Medical Examiner of Divers 2020: Virtual Course: SEPTEMBER 19-20 and SEPTEMBER 26-27

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NEXT COURSE DATE: September 2-5, 2021
LOCATION: Doubletree New Orleans, LA

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. 
  • 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:

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 12, 2021


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.



  • Member Fee - $995
  • Member Fellow/Resident - $500
  • Member Renewal: Sat & Sun Only - $525
  • Non-Member Fee - $1095
  • Non-Member Fellow/Resident - $700
  • 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.


Schedule is subject to change

07:30-08:00 Faculty, Participant & Course Introduction Bruce Derrick, MD,
Tony Alleman, MD
08:00–08:30 Fitness to Dive Case Primers Bruce Derrick, MD,
Tony Alleman, MD
08:30–09:15 Hyperbaric Physics Davut Savaser, MD 0.75
09:15–10:15 Diving Related Physiology (gases) John Freiberger, MD 1
10:15–10:30 Q & A with the faculty Faculty 0.25
10:30–11:30 Diving Related Physiology (immersion) John Freiberger, MD 1
11:30-12:30 Recreational/Technical/Military Diving & Equipment Brian Keuski, MD 1
12:30–13:30 Lunch Break    
13:30-14:30 Dive Tables and Computers; Flying After Diving Bruce Derrick, MD 1
14:30-16:00 Commercial Diving, Equipment, Diver Characteristics Tony Alleman, MD 1.5
16:00-17:00 Dive Tables and Physics Calculations Brian Keuski, MD 1
17:00-18:00 Q&A with faculty, Exam #1 Faculty 1
08:00–08:30 Q&A with faculty (Exam #1) Faculty 0.5
08:30-09:30 Acute Dysbaric Disorders Brian Keuski, MD 1
09:30–11:30 Commercial Diving Lecture and Equipment Billy Bratkowski 2
11:00-12:00 Commercial Diving Lecture and Equipment Faculty Questions and Discussion Billy Bratkowski 1
12:00–13:30 Lunch Break    
13:30-15:00 Inert Gas Narcosis, High Pressure Nervous Syndrome John Freiberger, MD 1.5
15:00-16:00 Oxygen Toxicity Bruce Derrick, MD 1
16:00-16:30 Non-Dysbaric Diving Disorders Davut Savaser, MD 0.5
16:30-17:00 Long Term Health Effects of Diving Davut Savaser, MD 0.5
17:00-18:00 Q&A with faculty, Exam #2 Faculty 1
07:30-08:00 Q&A with faculty (Exam #2) Faculty 0.5
08:00–09:00 Commercial Diver Examination, Forms & Procedures Tony Alleman, MD 1
09:00-10:00 Commercial Diving Assessment Tony Alleman, MD 1
10:00-11:00 ECG Assessment Bruce Derrick, MD 1
11:00-11:30 Pulmonary Function Testing Brian Keuski, MD 0.75
11:30-12:00 Diving assessment in the COVID-19 era Faculty 0.5
12:00–13:00 Lunch Break    
13:00-14:00 Audiograms Tony Alleman, MD 1
14:00-14:30 Scientific and Public Safety Diving Regulations Bruce Derrick, MD 0.5
14:30-15:00 Medications and Diving Tony Alleman, MD 0.5
15:00-15:45 Recreational Diving Assessment Davut Savaser, MD 0.75
15:45-17:15 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases 1 Brian Keuski, MD 1.5
17:15-18:15 Q&A with faculty, Exam #3 Faculty 0.75
07:30-08:00 Q&A with faculty (Exam #3) Faculty 0.5
08:00-09:15 Cases from the Gulf of Mexico Tony Alleman, MD 1.25
09:15-10:30 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases 2 Bruce Derrick, MD 1.25
10:30-11:00 Q&A with faculty Faculty 0.5
11:00-11:30 Course Wrap Up Bruce Derrick, MD,
Tony Alleman, MD
11:30-13:30 Exam #4, Q&A with faculty (Exam 4) Faculty 2


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 34 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 09-19-2020
Event End Date 09-27-2020
Registration Start Date 09-01-2020
Capacity 45
Cut off date 09-30-2020
Location Virtual platform (EST)
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