVID Patients

    Jaqueline Hocking, CHT

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    Sun., Nov 7: 1230-1315

    Gurnee Memorial Lecture: Long COVID Syndrome: Role for HBO2T?

    Peter Lindholm, MD

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    Sun., Nov 7: 1500

    Optional Activity: Birch Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour

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    Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037

  • Schedule

    SCHEDULE: subject to change 
    Posted: 8/17/21

    5 Nov: FRIDAY (INTRO & WELCOME) Faculty Name
    14:00 15:00 Registration  
    15:00 15:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks Anthony Medak
    15:15 16:00 UHMS Update (State of the Union) Marc Robins
    16:00 17:00 Introduction to Blackwater Photography TBD
    17:00 18:00 Keynote Speaker: Dive Med topic TBD Karen Van Hoesen
    19:00   ***WELCOME RECEPTION & KICKOFF PARTY*** Medak Home
    7:00 7:30 Registration/Exhibits  
    7:30 8:15 Zamboni Memorial Lecture: New Frontiers in Rebreather Diving Derek Covington
    8:15 9:00 Diving after COVID Charlotte Sadler
    9:00 9:30 Diving Safety in Kwajalein Atoll Michael Madsen
    9:30 10:15 Aviation DCS: USAF Perspective (or HBO for the Critically Ill?) Leo Tanaka
    10:15 10:45 Break/Exhibits  
    10:45 11:30 HBO/ENT topic TBD Charles Coffey
    11:30 12:15 Emerging Literature: HBO for IBD P. Dulai
    12:15 13:15 Fellows Case Presentation x 3 fellows - TBD Ian Kirby,
    Craig Kutz
    Evan Laveman
    13:15   Lunch (on own)  
    1500   Optional Activity: Tour & Mixer at Hyperbaric Modular Systems  
    7 Nov: SUNDAY (HYPERBARICS) Faculty Name
    7:00 7:30 Registration/Exhibits  
    7:30 8:15 HBO Chamber Safety: Tips for Success Jay Duchnick
    8:15 8:45 Colombia HBO Chamber Disaster: What We Know... Andrew Melnyczenko
    8:45 9:15 In-Chamber Fetal Monitoring: Yes We Can! Anthony Medak
    9:15 10:15 CO Mass Casualty Panel (moderator: Medak) TBD
    10:15 10:45 Break/Exhibits  
    10:45 11:30 Best Practices in Wound Care C. Anderson
    11:30 12:15 Wound Care: An Ounce of Prevention... C. Larsen
    12:15 12:30 Lessons Learned: HBOT for COVID Patients Jaqueline Hocking
    12:30 13:15 Gurnee Memorial Lecture: Long Covid Syndrome: Role for HBOT? Peter Lindholm
    13:15   Conclusion of Meeting/Closing Remarks - Lunch (on own)  
    1500   Optional Activity: Birch Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tour  


    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: 

    Physician CME: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of TBD AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Nursing/RRT CEU is approved by the Florida Board of Registered Nursing Provider #50-10881. Northeast Chapter Credit hours TBD.
    Licenses Types Approved: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Nurse; Certified Nursing Assistant; Respiratory Care Practitioner Critical Care; Respiratory Care Practitioner Non-Critical Care; Registered Respiratory Therapist; Certified Respiratory Therapist

    CHT/CHRN CEU: This live activity is approved for TBD Category A credit hours by National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, 9 Medical Park, Suite 330, Columbia, South Carolina 29203.

    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.

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  • Sponsors/Exhibitors

    Pacific Chapter Sponsor-Exhibitor 2021


    PLEASE NOTE: The UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute is requiring anyone who attends a function on the campus must be fully vaccinated and have proof with them.  

    The UHMS Pacific Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting offers an excellent opportunity for your organization to promote its products and services to a very specific target audience and to reinforce your corporate image within the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society members.


    The Pacific Chapter of the UHMS has as its continuing education mission to promote educational activities for physicians and allied health professionals in the local and regional areas based on a needs assessment of the members and on the UHMS Panel of Expert Opinion.  These activities will improve the scientific and practical knowledge in the areas of hyperbaric oxygen treatment and diving medicine.

    The Conference Program will feature a number of outstanding local speakers, concurrent sessions.  The Conference attracts researchers and practitioners from all around the world and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and extend contacts.

    As one of our “Event Sponsors" you will not only be an integral part of the meeting's social events, but will also gain significant promotion.  These events provide an excellent opportunity for networking in a relaxed setting.  These sponsorships offer an industry stakeholder excellent value exposure to an audience of industry professionals. 

