To provide leadership, consultation and training in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine (UHM) – spearheading research, education, and medical practice in operational and clinical arenas during conflict or peace.
To maintain a premier training platform that provides robust exposure to emergency, routine clinical and military operational dive and hyperbaric medicine, producing high caliber board certified hyperbaric medicine physicians.
The majority of the fellowship year consists of clinical time spent in the BAMC Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic. The Clinic has been accredited with Distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. The center has two hyperbaric chambers available for patient care. A six-person Fink multiplace chamber provides primary treatment capabilities for patient care. A Perry Sigma Plus monoplace chamber provides additional scheduling flexibility, and provider experience. Patients are primarily DoD and VA beneficiaries. They are referred for care from Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, BAMC, the Institute of Surgical Research, the Center for the Intrepid, and the Audie Murphy VA Hospital. Additionally, some civilian patients are managed through the BAMC Trauma and Burn programs. There is a significant population of diabetic wounds, radiation injuries, and osteomyelitis; however, nearly all UHMS approved diagnoses are encountered during the year. The clinic provides greater than 200 new patient evaluations and 3000 hyperbaric treatments annually.
A 2-week clinical rotation is provided at the David Grant Medical Center (Travis AFB, CA) Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic, providing exposure to the largest clinical hyperbaric chamber in the DoD. Additionally, the following formal courses are provided:
The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine (UHM) service provides consultation, evaluation, and treatment of diving and altitude related disorders, such as decompression sickness. Such disorders arise from unpressurized flight, altitude chambers and underwater diving. The UHM service takes calls worldwide regarding decompression sickness and provides evaluation and treatment of regional military decompression sickness. Additionally the staff provide in-chamber pressure tests for multi-service military divers. Finally, the fellow annually attends the US Navy Recognition and Treatment of Diving Casualties course to receive an introduction to military diving operations.
Active duty Air Force applicants should contact the Program Director/Associate Program Director to express their interest in fellowship training and to schedule an interview. Active duty Army and Navy applicants should also contact their service-specific specialty leader to determine eligibility for application and availability of training allocations.
Applicants must follow service specific guidance for application and submit application along with all supporting documentation by submission deadline in MODS.
Phone: (210) 539-8011
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship Program
Brooke Army Medical Center
3551 Roger Brooke Dr.
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200