Physicians Diving Medicine Course

Seattle, WA
Monday, August 08, 2011



Physicians Diving Medicine Course
Monday, August 08, 2011 8:00 AM -
Friday, August 19, 2011 11:45 AM (Pacific Time)

NOAA Diving Center
7600 Sand Point Way, NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States

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 NOAA/UHMS Physicians Training Course in Diving Medicine

 AUGUST 8 - 19, 2011

NOAA Diving Center, SEATTLE, WA




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 OBSERVER DIVER MEDICAL HISTORY FORM.  The form can be found on this  link

Please fill out the FOREIGN NATIONAL VISITOR/GUEST INFORMATION FORM: WORD  / PDF   - Fax to: 919-490-5149 or email to:

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 evaluation form.   

Course Fee



Course fee is required at time of registration.  All registrations must be submitted by July 1, 2011.  Upon receipt of your registration you will received a confirmation letter with hotel reservation information.  Please contact Cindi Easterling, the Course Coordinator, at email:   (919) 490-5140 x104 or 877-533-UHMS for additional information or if you have any questions. 

Course Description, Goal and Objectives








The NOAA/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.  Through lectures, case presentations, video clips, printed support materials, practical exercises, and both formal and informal question and answer sessions with the faculty, it is anticipated that upon completion of the course the attendees will be able to:


  • Discuss the basic physics and physiology of the hyperbaric environment to include:  defining and applying the laws and principles; describing the differences between hyperbaric and hypobaric pressure; linking the physiological effects of the hyperbaric environment with the pathology of the disease intended to be treated; and, describing hyperbaric gases and their effects under pressure;
  • Discuss basic decompression theory from a historical development to current concepts and factors affecting decompression safety including acceptable risks and thermal issues; and delineate decompression sickness from barotrauma and arterial gas embolism;
  • Describe dive computer theories and analyze various types; relate these to at least two different dive tables;
  • Be introduced to commercial diving compared to recreational and tech diving, and, discuss differences in procedures, equipment, and diver categories;
  • Define hyperbaric oxygen therapy; discuss the clinical application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the treatment tables utilized;
  • Participate in: Superlite 17 Surface Supplied diving, and actual hyperbaric chamber operations to include pressurization, de-pressurization, ventilation, and operations roles;
  • Describe the various components, types, operational and safety hazards associated with hyperbaric chambers;
  • Discuss diving related conditions resulting from the effects of long term effects of diving, flying after diving, altitude, thermal conditions, or, being a young, elderly, or female diver;
  • State the rationale and purpose of performing a neurologic assessment on a diver with signs and/or symptoms of DCI, and be able to perform such an examination;
  • Discuss medical and fitness standards for diving to include:  contraindications for both commercial and recreational divers, differences in medical standards for recreational versus occupational diving communities; legal implications for approving and denying fitness to dive in an occupational setting, and, approaches for determining the safety of prescription and OTC medications used by divers.


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. 


Continuing Education

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

Physician CME:  The UHMS designates this course for a maximum of 80 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM .  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extend of their participation in the activity.




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





















































































































































Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Credit Card Orders
    **Make sure the address information that you enter for your credit card is the billing address for that credit card; otherwise the charge will decline.**

    Your credit card will be processed automatically when you register online.

    Please make checks payable to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and submit to the UHMS, Cindi Easterling, 21 West Colony Place, Suite 280, Durham, NC 27705 

    $100.00 administrative fee will be held on all cancellations before start date of meeting.  NO REFUNDS AFTER START DATE OF COURSE.

    If you have any questions please contact Cindi Easterling at 877-533-UHMS/919-490-5140 or by email at

    If you have any questions please contact Cindi Easterling at 877-533-UHMS/919-490-5140 or by email at
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