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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

Physicians Training in Diving Medicine 2022

Event Properties

Event Date 10-17-2022 8:00 am
Event End Date 10-27-2022 5:30 pm
Location Marriott San Diego LaJolla
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  • COVID-19 Information

NEXT COURSE DATE: October 17-27, 2022
LOCATION: Marriott San Diego La Jolla, CA

Course Description and Goal

The UHMS Physicians Training in Hyperbaric Medicine Course was started in 1977 with financial support from the Department of Energy and the cooperation of the US Navy. Further influence has been based on internationally accepted training objectives that were agreed upon by the Diving Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC), the European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC), and the European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM). This course is primarily designed for those who possess an MD, DO, or equivalent degree; however those non-physicians who will use the training in their geographic areas to enhance the safety and efficiency of diving operations will also find the course of value.

The goal of this course is to train physicians in recognizing and treating diving medical emergencies. Course educational methodology includes lectures, case presentations, video clips, printed support materials, practical exercises, and both formal and informal question and answer sessions with the faculty.

In addition to lectures on the physiology and medicine of diving, the course will include practical exposure to different types of diving equipment, recompression chambers and support systems and situational/simulation training.

Applicants for the course should possess an MD, DO, or equivalent degree. Preference will be given to those applicants who will use the training in their geographic areas to enhance the safety and efficiency of diving operations.

The applicant must pass a diving physical examination if they wish to participate in diving/pressure-related activities. The purpose of this Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training. Please be sure to fill out the Medical Questionnaire form (Click here for form), which can also be found on the registration page.

CME Hours: For MD/DO/PhD, or equivalent advanced degree, a Certificate of Continuing Medical Education Credits will be issued for those who complete an online evaluation form; MOC credit will be available.

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 required to bring a mask/snorkel and a wetsuit.
    • If you do not own a wetsuit we can get one of the local faculty members take you to a dive shop where you can either rent or buy what is needed. 
  • You will be provided with a web link to access all the lecture presentations, homework and handouts.
  • You will be given a notebook to take notes (this notebook will have just the lecture topics and objectives). 


Marriott San Diego La Jolla
4240 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, California 92037 USA


Room Type Single Double
Standard Room $199.00 $215.00

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 10.5% occupancy tax, 2% Marketing Tourism District assessment fee, and $0.50 CA Tourism fee) in effect at the time of check-out. Quoted sleeping room rates will be offered to your attendees, prior to the cut-off date, based on last room availability of contracted room types, 3 days before and 3 days after the above event dates.

Deadline date to make your reservations: September 26, 2022, 5pm PT
Online: Click here or paste the following link in your web address bar:
Call in:  Marriott reservations (888) 236-2427 or Direct: 858-587-1414.  Please be sure to mention our group Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society and the course "UHMS Physicians Training in Diving Medicine in order to get the group rate.


La Jolla, CA

What to do around here
The picturesque village of La Jolla in the upmarket neighborhood of University Town Center near the University of California San Diego and Scripps Memorial Hospital. Perfect for business guests, nearby corporate premises include those of Ernst & Young, IBM, Pfizer, and Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

Soak up some sun on one of many nearby local beaches, including La Jolla Cove. Take the family to LEGOLAND California and enjoy the thrilling rides and exciting attractions, or discover mammals and aquatic animals at San Diego Zoo and Sea World. Challenge a friend or colleague to a few rounds on the nearby Torrey Pines Golf Course, or indulge in some retail therapy at Westfield Shopping Center across the street.  Things to do 


La Jolla is a scenic seaside area, known for its rugged coastline. Trails wind past pine trees and sandstone canyons in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, while two world-renowned golf courses at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, which sit atop sea cliffs. La Jolla Cove has sweeping ocean views, and the Shell Beach tide pools are home to anemones and crabs. Posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants dot walkable La Jolla Village.

See all the city has to offer and discover unique experiences to help you plan the perfect trip.

