The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM) admits to its Fellowship only those clinicians whose professional activity is dedicated to the practice of hyperbaric medicine and research and who agree to abide by the professional and ethical standards of the ACHM.
The applicant must meet the following criteria:
1. Be an active or emeritus member of the ACHM for two continuous years immediately prior to election
2. Certification in hyperbaric medicine at the time of election by the American Board of Wound Healing, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Preventive Medicine, or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine
3. Hold a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in his or her state with no pending action which could jeopardize this status
4. Achieved board certification (MD or DO) in his or her primary specialty
5. Provide a written letter of recommendation preferably from an ACHM Officer or current Fellow of the ACHM. If this is not possible, please submit a letter of recommendation from your medical director or another physician colleague.
6. Have an active practice in Hyperbaric Medicine defined a majority of his or her duties dedicated to hyperbaric medicine practice, teaching or research
7. Be in good standing with her/her medical institution
8. Meet three (3) or more of the following criteria:
a. Service to the ACHM as an elected Officer;
b. Active clinical practice of hyperbaric medicine with a minimum of 25% of his or her practice dedicated to hyperbarics;
c. Member of the ACHM Executive Committee or designated ACHM working committee;
d. Active involvement in the formal teaching of hyperbaric medicine in wound care to physicians, nurses, medical students, out-of- hospital care personnel, or the public;
e. Active involvement in hyperbaric medicine administration or departmental affairs;
f. Active involvement (beyond holding membership) in voluntary health organizations, organized medical societies, or voluntary community health planning activities or service as an elected or appointed public official;
g. Active involvement in hospital affairs, such as medical staff committees, as attested by the Hospital Medical Staff Office;
h. Active involvement in research in hyperbaric medicine;
i. Reviewer, editor or listed author of a published scientific article or reference material in the field of hyperbaric medicine or wound care in a recognized journal or book;
j. Active involvement in committees/chapters of the UHMS, or comparable international hyperbaric society;
k. Active interest in advancing the science of hyperbaric medicine through participation in local, regional and national meetings and societies as well as promoting the practice of evidence-based medicine through research protocols and registries.
Provision of documentation of the satisfaction of the above criteria is the responsibility of the candidate and determination of the satisfaction of these criteria shall be by the Executive Committee of ACHM or its designee. Fellows shall be authorized to use the letters FACHM in conjunction with professional activities. Fees, procedures for election, and reasons for termination of Fellows shall be determined by the Board of Directors.