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UHMS CERTIFICATION OF ADDED QUALIFICATION (CAQ)

HYPERBARIC PHYSICIAN CERTIFICATION


UNDERSEA & HYPERBARIC MEDICAL SOCIETY (UHMS)

in cooperation with Stellenbosch University

Hyperbaric Physician and Graduate Hyperbaric Physician Degree Program

 
**ONLY FOR MD/DO OR EQUIVALENT**


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PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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The strength of this program is the international nature of the program, the convenience of on-line accessibility, and the resultant certification of added qualification (CAQ) and the ability to continue to the Graduate Hyperbaric Level of study and a University academic degree.  The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society is the oldest, internationally recognized hyperbaric medical society in the United States and the UHMS endorsement of this program elevates it to a new standard for hyperbaric medicine.

The UHMS supports such  levels of training in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine in order to provide:

1.   Enhanced training to a larger number of physicians beyond that of introductory courses to meet the demand for  high quality clinical hyperbaric medicine care;

2.     Supervised training and experience in hyperbaric medicine to ensure high standards of clinical practice;

3.    Physicians with greater training who are able to effectively consult with more experienced and Board Certified hyperbaric physicians when encountering emergency, complex or critically ill patients.


HYPERBARIC PHYSICIAN:

This is an internationally approved and recognized certification endorsed by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).  Successful completion of the program (web based and clinical experience with a final examination) allows recognition and distinction as Hyperbaric Physician of the UHMS or HPUHMS with a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Hyperbaric Medicine.  

Application Requirements

  • MD, DO or equivalent.     

  • Board Certified in a Primary Specialty or similar international standard
  • ACLS certified
  • Completed a UHMS approved 40 hour Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine within the last 8 years

Examination Requirements

  • Complete modules 1 and 2 of the internationally approved web-based program;
  • Complete 240 hours of hyperbaric supervised treatment to include at least 20 individual patient examinations and skills as outlined in a specific UHMS log book;
  • Pass the final examination based on modules 1 and 2 web based program.

Curriculum Content

            Theme 1 – the history of hyperbaric therapy

            Theme 2 – The physics of HBO therapy

            Theme 3 – Physiology I:  Pulmonary gas exchange & oxygenation

            Theme 4 – Physiology II:  Pressure effects

            Theme 5 – Physiology III:  Wound healing

            Theme 6 – The indications for HBO therapy

                        Gas embolism

                        Carbon monoxide poisoning

                        Acute traumatic ischemias

                        Decompression sickness

                        Arterial insufficiencies

                        Selected problem wounds

                        Severe anemia

                        Intracranial abscess

                        Necrotizing soft-tissue infections

                        Persistent osteomyelitis

                        Delayed radiation injury

                        Compromised grafts and flaps

                        Acute thermal burns

                        Sudden deafness

                        Neuroblastoma

                        Gas gangrene

Theme 7 – HBO evidence and the unconventional indications

Theme 8 – Patient selections and considerations

Theme 9 – Side-effects and contra-indications

Theme 10 – Hyperbaric chambers

Theme 11 - The regulation of HBO therapy

Clinical Practicum

Log book documenting 240 hours and must include 20 individual patient examinations and skills which include:

  • Placement of transcutaneous oximetry probes
  • Interpretation and reporting of transcutaneous oximetry
  • Performance of a myringotomy
  • Connection of lines through the chamber hull ( penetrations)
  • Connection of ventilator associated with the chamber
  • Perform a risk assessment of the facility and write up a full report
  • Doppler measurements of lower limbs

·        Emergency drills

-       Management of oxygen toxicity

-       Loss of chamber pressure/over-pressurization of chamber

-       Cardiac arrest

-       Fire drills

-       Pneumothorax

-       Hypoglycemia/loss of consciousness

-       Barotrauma (ears/sinuses)

-       Bronchospasm

Program Duration

The program duration is flexible however the time period can be 4 months to 1 year.

Certificate Duration:             10 years

Recertification:    Pass the re-certification examination

The HPUHMS is designed as an internationally validated and accepted standard for physicians practicing in hyperbaric medicine who do not qualify for the ABPM or ABEM Board examinations in the USA.  The HPUHMS Physician Certification in Hyperbaric Medicine does require similar standards of knowledge and clinical skills as a hyperbaric fellowship, and, is applicable for mid-career physicians who are unable to complete a one year Hyperbaric Fellowship as a pre-requisite for the Board examinations.

 

GRADUATE HYPERBARIC PHYSICIAN:

 

Completion of the Hyperbaric Physician also results in eligibility for the UHMS endorsed Graduate Hyperbaric Physician web-based program by Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.  This internationally approved qualification leads to a full, academic BScMedSci (Honors) degree.

