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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

Medical Examiner of Divers 2021

Event Properties

Event Date 09-02-2021 8:00 am
Event End Date 09-05-2021 1:30 pm
Cut off date 09-02-2021 8:00 am
Location Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans
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  • General Information
  • Hotel
  • Fees
  • Schedule
  • COVID-19 Information

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: Wednesday, August 25, 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


The Medical Examiner of Divers Course of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society scheduled for September 2-5, 2021 at the Doubletree New Orleans, LA 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, Louisiana state government, and New Orleans 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 meeting 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.


The city of New Orleans published the latest Public Health Order on August 16, 2021 and it addresses face covering and physical distancing recommendations
Current Guidelines

Protecting public health and safety will continue to drive the City of New Orleans’ response to COVID-19. Procedures and decisions will be informed by State and Federal guidance, an internal City task force, external advisory groups, and robust data analysis. Specific public health milestones must be met before the City will begin to ease restrictions and progress from one phase to another. If these criteria are not met or if there is a spike in cases or deaths, it may be necessary to move back to stricter measures. View public health dashboard.

Modified Phase Three IN EFFECT AUGUST 16, 2021

The City of New Orleans continues to meet all public health milestones and has fully vaccinated over 74% of all adults with the COVID-19 vaccine. However, only slightly more than 52% of all New Orleanians have been fully vaccinated.  Furthermore, there are several census tracts in the City with vaccination rates below 50%.  Therefore, the New Orleans Health Department is reimposing restrictions on certain activities pursuant to the Mayor’s emergency powers provided by La. R.S. 29:727(F) and the “Mayoral Proclamation to Further Promulgate Emergency Orders During the State of Emergency Due to COVID-19” filed on May 15, 2020. These restrictions will be effective as of August 16, 2021 at 6:00 A.M.

  • Masks required


  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors when with people who are not in their immediate household.
  • Masks also required at outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity.
  • Vaccines required
  • Anyone 12 years of age and older must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours, including employees, to access:
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Breweries, microbreweries, distilleries & micro-distilleries


  • Gyms
  • Indoor group fitness centers or individual fitness classes


  • Indoor sports complexes, stadiums & arenas
  • Concert & music halls
  • Event spaces such as hotel ballrooms, event venues & reception halls
  • Pool halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centers, arcades, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds & arcades
  • Adult live performance venues
  • Casinos, racetracks & video poker establishments
  • Indoor amusement facilities


  • Outdoor events of more than 500 people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity.
  • Gathering guidelines
  • Masks are required at all indoor gatherings.
  • Proof of vaccination or negative PCR tests will be required at all indoor gatherings at establishments included in these requirements.


  • Masks strongly recommended for outdoor events of 500+ people if total event attendance is less than 50% of the outdoor venue’s capacity.
  • Masks required for outdoor events of 500+ people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue’s capacity.
  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test result from last 72 hours required for outdoor events of 500+ people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity.


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 (


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 09-02-2021 8:00 am
Event End Date 09-05-2021 1:30 pm
Cut off date 09-02-2021 8:00 am
Location Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans

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