Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship

To Apply:

Please contact :

Pete Witucki, M.D.
Program Director
UCSD Medical Center
200 W. Arbor Dr. #8676
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-6230
pwitucki@ucsd.edu

Jeremy Nocon
Education Coordinator
(619) 471-0370
jnocon@ucsd.edu

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.

Overview

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.

Program Leadership

Hyperbaric Attending Staff


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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Fellowship recruitment timeline?

Recruitment for the following academic year opens in May and applications will be accepted through end of business day on August 26th. Interviews will be scheduled with candidates starting in July and will run through the end of October. The Clinical Informatics Faculty will make their final candidate selections by the end of January.​

What is the Duration of the Fellowship?

The ACGME requires a 2 year fellowship.

How many fellows will be accepted?

We expect to be able to offer slots for 2 candidates per year of the fellowship.

What are the requirements for eligibility?

Fellows must be board-eligible in any clinical specialty. Although the primary training site is UC San Diego Health, rotations are also offered at Rady Children’s Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, Western Health Institute, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Does the fellowship program accept international applicants?

International medical graduates are eligible to apply to the Clinical Informatics Fellowship if they are US Board eligible in their primary specialty. For more information about the application process for international medical graduates, click here.

I am interested in the UCSD biomedical informatics MS program. Can I do both?

Where the fellowship offers a 2 year full-time experience in applied clinical informatics, the academic MS program is a 2 year full-time program designed for individuals who wish to undertake in-depth study of biomedical informatics with research. It is not feasible to combine the programs. Fellows will have exposure to the BMI students and faculty through seminars and an annual retreat, and fellowship faculty collaborate with MS students on a project basis. However, we recommend that applicants select the program which best fits their career goals, and leadership of both programs are available to discuss the options in more detail.