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 120 hours of continuing education credits. The PATH curriculum is divided into five (5) main components described below.
- Must be a current UHMS Member and maintain your membership during the duration of your certification. If you are not a current member, click here to join now.
- Must have access to a copy of "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indications, Thirteenth/Fourteenth Edition". You can purchase a copy as a printed book or ebook by clicking here. You will also need the references list out of the 14th version (click here for the pdf).
- Must have completed a 40-hour introduction to hyperbaric medicine course.
Currently, all blocks (1 through 9) are released. A schedule for the case presentations/write-ups, will be released shortly, along with a schedule for the case conferences.
SNAPSHOT: Components of the UHMS PATH
- Self-directed learning
- Reading assignments – Participants will read selected textbook chapters, seminal articles, and other publications.
- Video presentations – Learners will view selected PowerPoint presentations.
- Case presentations/write-ups – Learners will submit 10 HIPAA-compliant case write-ups from the initial consultation to the end-of-treatment summary for peer review by a board-certified UHM faculty member.
- Case conferences – Learners will participate in regularly scheduled web-hosted case conferences led by board-certified UHM faculty members to discuss interesting cases and provide feedback on case workups.
- Skills lab – Learners will have to complete the UHMS Hyperbaric Skills and Emergency Management course that will be offered periodically throughout the year.
- Examination – Learners will have a pre-test and post-test to assess gained knowledge.
Self-directed learning: 60 hours
This portion of the PATH will be broken down into different content blocks and will include reading materials 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.
Case write-ups: 20 hours
All candidates will be required to submit redacted chart notes of patients for whom the candidate was the primary caregiver. These are not cases in progress. Candidates will have to submit the following documents on a per-case basis.
- initial history and physical examination
- periodic progress notes
- documentation of hyperbaric supervision notes
- end-of-treatment summary (if this is not part of standard practice, the candidate will have to write a summary of the treatment for submission)
Redacted cases will be scanned and uploaded into the PATH database.
Candidates will have to submit receive a passing evaluation of 10 cases covering four separate indications for HBO2.
PATH faculty will review these cases in a blind fashion, assessing the candidate’s documentation.
- Is there a history and physical/consultation delineating the need for HBO2?
- Is there a clear case made for the medical necessity of HBO2?
- Is there appropriate regular assessment of progress/ need for continued/ending HBO2?
- Are there documented supervisory notes?
- Is there a summary of the patient’s course in HBO2?
PATH faculty will grade each case as: Pass, Pass Pending Additional Documentation, or No-Pass. Candidates will submit additional cases until they have passed 10 cases.
Case conference: 12 hours
Candidates will be required to attend six web-based case conferences that will be held monthly by PATH faculty. These case conferences will be two hours in length and include discussion of submitted cases that have had both good and bad workups. The discussion of the cases will remain anonymous.
Skills lab: 8 hours
All PATH candidates must complete a UHMS-sanctioned Skills Lab, which will be conducted as pre-courses throughout the year, ahead of the Annual Scientific Meeting and other selected UHMS meetings. Registration fees for the skills lab are independent of the cost of PATH tuition.
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, is 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: (See preamble before each Block for specific credit designations)
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 prior to the activity.
The information provided in 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 (UHMS), its affiliates or its employees