Beachside attitude, Big city excitement
With near-perfect weather year-round, 70 miles of spectacular coastline, world-class attractions and a thriving urban core complete with a sophisticated art, dining and nightlife scene, San Diego has earned the name 'California’s beach city.' Average temperatures of 72 degrees, San Diego is a year-round outdoor playground.  Check the weather now:

Explore San Diego’s diverse coastal, urban and inland neighborhoods, each with its own flavor. Don’t miss sampling the area's signature Cali Baja cuisine or tasting one of the hundreds of craft beers and wines bottled in the region.  

After a day at the beach or other outdoor adventure, head to the party downtown at one of the sizzling nightclubs or rooftop bars. If art and culture is your passion, you’ll find an exciting hub of creativity in San Diego. Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West,” Balboa Park features 17 museums, numerous galleries and performing arts venues as well as the San Diego Zoo.   

It’s hard to find a better destination for families. Whether you love engaging with animals or thrill rides, building sandcastles or beach bonfires, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family from sun up to sun down.  

Happiness is calling from San Diego: It’s time to answer the call and start planning your vacation now.  


International Airport

Conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego and serviced by 22 major and commuter airlines including non-stop flights from Mexico, Canada, Japan and the UK, San Diego International Airport is managed by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and receives more than 16 million passengers a year.  

Airport Code: SAN
Flying into San Diego, passengers get a bird's eye view of Balboa Park, downtown and the San Diego Bay on their descent to San Diego International Airport, aka Lindbergh Field. The airport terminals are easy to navigate and offer gourmet food and drink from local restaurants.

Exploring San Diego by car is the most convenient way of getting around to all corners of the region. The freeway system is easy to navigate and the traffic is manageable other than typical work-day morning and evening rush hours.

The Rental Car Center at San Diego International Airport provides visitors with an easy, reliable, and comfortable experience for renting a vehicle. The Center is home to most of the rental car companies including national brands, local companies, and independent businesses in one central location.

Many of car rental companies also provide convenient pick-up services at many of the San Diego hotels. Just be sure to make reservations and arrangements ahead of time. Many hotel concierge services can also offer these services, so check with your hotel on what they can provide for you.


  • UHMS Member: Physician Fee - $2,300
  • UHMS Member Fellow/Resident Fee - $1,125
  • NON-Member: Physician Fee - $2,600
  • NON-Member Fellow/Resident Fee - $1,375

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY: $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.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE - subject to change
Posted: 9/27/2021