Application Requirements

  • Successful completion of the UHMS Hyperbaric Physician program Level.
  • Examination Requirements
  • Complete modules 3 and 4 of the internationally approved web-based program;
  • Complete an approved course in research methodology or an approved comparable course;
  • Complete a research project publishable in a peer reviewed journal;
  • Complete an additional 240 hours of supervised hyperbaric treatment to include at least 20 individual patient examinations and skills as outlined in the log book;
  • Pass the final Stellenbosch final examinations (three 3-hour written examinations)
  • Pass the 30 minute oral examination

Program Duration

The program duration is flexible however the time period can be 6 months to 1.5 years.

Completion Documentation

Full, academic BScMedSci (Honors) degree – Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa



 
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Completion of the Hyperbaric Physician Program leads to a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) from the UHMS. It also leads to the opportunity to move into the Graduate Hyperbaric Physician Program and an academic degree from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.


Required Levels of Previous Training for the Hyperbaric Physician Level


  • M.D./D.O. or equivalent
  • Board certification in a primary specialty
  • ACLS – advanced cardiac life support
  • Completion of a UHMS-approved 40-hour introductory course in HBO2 medicine within the past eight (8) years

Web-based Program Requirements

  • Completion of UHMS international program web-based Modules 1 & 2
  • Documented 240 hours of hyperbaric treatment supervision to include at least 20 individual patient examinations and skills, as outlined in the program log book
  • Passing the examination of the international web-based training program for Modules 1 & 2

Registration/Enrollment Process

  • Complete required personal information
  • Provide documentation as required
  • Provide payment:
    • Current UHMS Member: $2,000 (members must log in)
    • Non-Members: $2,500.

 Notification by email will be provided after registration has been received.


 

FAQs — Hyperbaric Physician Certification

 

Do I have to live in the United States to take part in this program?

No, since the program is web-based modules (reading from prescribed texts and periodic online assessments), the only requirement is access to a computer.

How long will this program take me to finish and be recognized as a Hyperbaric Physician?

This portion of the program will take a minimum of 4 – 6 months. However this time frame can vary due to the amount of time the participant puts into the program.  You have as much time as you need to complete it.

What are the enrollment criteria besides being a physician?

Required levels of previous training for the Hyperbaric Physician Level

• M.D./D.O. or equivalent

• Board certification in a primary specialty

• ACLS – advanced cardiac life support

• Completion of a UHMS-approved 40-hour introductory course in HBO2 medicine within the past eight years

How are these hours completed if I work full time as a wound care/hyperbaric physician?

There are 240 hours of hyperbaric treatment supervision which include at least 20 individual patient examinations and skills as outlined in a program log book. The clinical portion can be done at any hyperbaric facility that has a supervising Board Certified or Graduate Hyperbaric physician who can sign

your log book. The log book will be provided by the UHMS.  If the chamber does not provide all the required skills, then arrangements will have to be made with another facility.  The UHMS is currently working to establish a list of chambers in the United States which would be available to provide this aspect.

Are there required textbooks for this program?

Yes, there are 2 prescribed text books:

  • Physiology and Medicine of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Neuman & Thom. Publisher: Sanders, 1st edition (June 2005)
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indication, 12th ed. Gesell, LB. Publisher: UHMS

               The UHMS will provide the indications book, and the student must purchase Neuman & Thom.

Can I enroll in the program if I am not a UHMS member?

Yes, you can still enroll. However, the fee for non-members is higher.

Are there any required lectures, and if so, where can I attend?

For the participants enrolling in the UHMS Hyperbaric Physician Program, if the enrollment criteria are met, then there are no other required lectures.

Is CME credit offered for participation in this program?  

No CME credit is offered. Completion of the Hyperbaric Physician Program leads to a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) from the UHMS. It also leads to the opportunity to move into the Graduate Hyperbaric Physician Program and an academic degree from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.

Do I have to travel to Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa to complete the final examinations?

No, the final examination is administered via a web-based mechanism.

If I complete this program, does it mean that I am "Board-eligible” ?

No, you would not be Board-eligible.  Currently this course is viewed as an intermediate step; the goal of the UHMS is to one day have it recognized as making someone board-eligible.

For which physicians is this program intended?

The most frequent participants are practicing physicians, especially those who are practicing HBO2 therapy but are not Board-certified and want further educational recognition in the specialty. The ease of working from a computer to complete this education is a great benefit, because the physician can keep practicing while working on the modules.  It is especially valid for mid-career physicians who are  unable to complete a year of hyperbaric Fellowship, which is  the prerequisite for ABPM or ABEM Board examinations.

 


 

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