Adventures in Marine and Environmental Medicine Live Webinar CME Events

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18 hours of AMA PRA Category 1TM CME!

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Taught by adventure medicine leaders with decades of education and operational medicine experience

Approved for WMS FAWM Credit!
Approved for 18 hours of LLSA/Maintenance of Certification by ABPM

Thank you to our enthusiastic students and our fantastic faculty


  • Date: Upcoming dates have not been scheduled at this time, please check back
  • Time: 8-5:30 PM (US Eastern Standard Time)
  • Cost: $475
  • $200 single-day registration option available
  • Webinar: All content for this date will be delivered by live webinar (link will be sent via email following registration)


  • Safety at sea
  • Diving physiology
  • Response to a diving accident
  • Emergency assistance planning
  • Pre-participation considerations
  • Tools for travel medicine planning
  • Environment-specific medical kits
  • Performing a recreational scuba diving physical
  • Drowning
  • Diving injuries
  • Marine hazards
  • Lightning strikes
  • Emergency communication
  • Hypothermia, hyperthermia
  • Field-expedient injury treatment

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James Fike, MD, FACP

Founder, Fike Global Health

Dr. Jim Fike is a consultant in global health, working in travel and tropical medicine, and healthcare technologies in the humanitarian assistance and disaster response environments. He is a retired USAF Colonel and has planned or led medical missions in 85 countries on 5 continents. Dr. Fike is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University.

Chuck Hawley

Safety at Sea Expert

Chuck is a lifelong sailor, with over 40,000 sea miles on a variety of boats.  He is a nationally-recognized marine safety speaker with extensive experience in crew overboard recovery and life raft design.  He served as the Vice President of Product Information for West Marine for nearly 40 years.  Chuck has been instrumental in advancing US Sailing’s Safety at Sea curriculum. Chuck has taught maritime safety topics at WMS’ MedSail for many years as well.  He has investigated major sailing accidents internationally.

Valerie Lou, MD, MPH, DiMM

Assistant Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Rochester

Dr. Valerie Lou is a board-certified Emergency Medicine (EM) physician and clinical faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).  She completed her medical degree at UC San Diego, and her residency, Masters in Public Health, and International EM Fellowship at URMC.  She completed a Diploma of Mountain Medicine in 2019 with the Wilderness Medical Society​.  She is a former Denali park ranger, certified yoga instructor, and mother of two.  She is an avid maritime enthusiast with a special interest in climate change and human health.  Currently she holds the position of assistant program director for the URMC EM residency and is a regional leader in the field of wilderness medicine.

Heather Porst, MMSc, MBA, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Pacific University

Heather Porst is a Physician Assistant (PA) with significant experience in remote and wilderness medicine, emergency medicine and point-of-care ultrasound.  She has spent two seasons providing healthcare in Antarctica, and four months sailing around the world as faculty and providing healthcare with Semester at Sea.  Heather also spent three years as a volunteer PA for Colorado’s Disaster Management Assistance Team.  She is a NAUI scuba diving instructor, whitewater rafting guide, and currently serves as Assistant Professor for the PA program at Pacific University in Oregon. 

Michael Jackson, MS, NREMT-P, FAWM, DiMM

Mr. Mike Jackson is a retired Special Forces Medical Sergeant with 27 years of military service. During his several years serving as an infantryman, he deployed to numerous countries to include Somalia during Operation Restore Hope.  After completing training as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, he was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where his duties as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant included Senior Medical Sergeant, Intelligence Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant.  He participated in numerous operations and pre-mission training events throughout Southwest Asia.  He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management and a Diploma in Mountain Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Wilderness Medical Society. He is featured as the medic on The Weather Channel series – SOS: How to Survive.

Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH, FAWM, DiMM, DiDMM

Founder, Kinetic Adventure Medical Education

Dr. Cheryl Lowry has planned, led, and/or provided medical care for operations on all seven continents. She has served as an Associate Program Director for the Aerospace Medicine Residency at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine and as the Aerospace Medicine Residency Program Director at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She currently serves as the Deputy Director at the Center for Polar Medicine at UTMB. She holds a Diploma in Mountain Medicine and a Diploma in Diving and Marine Medicine from the Wilderness Medical Society. She is a PADI Scuba Instructor, an ASA Sailing Instructor, and a USCG Captain.

Brian Pinkston, MD, MPH, FAWM, DiMM, DiDMM

Founder, Kinetic Adventure Medical Education

Dr. Brian Pinkston has worked on all seven continents. He recently returned from deployment to Antarctica in December 2019. He has served as adjunct faculty for the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Wright State University, University of Utah, and Embry Riddle University. He has served as a full-time Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He holds a Diploma in Mountain Medicine and a Diploma in Diving and Marine Medicine from the Wilderness Medical Society. He is a PADI Scuba Instructor, an ASA Sailing Instructor, and a USCG Captain.

Designation Statement: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity  for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and Kinetic Adventure Medical Education. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physician Assistants, dentists, EMTs, registered nurses, and other allied health professionals may be able to convert these CME units through contact with their state or national board education or licensure office.

Full Disclosure Statement: All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Kinetic Adventure Medical Education are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity.

UHMS Disclaimer: The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only. The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed, however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), its affiliates or its employees.

 This course has been approved for Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. Actual credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history. 

Recognition and initial treatment of diving injuries
Multi-sport risks and planning
Emergency response to accidents.


Drs. Pinkston and Lowry have each somehow accumulated 3 lifetimes worth of experience and knowledge into 1… maybe they discovered the Fountain of Youth on one of their adventures? The fact that they can be so fun and genuinely caring while doing all of this is inspiring. Today feels like that moment right after you land from skydiving when you want to immediately skydive again, so they wait by the landing area with signup sheets. …So where do I sign to do this all again…? 

The course was packed with information, but it was easy to remember since we were constantly applying it in exhilarating ways. Even the lectures occurring entirely within the confines of a classroom were interactive, engaging, and fun. Dr. Pinkston and Dr. Lowry are exceptional educators, and their enthusiasm for the material is contagious!