Day spent at hotel
0800-0900 Welcome and Introduction to Diving Pete Witucki, MD
0900-1000 Human Factors in Dive Safety Richard Sadler, MD
1000-1100 Dive Physics #1 (Pressure) Richard Sadler, MD
1100-1200 Dive Physics #2 (Gas Laws) Richard Sadler, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1400 Neurologic Exam and Diving Pete Witucki, MD
1400-1500 Case Discussions in Diving Medicine Pete Witucki, MD
1500-1600 Non-Pulmonary Barotrauma Chris Tomaszewski, MD
1600-1700 Medications Under Pressure Chris Tomaszewski, MD
1700-1730 Q & A / Exam  
Day spent at hotel
0800-0900 Pulmonary Oxygen Toxicity Leo Tanaka, MD
0900-1000 Aviation DCS Leo Tanaka, MD
1000-1200 Pathophysiology and Manifestations of DCI Simon Mitchell, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1500 Recompression Therapy and Adjuvant Treatment of DCI Simon Mitchell, MD
1500-1600 Emergency Myringotomy Charley Coffey, MD
1600-1700 Myringotomy Lab Charley Coffey, MD
1700-1730 Q & A / Exam Faculty
Day spent at hotel
0800-0900 Maladies at Sea Christanne Coffey, MD
0900-1000 Cold Water Immersion and Hypothermia Christanne Coffey, MD
1000-1100 Clinical Hyperbaric Chamber Operations Jay Duchnick, RN, CHT
1100-1200 Hyperbaric Chamber Safety Jay Duchnick, RN, CHT
1200-1300 Lunch (On own)  
1300-1400 Dive Tables Anthony Medak, MD
1400-1500 Bubble Detection Anthony Medak, MD
1500-1700 Ultrasound Skills Lab Anthony Medak, MD
1700-1730 Q & A / Exam Faculty
AM at hotel (0800-1030)
Partial day at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037
Partial day at La Jolla Shores Beach, La Jolla, CA
0800-0900 CNS Oxygen Toxicity Karen Van Hoesen, MD
0900-1000 Marine Envenomations Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1000-1200 Birch Aquarium – Behind the Scenes Tour Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 Beach Training Day San Diego Lifeguards
-          Tides and Rip Currents
-          Surf Zone/Beach Rescue
-          Evacuation from the Scene
-          Surface O2 and Rescue Equipment Familiarization
1700-1730 Q & A / Exam Faculty
Full Day Off-site at Hyperbaric Medical Services Facility, 3224 Hoover Ave, National City, CA  91950
0800-0900 Introduction to Chamber SIM Pete Witucki, MD
0900-1200 HBO Chamber SIM Training Pete Witucki, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1700 HBO Chamber SIM Training continued Pete Witucki, MD
          Case 1 (Oxygen Toxicity seizure)
          Case 2 (Code in the chamber)
          Case 3 (Aborted Dive and safe deco of tender)
          Case 4 (Monoplace Chamber EP's)
          Procedure Station 1 (Recognition of Tension PTX/thoracostomy)
          Procedure Station 2 (airway management)  
          Procedure Station 3 (Chamber ICU equipment)  
          Procedure Station 4 (Neuro exam)  
1700-1730 Q & A / Exam Faculty
Full Day spent at hotel
0800-0900 Scientific Diving Daniel Popa, MD
0900-1000 Long Term Effects of Diving Daniel Popa, MD
1000-1100 Critical Care in the Hyperbaric Chamber Davut Savaser, MD
1100-1200 Immersion Pulmonary Edema Davut Savaser, MD
1200-1300 Lunch (on own)  
1300-1400 HBO Non-Diving Clinical Issues Pete Witucki, MD
1400-1500 Surface Supplied Diving Pete Witucki, MD
1500-1600 US Navy Diving and Submarine Rescue Pete Witucki, MD
1600-1630 Q & A / Exam  
1800-2100 Banquet with Lecture Marty Snyderman 
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
Morning ON OWN to enjoy the La Jolla / San Diego area  
1200-1530 Pool Work     Pete Witucki, MD
Dick Sadler, MD
Peter Lindholm, MD
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0730-0930 Free Diving - Neurologic Manifestations Jaun Valdivia, MD
0930-1030 Breath-hold Diving Peter Lindholm, MD
1030-11:30 Breath-hold Diving Medical Issues Peter Lindholm, MD
1130-1200 Q & A / Exam  
1200-1230 Lunch (on own)  
1230-1530 Pool Work Pete Witucki, MD
     Breath Hold Diving station Dick Sadler, MD
     Oxygen Physiology station Peter Lindholm, MD
     Free Diving  
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0730-0830 Advanced Gas Physics Peter Lindholm, MD
0830-0930 Nitrox Diving Michael Lang, PhD
0930-1030 Cold Water Physiology Michael Lang, PhD
1030-1130 Dive Computers Michael Lang, PhD
1130-1200 Q & A / Exam  
1200-1230 Lunch (on own)  
1230-1530 Pool Work Pete Witucki, MD
     PSD in-water skills station Dick Sadler, MD
     Full facemask and comms station Peter Lindholm, MD
     Dry Suit station  
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0730-0830 Diver Death Investigation Charlotte Sadler, MD
0830-0930 Fitness to Dive Karen Van Hoesen, MD
0930-1030 Fitness to Dive: Cases Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1030-1130 Starting a Dive Clinic Karen Van Hoesen, MD
1130-1200 Q & A / Exam  
1200-1230 Lunch (on own)  
1230-1530 Pool Work Pete Witucki, MD
     Dive tender station Dick Sadler, MD
     Disabled diver rescue and transport Charlotte Sadler, MD
     Rebreather buoyancy station  
Partial Day at hotel
Partial Day off-site at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
0730-0830 Rebreather diving Dick Sadler, MD
0830-0930 Rebreather Diving: Medical Issues Charlotte Sadler, MD
0930-1030 Arterial Gas Embolism Tom Neuman, MD
1030-1130 Current Issues in Diving Medicine (Dive Clearance Forms/COVID) Charlotte Sadler, MD
1130-1200 Q & A / Exam  
1200-1230 Lunch (on own)  
1230-1530 Pool Work Pete Witucki, MD
     Hands-on Rebreather set-up station #1 Dick Sadler, MD
     Hands-on Rebreather set-up station #2 Charlotte Sadler, MD
     Injured diver: treatment, packaging and transport  




