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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 2023

Event Properties

Event Date 09-21-2023 8:00 am
Event End Date 09-24-2023 1:30 pm
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  • General Information
  • Hotel
  • Location
  • Fees
  • Schedule
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Continuing Education Credits


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.
  • If you are attending for a renewal, please note that you will still be expected to take the full exam. 
  • 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). 


InterContinental New Orleans  |  444 St. Charles Avenue   |   New Orleans, LA 70130

Modern comfort and classic southern hospitality intertwine at this AAA Four Diamond Award luxury hotel near the French Quarter. From our bold restaurants to our timeless event spaces and every room in between, InterContinental® New Orleans provides guests with the refined amenities needed for an unrivaled stay in the Crescent City. Nestled in the Central Business District, guests will be just steps from iconic areas like Bourbon Street and the Arts District of New Orleans.


Block dates: 9/20-24/2023
Rate: $160*
Reservations: toll-free number 1-800-439-4745
Online reservation link: Coming soon
"Cut-Off Date" is: Wednesday August 30, 2023, 5pm CT

The Hotel requires a first night deposit or guarantee on all reservations.  When a reservation is received via telephone, fax or mail, the guest has 10 days to provide a guarantee.  If the guarantee is not received within 10 days, the reservation will be cancelled.  Reservations can be guaranteed by check, money order, major credit card or to your Master Account.  Any reservations made after 5:00pm
Wednesday August 30, 2023, are subject to availability.

*$30.00 each additional person, per room, per night, applies after two adults occupy a room

The Guest Room Rates, inclusive of complimentary guest room internet (up to 2 mbps), are quoted exclusive of applicable taxes, applicable service fees, and/or Hotel-specific fees in effect at the time of the Event, which are currently 16.20% and $2.00 occupancy tax, and subject to change.

The convention rate will be honored three (3) days before/after the official meeting dates, based on last room availability of the hotel at the time the reservation is made.  Our check-in time is 4:00 pm; check out time is 12:00 noon.


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 Fellow/Resident - $500
  • Non-Member Fee - $1095
  • Non-Member Fellow/Resident - $700
  • Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant - $650


$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
Posted: 9/22/22

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
09:15–10:15 Dive Tables and Computers; Flying After Diving Bruce Derrick, MD
10:15–11:15 Dive Table and Physics Calculations Brian Keuski, MD
11:15-11:30 Q & A with the faculty Faculty
11:30-12:30 Lunch Break  
12:30–13:30 Recreational/Technical/Military Diving & Equipment Brian Keuski, MD
13:30-15:00 Commercial Diving, Equipment, Diver Characteristics Tony Alleman, MD
15:00-15:15 Q & A with the faculty Faculty
15:15-16:15 Diving Related Physiology (gases) Richard Moon, MD
16:15-17:15 Diving Related Physiology (immersion) Richard Moon, MD
17:15-17:30 Q&A with faculty Faculty
17:30-18:00 Exam #1 (On own)  
06:30–08:00 Travel to Triton Commercial Dive Center Faculty
06:30-07:00 Review Exam #1 (on bus) Faculty
07:00-08:00 Physical Examination of Divers (on bus, recorded) Davut Savaser, MD
08:00-11:00 Commercial Diving Lecture/Equipment and Practical Demonstration Billy Bratkowski
11:00-12:30 Travel back to Omni Riverfront  
11:15-11:45 Non-Dysbaric Diving Disorders (on bus, recorded) Davut Savaser, MD
12:30-13:00 Lunch Break  
13:00-14:00 Long Term Health Effects of Diving Davut Savaser, MD
14:00-14:30 Acute Dysbaric Disorders Brian Keuski, MD
14:30-14:45 Q&A with faculty  
14:45-15:45 Inert Gas Narcosis, High Pressure Nervous Syndrome Bruce Derrick, MD
15:45-16:45 Oxygen Toxicity Bruce Derrick, MD
16:45-17:00 Q&A with faculty Faculty
17:00-18:00 Exam #2 (On own)  
07:30-08:00 Q&A with faculty (Exam #2) Faculty
08:00–09:00 Commercial Diver Examination, Forms & Procedures Tony Alleman, MD
09:00-10:00 Commercial Diving Assessment Tony Alleman, MD
10:00-11:00 ECG Assessment Bruce Derrick, MD
11:00-11:45 Pulmonary Function Testing Brian Keuski, MD
11:45-12:30 Recreational Diving Assessment Davut Savaser, MD
12:30–13:30 Lunch Break  
13:30-14:30 Audiograms Tony Alleman, MD
14:30-15:00 Scientific and Public Safety Diving Regulations Bruce Derrick, MD
15:00-15:30 Medications and Diving Tony Alleman, MD
15:30-16:00 Diving assessment in the COVID-19 era Brian Keuski, MD
16:00-17:30 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases 1 Brian Keuski, MD
17:30-18:00 Q&A with faculty Faculty
18:00 Exam #3 (On Own)  
07:30-08:00 Q&A with faculty (Exam #3) Faculty
08:00-09:15 Fitness to Dive Assessment Cases Bruce Derrick, MD
09:15-10:30 Cases from the Gulf of Mexico Tony Alleman, MD
10:30-11:00 Q&A with faculty Faculty
11:00-11:30 Course Wrap Up Bruce Derrick, MD, Tony Alleman, MD
11:30-12:00 Q&A with faculty Faculty
12:00 Exam #4 (On own)  


Posted: 6/3/22: Vaccination and Masking (N95) at the course is strongly encouraged. 
Posted: 6/3/22: Masking (N95) will be required on bus for tour of Trition Commerical Dive Center.

We are watching the impact of the COVID-19 variants within the US and around the world with great interest and we are regularly monitoring US federal government, Louisiana state 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.


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.


Event Properties

Event Date 09-21-2023 8:00 am
Event End Date 09-24-2023 1:30 pm

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