Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship

One-year ACGME-accredited program

Advanced Hyperbaric Training in New Multiplace Chamber

About Our Program

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Since opening our first hyperbaric chamber in 1964, Hennepin County Medical Center has pioneered the field of undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Fellows in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine continue this tradition of excellence with forward-thinking clinical training in the treatment of both chronic and emergency conditions. Fellows practice in our new state-of-the art Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, which opened in 2012 within the main hospital, and work with faculty who are ABMS board-certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric, and Emergency Medicine.

Our fellowship program is ACGME accredited. The HCMC Center for Hyperbaric Medicine is one of only 60 programs in the U.S. accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (accredited with distinction in 2010). We accept candidates who are graduates of ACGME-accredited residencies in Emergency Medicine.

What sets us apart

  • Pioneering program.  HCMC has provided hyperbaric oxygen treatment without interruption since 1964. In addition to providing more than 3,000 treatments annually, faculty and fellows demonstrate their commitment to hyperbaric medicine by publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, conducting independent and collaborative research, educating other healthcare providers, and working with the media to raise public awareness of the benefits of hyperbaric medicine.
  • State-of-the-art facility.  Fellows train in our custom-designed Fink multiplace chamber, housed in our new Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, which opened in 2012. All three locks are equipped for critical care and research, utilizing the latest systems and technology. Our new street-level location within the main HCMC facility provides easy access to the emergency department, ICUs, labs, pharmacy, and other services.
  • Diverse clinical experience.  Treatment volumes have grown rapidly in the past decade, with growth expected to continue. Fellows will gain experience with all Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) accepted conditions including diabetic ulcers, radiation injuries, non-healing wounds, and acute traumatic ischemia. Fellows work hands-on with patients, providing wound care and managing critically ill patients as they undergo hyperbaric therapy.
  • Emergency treatments. HCMC operates Minnesota’s only 24/7 emergency hyperbaric treatment service. Our staff provide consultation services to HCMC’s emergency physicians, and treat more than 100 emergency cases each year. Fellows gain ample experience managing critically ill patients as they undergo hyperbaric oxygen treatments for carbon monoxide poisoning, arterial gas embolisms, and life-threatening soft tissue infections.
  • Collaborative environment.  As an academic institution, HCMC maintains a long tradition of cooperative, non-hierarchical teamwork that leads to low anxiety and great patient care. Fellows work side-by-side with colleagues from numerous disciplines, and participate in all aspects of the program’s technical, clinical, research, and teaching activities. Physicians who are board-certified in both Emergency and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine supervise the program.

About Our Facility

The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine is conveniently located within the main HCMC campus in downtown Minneapolis. HCMC provides in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, and numerous specialty clinics—all within a single facility that spans five city blocks.

HCMC handles cases at all levels of severity, including day-to-day emergencies and disaster response. We also provide the entire spectrum of care for injured patients, from pre-hospital care and transport through rehabilitation.

Center for Hyperbaric Medicine:

  • Established in 1964—one of the first in the nation
  • New 10,000 square foot facility opened in 2012
  • State-of-the-art, 48-foot multiplace Fink hyperbaric chamber
  • Three independently controlled treatment locks
  • Capacity for up to 23 seated patients or five in ICU beds
  • Advanced monitoring, communication, environmental control, and gas delivery systems
  • Customized software to record minute-by-minute treatment profiles
  • Available 24/7 for emergency treatments
  • Designed to admit maximum natural light
  • Dedicated examination and procedural rooms
  • Reception and waiting areas for patients and families
Mary Hirschboeck, Residency Coordinator

Mary Hirschboeck

Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-5645
Email: mary.hirschboeck@hcmed.org

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The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship at HCMC is ACGME accredited.