Month: August 2014

Coming Soon: Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting and Special Diver’s Day Pre-Course

Join us September 11-13, 2014 for a unique and dynamic 2 1/2 day CME/CEU accredited event that will give you the tools you need to create an exceptional practice in diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care.

The upcoming Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is taking place this year in beautiful and relaxing Delray Beach, Florida. The UHMS considers the Gulf Coast Chapter Region the states from NC south to FL and west to NM. We would love for you to join us in sunny Florida!

Your local UHMS chapter meeting is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest leaders in the fields of diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. You will leave with all the education you need to take your clinical practice to the next level of success. Now through September 3rd save $50 off your registration! Register www.UHMS.org/event/GCC14

At the Gulf Coast Chapter meeting, industry pioneers will lead the charge, offering insight and education on the following:

  • Case Studies in Wound Healing and Updates in Wound Care
  • Updates in the Treatment of Radiation Injuries
  • A Panel Discussion on Updates in Vessel Pressure Testing, Equipment, and Regulations
  • A Novel Wound Scoring System
  • A special pre-course Diver’s Day on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 11 focused on the latest developments in dive medicine and practical applications for divers.
  • And a whole lot more!!!

The mouthwatering lecture schedule is online at https://uhms.site-ym.com/?GCC_schedule

As we are flying in leading experts from all over the U.S., we can guarantee there will be something to appeal to every practitioner hungry for more knowledge.

Take advantage of the special savings now through September 3rd and save $50 off your registration!

WAYS TO REGISTER

Online: www.UHMS.org/event/GCC14

Phone: +1-919-490-5140/877-533-8467

Email: uhms@uhms.org

Pacific Coast boasts the “most scientifically-based CME program of all the UHMS Chapters”

Are you looking for a high-quality, convenient, applicable CME/CEU course in undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care?

Join us this month (August 22-23, 2014) for a unique and dynamic two-day CME/CEU accredited event that will give you the tools you need to create an exceptional practice in diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care.

“The UHMS Pacific Chapter is comprised of some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of dive and hyperbaric medicine. In addition to its outstanding members, the Pacific Chapter also boasts the world’s most ideal climate and administers CMEs that have been scientifically proven to supersede those of any other UHMS chapter. This year the UHMS Pacific Chapter meeting will be held in Newport Beach, CA, which is in close proximity to several attractions that clinicians, families, and tourists alike can enjoy.” – Walter Chin, President-Elect, UHMS Pacific Coast Chapter

Your local UHMS chapter meeting is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest leaders in the fields of diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. You will leave with all the education you need to take your clinical practice to the next level of success. Register today for the best price (and save)!

Industry pioneers will lead the charge, offering insight and education on the following:

  • Industry trends
  • Practice models and wound scoring
  • Multiplace hyperbaric chamber reviews
  • Case reviews
  • And a special Diver’s Day on Saturday focused on the latest developments in dive medicine and practical applications for divers.

The mouthwatering lecture schedule is online at http://pacificuhms.org/Schedule-40-PACUHMS.htm

During the two-day meeting, nineteen different talks, panel discussions, and case reviews will cover many aspects of diving medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. Topics will include medications in the hyperbaric chamber, caring for a carbon monoxide poisoned patient, public safety diving in the La Brea Tar Pits, treatment of DCS, and in-water recompression. As we are flying in leading experts from all over the U.S., we can guarantee there will be something to appeal to every practitioner hungry for more knowledge. Click to see the full conference schedule and speaker bios here.

The price of registration for the Pacific Coast Chapter meeting includes access to hyperbaric medicine and wound care lectures, a Diver’s Day of educational lectures, and an exhibition with some of the industry’s top manufacturers of equipment, products, and services.

Set aside these dates and join us!

Catch the early bird pricing available only through August 4th and save $100 off the price of registration! Refer a friend or colleague and save even more!

When: August 22-23, 2014

Where: Marriott Newport Beach in Newport Beach, California

Click for Registration Details

New Leadership Brings Renewed Energy to the Society

John Peters, MBA, FACHE was selected for and agreed to assume the position of Executive Director of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) in April of this year (2014). He officially assumed the leadership role on July 1, 2014.

In the words of John J. Feldmeier, D.O., FACRO, FUHM and President of the UHMS at the time of John’s selection, “John is a young man but well known for his accomplishments and expertise in  business and hyperbaric medicine. He has committed to a 150% effort to the position. I believe that we will have his services as Executive Director for years to come and with this stability and the skill sets he brings, we will best be able to face the challenges to hyperbaric medicine anticipated in the next several years to come.”

At the Society’s business meeting, which was held at the Annual Meeting this past June (2014), retiring Executive Director Dr. Peter Bennett reported that while the UHMS is healthy financially, there will be many challenges in front of us that require better positioning of the Society. He noted several future planning points that he, Mr. Peters, and the BOD had laid out for accomplishing these goals. While the Society acknowledges the challenges, Mr. Peters expressed, “I am excited about change. For an entrepreneur, change means opportunity, and I see lots of opportunity.”

LOOKING AT THE CHALLENGES AHEAD

What issues take precedence for the new Executive Director? In John Peters’ own words, “With so many issues at our doorstep, it becomes critical to prioritize which ones have immediate, mid-, and long-term impact. We have national issues, of course, like regulatory and payment concerns, but the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is an international organization with a diverse constituency, and often, our ’local’ issues run into conflict with the needs of our international mission. Over the next period, we will seek balance and involvement of all of our constituents here in the United States and abroad. One thing is sure: We need everyone working together. We have a wonderful opportunity to focus on a global data-gathering process for indication validation and new indication research. Based on the number of research papers being submitted to the UHM Journal, we are nearing 60 percent of those being international (i.e., outside the United States). This speaks volumes as to where the research is happening. This approach will help support our U.S.-based payment issues as well as similar issues in Canada, the UK, and Australia.John Peters, Executive Director, UHMSAs far as future initiatives, look for a focus on value. This includes increasing member benefits; the implementation of a new, robust online CME program; improving communication and assistance on CAQ requirements; and more. In addition, the BOD has sanctioned the creation of a stakeholder’s advisory panel with the aim of facilitating productive communication within the industry and work toward common goals. All these actions are geared around the Society growing its position as a the pre-eminent global organization for education, research, and science in hyperbaric and undersea medicine, and maintaining its 501(c)(3) status. Please join the Society and your fellow colleagues at the Chapter Meeting taking place in your region and at the Annual Scientific Meeting—the next one will be in Montreal in 2015.”

THE TEAM’S FUTURE

Mr. Peters is working closely every day with the Board of Directors and the Society President, Dr. Jim Holm. In Holm’s words, “There is no question that things are changing. The rapid growth in hyperbaric medicine practice in the United States and worldwide has not gone unnoticed. We are being constantly evaluated by our medical peers and by the payers (government, insurance companies, and patients). We need to provide high-quality and appropriate care for our patients and have this provided by ethical and educated providers. We must have much-needed scientific endeavors to provide a basis for our specialty, and we must provide the ongoing spectrum of training required for providers and their teams. We must also embrace and support the members of our community from around the world, in both undersea medicine and hyperbaric medicine. We realize the many needs of our members to have support for regulatory and reimbursement issues, but we must recognize our limitations as a non-profit 501(c)(3) medical society. Rest assured that we will be working with various stakeholders in industry, politics, and education to work for the common good. Despite these uncertainties, I am confident that our new leadership and team members will prevail. I invite all of you to become more active in the Society and to recruit at least one new member within the year. Welcome to Team UHMS. I can’t say we can fix everything, but we will listen.”