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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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;
training and experience in hyperbaric medicine to ensure high standards of
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.
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.
- MD, DO or
- Board Certified
in a Primary Specialty or similar international standard
- Completed a UHMS
approved 40 hour Introductory Course in Hyperbaric Medicine within the last 8
- 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.
Theme 1 – the history of hyperbaric
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
6 – The indications for HBO therapy
grafts and flaps
Theme 7 – HBO
evidence and the unconventional indications
Theme 8 – Patient
selections and considerations
Theme 9 –
Side-effects and contra-indications
Theme 10 –
Theme 11 - The regulation of HBO therapy
book documenting 240 hours and must include 20 individual patient examinations
and skills which include:
- Placement of
transcutaneous oximetry probes
and reporting of transcutaneous oximetry
- Performance of a
- 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
measurements of lower limbs
- Management of oxygen toxicity
- Loss of chamber pressure/over-pressurization
- Cardiac arrest
- Fire drills
- Hypoglycemia/loss of consciousness
- Barotrauma (ears/sinuses)
program duration is flexible however the time period can be 4 months to 1 year.
Certificate Duration: 10
the re-certification examination
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:
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
completion of the UHMS Hyperbaric
Physician program Level.
- 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 is flexible however the time period can be 6 months to 1.5
academic BScMedSci (Honors) degree – Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South
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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
- 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
- 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
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
• ACLS – advanced cardiac
• Completion of a
UHMS-approved 40-hour introductory course in HBO2 medicine within the past
• How are these hours completed if I work full time as a wound
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
- Physiology and Medicine of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Neuman & Thom. Publisher: Sanders, 1st edition
- 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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