Thank you for your interest in the University of Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services Fellowship, which is offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine. Now is an exciting time to pursue an EMS career, given the recent recognition of EMS by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a unique subspecialty. Since 1990 our program has graduated 18 EMS fellows, many of whom now serve in EMS, public service and academic leadership roles.
We now offer a one-year ACGME accredited program of mentorship, didactics, and hands-on experience that covers the breadth of clinical, operational, and administrative core content of the specialty of EMS. This program aims to prepare the trainee to pass the Board Exam in EMS when it becomes available and to assume a leadership role in EMS. We offer diverse experiences to provide the practical knowledge to be successful in all areas of prehospital medicine and disaster preparedness. An optional second year is also available, with longitudinal clinical field experiences across both fellowship years and the opportunity to complete a masters degree or certificate program in public health, clinical research, or education.
Our program resources include:
- The Department of Emergency Medicine and its Divisions of EMS and Research.
- The University of Pittsburgh Residency in Emergency Medicine.
- The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety’ Bureaus of EMS, Fire, and Police.
- The Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, including STAT MedEvac air critical care transport service and well-established EMS provider education programs.
- UPMC Prehospital Care, through which we provide medical direction to over 40 EMS agencies in Western Pennsylvania.
- The STAT-MD Communications Center, through which we provide online medical command to ground and air EMS agencies, as well as 17 commercial airlines.
- The University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, including its certificate program in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response.
- Several Tactical EMS programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
If you are not familiar with Pittsburgh, we welcome you to get to know this vibrant city. Once known for its steel industry, Pittsburgh now boasts healthcare, education, and technology as its most prominent industries. It has been common for our residents and fellows to come to Pittsburgh for a great training experience and find a new place to call home. The cost of living and crime rates are low, there are big city amenities, including world-class sports teams and the arts, and we are close to a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, and white water rafting.
The enclosed materials provide additional information about our program. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ronald N. Roth, MD
Chief, Division of EMS
Director, EMS Fellowship