Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship

One-year ACGME-accredited program

Providing Hyperbaric treatment since 1964

State-of-the-art Fink multiplace chamber

10,000 square foot Hyperbaric Medicine Center

Minnesota’s only 24/7 Emergency Hyperbaric Oxygen facility

ABMS board-certified faculty in Undersea and Hyperbaric, and Emergency Medicine

Over 4,400 treatments and consults annually

About the Program

About Our Program

Advanced Hyperbaric Training in Multiplace Chamber
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 state-of-the-art Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, which opened in 2012 within the 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 the only programs in the U.S. accredited with distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

About the Hyperbaric Chamber

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, a 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
  • 10,000 square foot facility opened in 2012
  • State-of-the-art, 48-foot Fink multiplace 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

Application Requirements

Your application must include:

  • Verification of completion of residency
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • License to practice medicine in the U.S.
  • Letter of recommendation from residency director
  • Two letters of recommendation from current colleagues, including one from your residency program


  1. Submission: Submit your application by mail directly to our administrative coordinator.
  2. Interviews: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. We will make every attempt to schedule interviews convenient to the applicant. Please contact us with any questions.
Patients in the Hyperbaric Chamber


"The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship has an incredible team of attending physicians, nurses, and techs that helped me have one of the best years of education in my career.  The program utilizes a multi-place chamber that allowed me to see a wide variety of patients, from critically ill to stable outpatients.  By the end of the year, I was confident in all areas of emergent and outpatient Hyperbarics. I also learned how to function as part of a limb salvage program, performed a wide variety of diagnostic procedures, managed dive-related injuries and wound care.”

What Sets Us Apart?

Pioneering program.

In addition to providing more than nearly 4,000 treatments annually, faculty and fellows publish peer-reviewed journal articles, conduct research, educate other providers, and work 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 Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, which opened in 2012. All three locks are equipped with critical care and research, utilizing the latest systems and technology.

Diverse clinical experience.

Fellows will gain experience with all Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society accepted conditions including diabetic ulcers, radiation injuries, non-healing wounds, and acute traumatic ischemia.

Emergency treatments.

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.

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.


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Mary Hirschboeck

Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-5645
Email[email protected]

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