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, California state government, and the La Jolla 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.


  • Get your COVID-19 vaccine: Get your COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Guidance for fully vaccinated people.
  • Wear a face mask in public: Covering your nose and mouth with a face mask greatly reduces your chances of spreading the virus and also provides some protection for you. Use face coverings if you'll be indoors or around other people where social distancing is difficult to maintain. CDC guidance on cloth face coverings.
  • Wash your hands frequently: Washing your hands with regular soap and water for at least 20 seconds is effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer liberally. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. More handwashing tips.
  • Move at least 6 feet away from others: COVID-19 can spread among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period of time. Avoid public spaces where close contact with others may occur. If you are around other people, stay at least 6 feet away from them. CDC guidance on social distancing.

Dated August 11, 2021:

Thanks to millions of vaccinations, California’s economy is open. There are no county tiers, capacity limits, or physical distancing requirements. But we still need some common-sense safety measures until more people are vaccinated.

On this page:

What to do now

COVID-19 has not gone away. To safely go about our daily lives, we need to continue:

  • Vaccinations
  • Masking
  • Testing if you feel sick
  • Other measures to keep ourselves and others safe

Do’s and don’ts for daily life

Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places are open. Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense safety steps in mind.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask where required, in public indoor spaces, and on public transit
  • Follow safety rules for mega-events
  • Get tested if you’re sick
  • Honor mask rules in place at a private business
  • Get tested if required by your workplace
  • Wear a mask when you travel
  • Lose your proof of vaccination
  • Think you can’t get the virus or pass it on because you feel well
  • Assume everyone is vaccinated
  • Expect all COVID-19 rules everywhere to be lifted
  • Travel into the U.S. without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travel if you’re sick

Read the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself and Others.


California has statewide guidelines for wearing masks. Your local area may have more. Check your area’s COVID-19 website.

Masks are still required for everyone in some places, such as:

  • Public transit
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Adult and senior care facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings

In other indoor public settings, masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for everyone. Examples:

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Theaters
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Meetings
  • State and local government offices that serve the public

Read more on our Masks page and CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.


California no longer has a travel advisory in effect. There is no state recommendation to test and quarantine before and after travel.

However, the CDC asks that you do the following:

  • Delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, get tested before and after
  • No matter your vaccination status, wear a mask while on public transportation or in a transportation hub

Get tested if you feel sick and avoid traveling if you have or may have COVID-19.

For more info, see CDC travel guidelines, the CDPH travel flyerPDF, and the Travel page.


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 and Approval

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME.

The Diving Medical Advisory Committee and the European Diving Technical Committee (DMAC/EDTCmed has approved this course at Level 2D - Diving Medicine Physician).

Credit Designation

The UHMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 83 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC credit will also be available from the American Board of Preventive Medicine.


All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by UHMS are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.  Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationship will be made at the activity.

Event Properties

Event Date 10-17-2022 8:00 am
Event End Date 10-27-2022 5:30 pm
Location Marriott San Diego LaJolla

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