Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship


Cheryl D. Adkinson MD FACEP, Program Director

Mary Hirschboeck, Administrative Coordinator

Program Description

The clinical site for the ACGME Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship is Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis Minnesota. HCMC is a university affiliated, 467 bed, public, tertiary care, teaching facility in a large metropolitan area, dedicated to clinical care, teaching and research. It is a Level I Trauma Center and hosts residencies in all major specialties as well as subspecialty units for Burn, Transplant, Cardiology, CV surgery, Head Injury, Dialysis, Sleep Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. The ED annual census is >100,000 and overall acuity is high.

The Hyperbaric Medicine Division is administratively within the Department of Emergency Medicine which is recognized as having one of the leading Emergency Medicine residency programs in the US. The Hyperbaric Medicine service provides 24/7 emergency consultation and treatment to patients from the entire state of Minnesota and weekday consultation and treatment for non emergency patients. HCMC has the only hyperbaric service in the state that accepts emergencies.

HCMC has been involved in research in hyperbaric medicine and patient treatment since 1964, when our 3 multiplace chamber facility was built. The facility was accredited by UHMS in 2007 and re-accredited With Distinction in 2010. The first hyperbaric medicine fellow graduated in 2001. The ACGME fellowship was accredited in 2008 and was re-accredited for 5 years in 2011.

The very exciting news is that we have a brand new 3 lock Fink rectangular multiplace chamber system, which opened in July 2012. All three locks are equipped for state-of-the-art critical care and research. The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine is located on the street level of the main hospital building, close to the ED and ICUs, and adjacent to a podiatry wound clinic. We have two dedicated exam rooms and two procedure rooms equipped for minor surgery in the suite. Our custom designed critical care capable monoplace chamber is also located in the center.

The fellowship is open to graduates of an ACGME certified residency in Emergency Medicine. The fellow will be involved in all aspects of the technical, clinical, research and teaching activities of the program, under the supervision of physicians who are board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.