    • Sponsorship acknowledgment on website and any printed material
    • Signage displayed during the Event
    • An opportunity to display promotional material (supplied by Sponsor) at the Event

    ** ALL artwork must be supplied by the sponsor and emailed to * 

    Sponsor Organization:

    • Platinum: $5,000
    • Gold: $3,500 
    • Bronze: $1,500
    • Reception Sponsor: $3,000
    • Break Sponsor: $1,000

    Exhibit Table: $500.00

    - 6 ft. draped table/2 chairs
    - 1 representative
    - product or informational flyer in satchel

    Satchel Insert: $ 150.00
    If you cannot exhibit and would like for your informational flyer to be included in satchel. Inserts must be shipped to UHMS 1 month prior to the meeting.


    Event Properties

    Event Start Date 11-05-2021
    Event End Date 11-07-2021
    Cut off date 11-01-2021
    Location UC San Diego Campus, San Diego, CA
    Categories Exhibition

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  • COVID-19 Information

    The 2021 Pacific Chapter Meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society scheduled for November 5-7 at the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Medical Center Drive, La Jolla, CA is still a go! We are watching the impact of the COVID-19 Delta variant within the US and around the world with great interest and we are regularly monitoring US federal government, California state government, and the La Jolla city government COVID-19 websites for changes to travel and group gathering policies/recommendations/restrictions.


    We do not know the COVID-19 vaccination status of any of the registrants and we cannot require all attendees to be vaccinated. UHMS leadership is concerned with meeting attendees' health during and after our meeting and are recommending the following actions during any of the live UHMS meetings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

    • All attendees wear a protective face covering while inside the meeting venue
    • Practice physical distancing during the meeting
    • Regularly and thoroughly wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand rub

    We are excited about our live-in-person meetings in more than two years. We want everyone in attendance to enjoy the program and social events. We also want to ensure all attendees are protected from the COVID-19 virus. Following the above prevention steps during the meetings will significantly aid in protecting all.


    • Get your COVID-19 vaccine: Get your COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Guidance for fully vaccinated people.
    • Wear a face mask in public: Covering your nose and mouth with a face mask greatly reduces your chances of spreading the virus and also provides some protection for you. Use face coverings if you'll be indoors or around other people where social distancing is difficult to maintain. CDC guidance on cloth face coverings.
    • Wash your hands frequently: Washing your hands with regular soap and water for at least 20 seconds is effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer liberally. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. More handwashing tips.
    • Move at least 6 feet away from others: COVID-19 can spread among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period of time. Avoid public spaces where close contact with others may occur. If you are around other people, stay at least 6 feet away from them. CDC guidance on social distancing.

    Dated August 11, 2021:

    Thanks to millions of vaccinations, California’s economy is open. There are no county tiers, capacity limits, or physical distancing requirements. But we still need some common-sense safety measures until more people are vaccinated.

    On this page:

    What to do now

    COVID-19 has not gone away. To safely go about our daily lives, we need to continue:

    • Vaccinations
    • Masking
    • Testing if you feel sick
    • Other measures to keep ourselves and others safe

    Do’s and don’ts for daily life

    Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places are open. Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense safety steps in mind.


    • Get vaccinated
    • Wear a mask where required, in public indoor spaces, and on public transit
    • Follow safety rules for mega-events
    • Get tested if you’re sick
    • Honor mask rules in place at a private business
    • Get tested if required by your workplace
    • Wear a mask when you travel


    • Lose your proof of vaccination
    • Think you can’t get the virus or pass it on because you feel well
    • Assume everyone is vaccinated
    • Expect all COVID-19 rules everywhere to be lifted
    • Travel into the U.S. without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
    • Travel if you’re sick

    Read the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself and Others.


    California has statewide guidelines for wearing masks. Your local area may have more. Check">your area’s COVID-19 website.

    Masks are still required for everyone in some places, such as:

    • Public transit
    • Hospitals
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Adult and senior care facilities
    • Correctional facilities
    • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
    • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings

    In other indoor public settings, masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for everyone. Examples:

    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Theaters
    • Family entertainment centers
    • Meetings
    • State and local government offices that serve the public

    Read more on our">Masks page and CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.


    California no longer has a travel advisory in effect. There is no state recommendation to test and quarantine before and after travel.

    However, the CDC asks that you do the following:

    • Delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated
    • If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, get tested before and after
    • No matter your vaccination status, wear a mask while on public transportation or in a transportation hub

    Get tested if you feel sick and avoid traveling if you have or may have COVID-19.

    For more info, see CDC travel guidelines, the CDPH travel flyer, and the Travel page.


    As of 13 August 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website titled "Travelers Prevented from Entry into the United States" identifies those countries currently restricted from allowing their citizens from entering the United States due to COVID-19 conditions in those countries ( With specific exceptions, several Presidential proclamations suspend and limit entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of noncitizens who were physically present within the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. For a full list of exceptions, please refer to the relevant proclamations in the links below.

    As further provided in each proclamation, citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and other individuals who meet specified exceptions, who have been in one of the countries listed above in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States. More information about what to do after arriving to the United States is available on CDC’s After International Travel webpage.

    The US State Department website offers additional details on restricted entry into the United States (

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    Fall Newsletter 2021

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