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The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is providing the following information about the status of UHMS live course programming as it relates to COVID-19. The UHMS is assessing potential risks to attendees of UHMS live programming on a real-time basis based on community outbreak levels and the CDC recommendations for community events, including meetings at

The UHMS position on the continuation, delay or cancelation of meetings and courses, will be commensurate with the published CDC level of community outbreak.

John S. Peters
Executive Director

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Medical Examiner of Divers 2020: September 17-20

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  • General Information
  • Hotel
  • Travel/Transportation
  • Location
  • Fees
  • Schedule

General Information

The course content follows the approved curriculum of the Diving Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC), the European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC), and the European Committee of Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) so to reflect a uniformly balanced and internationally recognized program of instruction. This course has been approved by the Diving Medical Advisory Committee and the European Diving Technology Committee (DMAC/EDTCmed) as a Level 1 - Medical Examiner of Divers course. This is a specific training course preparing physicians to examine commercial, sport, research, and other related public service divers, and determine their fitness to dive.

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to prepare physicians to examine professional, sport, research and other related public service divers, and determine their fitness to dive.

Course Topics

  • Hyperbaric Physics
  • Hyperbaric Pathophysiology of Immersion
  • Pathophysiology of Decompression
  • Inert Gas Narcosis and Oxygen Toxicity
  • Characteristics of Various Divers
  • Diving Equipment
  • Regulations and Standards for Diving
  • Commercial Diving and Practical Demonstration
  • Dive Tables and Computers; Flying After Diving
  • Professional and Recreational Fitness Standards
  • Non-Dysbaric Diving Pathology
  • Medications Under Pressure
  • High Pressure Nervous Syndrome (HPNS)
  • Acute Dysbaric Disorders
  • Long Term Health Effects
  • Diver Incidents and Accidents
  • Fitness to Dive Standards
  • EKG Assessment
  • Fitness to Dive (Including Pulmonary Function Tests)
  • Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases

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 & 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). 

Hotel Information

unnamedDoubletree by Hilton New Orleans
300 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70103

Online Reservations:

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General Reservations: toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS

Group code/name to use when calling general reservations:

  • Group code: UHM
  • Group name: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society - Medical Examiner of Divers CME Training

Reservation cut-off date: Friday, August 28, 2020


Room Single Rate Double Rate Triple Rate Quad Rate

Standard King

$ 142.00

$ 142.00

$ 152.00

$ 162.00

Standard Queen / Queen

$ 142.00

$ 142.00

$ 152.00

$ 162.00

Oversized Junior Suite – King Bed

$ 142.00

$ 142.00

$ 152.00

$ 162.00

Your room must be secured with a valid credit card or company check.  Reservations must be canceled 72 hours prior to arrival date in order to avoid a one night’s cancellation penalty. 

Guest Room Taxes:  Group agrees to pay any and all applicable federal, state, municipal or other taxes, fees, or assessments imposed on or applicable to Group’s Event. Currently, the sales tax rate is 16.20%, and the hotel occupancy tax rate is $2 (subject to change without notice).   Hotel will honor any available tax exemptions for which Group qualifies, provided that Group properly completes and timely provides all documentation required by the applicable jurisdiction to substantiate the exemption.

Early Departure Fee: If a guest who has requested a room within the Room Block checks out prior to the guest's reserved checkout date, the Hotel will add an early checkout fee to that guest's individual account (currently, $75).   Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.  

  • Complimentary wireless internet in all guest rooms and meeting space
  • Check-in: 4:00 pm / Check-out: 11:00 am
  • Smoking: Non-Smoking - 100% Non-Smoking Hotel
  • ParkingCar or SUV valet parking is available at the prevailing parking rate at the time of check-in with in and out privileges; Rates and taxes are subject to change without notice. An additional fee will apply for oversized vehicles. Hotel does not offer bus/motor coach parking. Current valet parking rates are $44.00 per night, plus tax.
  • Parking near the hotel: Parking Panda ParkWhiz

 This New Orleans hotel boasts a convenient location between the French Quarter and the Arts District in downtown New Orleans. Enjoy the best of both worlds with easy access to the city’s top restaurants and entertainment venues. Dozens of New Orleans attractions and countless shops, art galleries, and museums only minutes away.  Spend an evening in Harrah’s Casino, or take a stroll around the lively French Quarter. The most famous street in the French Quarter is the historic Bourbon Street, just four blocks from this New Orleans, LA hotel. Discover more about a bug’s life at the Audubon Insectarium, or find out about the life aquatic at the nearby Audubon Aquarium. The knowledgeable staff at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans are happy to assist you in planning all your sightseeing, transportation, and entertainment needs; from jazz joints to riverboat rides.



  • Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans (MSY)
  • Ground Transportation- Taxicabs, Airport Shuttle, Buses and more.




50.00 USD

Super Shuttle

28.00 USD


33.00 USD

  • Rental Information- Rental cars information and links
  • Uber and Lyft also pick up at the Airport 


New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Must See

Don't leave the city without a visit to Café Du Monde and a cup of classic café au lait — along with the landmark shop's powdered beignets. Open 24 hours a day, the store even sells coffee and beignet mix for home. When your mind needs a break from business, visit The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas to experience sea life in the Gulf. The interactive stingray touch pool is not to be missed.

