Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship
Please contact the fellowship director:
Pete Witucki, M.D.
UCSD Medical Center
200 W. Arbor Dr. #8676
San Diego, CA 92103
The UCSD Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship is designed to provide emergency medicine physicians licensed in the US the opportunity to be educated and trained in the theory and practice of diving and hyperbaric medicine. Individuals successfully completing the one-year ACGME accredited fellowship should obtain sufficient didactic and practical knowledge to work efficiently and competently in a hyperbaric clinical and research environment and to act in a supervisory capacity of a hyperbaric chamber.
The UCSD Fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine is a 12 month fellowship that incorporates training in all aspects of hyperbaric and diving medicine. Each fellow spends 6 months at UCSD on the hyperbaric medicine service, 2 months at Paradise Valley Hospital at the Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center, 2 weeks at Long Beach Memorial Hyperbaric Center for monoplace chamber experience, 2 months of dedicated research time, 2 weeks at the UHMS/NOAA Dive Physicians Training course, and 4 weeks of vacation. The program is designed to train 2 fellows annually; there are at least 5 hours per week of planned educational experiences and the fellows participate in formal didactic teaching programs and teach undersea and hyperbaric medicine to medical students, residents, and community organizations. The fellowship program is closely associated with UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
The UCSD hyperbaric chamber is a large multiplace chamber at UCSD Medical Center that is capable of treating the full range of conditions amenable to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The staff is on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. UCSD Medical Center has a full service clinical laboratory and radiologic services including digital x-rays, CAT scan, MRI, and ultrasound available 24 hours per day. There is a 20-bed SICU, 13-bed CCU, 6-bed MICU, 8-bed burn unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and a step down intermediate care unit, in additional to telemetry and floor beds. Full outpatient facilities are available at UCSD including clinics in orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, and wound clinic. The UCSD Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center serves as the outpatient clinic for our Diving Medicine Clinic; our fellows perform fitness to dive evaluations for commercial and scientific divers, as well as sport divers for clearance to dive or diving problems. The San Diego Regional Poison Center is located at UCSD Medical Center and provides 24-hour on-call services for carbon monoxide poisoning.
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