Must Do

Spend time in New Orleans in April to take part in the French Quarter Festival. Enjoy live performances from dozens of stages, taste unique food from local establishments, and celebrate the culture of this vibrant city. Any time of year is great for a stroll down to the riverfront to see the mighty Mississippi, and visit historic Jackson Square and the breathtaking St. Louis Cathedral.

What's New

Leave your car and hop on the newly renovated Streetcar for a nostalgic tour of the Big Easy. The line stops right outside the hotel at Canal and Carondolet and forms an arcing railway through the "Crescent City." Visit the beautiful garden district and take in the grandeur of antebellum mansions from the comfort of the cars. The line is currently expanding to more areas of this great city.

Don't Go Home Without

Whether you choose a self-guided excursion, scenic carriage ride, pub-crawl or haunted expedition, don't go home without a proper tour of the French Quarter. Popular stops can include Jackson Square, the Historic French Market and Mardi Gras World.


Getting around New Orleans by car can be difficult, so you might want to consider leaving your car at home. The Streetcar offers easy transportation, including the Central Business District and the riverfront area. Bourbon Street is easy to walk, and the weather is fairly moderate year round. Dress light for summer visits and have a jacket on hand for fall and winter.


  • Member Fee - $995
  • Member Renewal: Sat & Sun Only - $525
  • Non-Member Fee - $1095
  • Non-Member Renewal: Sat & Sun Only - $575
  • Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant - $650
  • RN/CHT/DMT/EMP - $475


$100 administrative fee will be held on all MEETING(S)/COURSE(S) cancellations from the time you register, until 60 days prior to the meeting/course date. From 59 days to one (1) month prior, 50% of fees will be held on all cancellations. NO REFUNDS will be issued one (1) month before or after the meeting/course date.


posted 5/23/19 (subject to change)

7:00-8:00 Continental Breakfast  
7:30-7:45 Pre-Course Survey John Freiberger, MD
7:45-8:00 Faculty, Participant & Course Introduction John Freiberger, MD
8:00–8:30 Cases to Keep in Mind John Freiberger, MD
8:30–9:15 Hyperbaric Physics Davut Savaser, MD
9:15–10:15 Diving Related Physiology (gases) John Freiberger, MD
10:15–10:30 Q & A with the faculty Faculty
10:30–11:30 Diving Related Physiology (immersion) John Freiberger, MD
11:30-12:30 Recreational/Technical/Military Diving & Equipment Brian Keuski, MD
12:30–1:30 Lunch – On Own  
1:30-2:30 Dive Tables and Computers; Flying After Diving Bruce Derrick, MD
2:30-4:00 Commercial Diving, Equipment, Diver Characteristics Tony Alleman, MD
4:00-5:00 Practical Application of Dive Tables & HBO Physics Brian Keuski, MD
5:00-6:00 Q&A with faculty, Exam #1 Faculty
6:00-7:00 Welcome Reception  
8:00–9:00 Transport to EPIC Divers  
9:00–12:00 Epic Divers Commercial Diving Lecture and Practical Demonstrations Billy Bratowski
12:00–1:00 Transport to Hotel  
1:00-2:00 Lunch – On Own  
2:00-2:45 Inert Gas Narcosis, High Pressure Nervous Syndrome John Freiberger, MD
2:45-3:30 Acute Dysbaric Disorders Bruce Derrick, MD
3:30-4:15 Oxygen Toxicity Bruce Derrick, MD
4:15-4:45 Non-Dysbaric Diving Disorders Davut Savaser, MD
4:45-5:15 Long Term Health Effects of Diving Davut Savaser, MD
5:15-6:30 Q&A with faculty, Exam #2 Faculty
07:30-08:30 Continental Breakfast  
8:00–9:00 Commercial Diver Examination, Forms & Procedures Tony Alleman, MD
9:00-10:00 Diving Focused Physical Examination   Davut Savaser, MD
10:00-11:00 Audiograms Tony Alleman, MD
11:00-11:45 Pulmonary Function Testing Brian Keuski, MD
11:45-12:00 Q & A with the faculty Faculty
12:00–1:00 Lunch – On Own  
1:00-1:45 ECG Assessment Bruce Derrick, MD
1:45-2:15 Scientific and Public Safety Diving Regulations Bruce Derrick, MD
2:15-3:00 Medications and Diving Tony Alleman, MD
3:00-3:45 A Physician's Approach to Fitness to Dive (recreational) Davut Savaser, MD
3:45-5:15 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases 1 Brian Keuski, MD
5:15-6:15 Q&A with faculty, Exam #3 Faculty
7:00-8:00 Continental Breakfast  
7:30-8:30 Cases from the Gulf of Mexico Tony Alleman, MD
8:30-10:00 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases 2 John Freiberger, MD
10:00-1:30 Q&A with faculty, Exam #4, Closure Faculty

Snacks/drinks will be provided each day

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: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 32 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

MOC ABPM: This activity has been approved by the American Board of Preventive Medicine for up to 28 MOC credits. Claiming ABPM MOC credit is appropriate for those who are ABPM diplomates.

Event Properties

Event Date 09-17-2020
Event End Date 09-20-2020
Capacity 35
Location Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans
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