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EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship

Mercy Air helicopter on landing pad


The UCSD EMS Fellowship is designed to provide emergency medicine physicians licensed in the US the opportunity to be educated and trained in the administrative, medical oversight and field aspects of EMS systems. Individuals successfully completing our one-year ACGME accredited fellowship will obtain sufficient didactic and practical knowledge to work and excel as a medical director of an EMS agency, an EMS researcher, or an Emergency Department-based EMS specialist. Our program became accredited effective July 1, 2013. 

The UCSD EMS Fellowship is a 12-month fellowship that includes all required components of an accredited EMS program, including field care delivery, administrative oversight, administrative and academic projects, offline and online medical direction, and disaster medicine. We partner with agencies including the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, County of San Diego EMS, Mercy Air, AMR, and the Children's Hospital Emergency Transport (CHET) team to ensure a sufficiently broad experience coupled with strong expertise. 

The UCSD EMS fellowship participates in a monthly digital California EMS fellowship consortium that includes journal club, EMS run reviews, core content presentations, and board style review. Our UCSD EMS fellowship hosts and edits the quarterly California EMS fellowship podcast which involves an EMS fellow's deeper dive into core EMS content and a topical EMS lecture and Q&A with a guest expert. 

The UCSD Division of EMS/Disaster is active in several ongoing research and community projects, including two of California's Community Paramedicine Pilot Programs, continuous involvement in quality improvement and quality assurance activities for the region, policy development, geographic information systems, cross-border collaborative projects, disaster triage research, custodial medicine issues such as restraints and TASER use, leading-edge informatics and health information exchange, and comprehensive care management for particularly vulnerable EMS users.

Division faculty serve as medical directors for:


  • City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
  • City of Chula Vista Fire Department
  • North Dispatch Joint Powers Authority (15 EMS agencies)
  • Mercy Air
  • AviaMedix
  • Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4
  • National Park Services (Cabrillo National Monument)

EMT/Paramedic Colleges

  • Palomar
  • San Diego Fire-Rescue Paramedic Training Program


  • Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego
  • UCSD Hillcrest Base Medical Director
  • El Centro Regional Medical Center Base Hospital Medical Director

Our faculty also serve on the editorial boards of journals such as Prehospital Emergency Care, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Emergency Medicine, the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, as well as directing EMS social media efforts such as podcasting for the National Association of EMS Physicians. 

In addition, Division of EMS/Disaster faculty serve as invited participants and subject matter experts for local, regional, national, and international interests including consulting groups, task forces of official bodies such as the National Association of EMS Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS, the National Quality Forum, and the Emergency Medical Services for Children. UCSD was one of ten participating clinical sites across the US and Canada in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, which operated with bi-national support for over ten years before program conclusion, and is enthusiastically active in other regional and national research programs.


At the completion of the fellowship, the EMS fellow will: 

  • Develop the knowledge base and skills necessary to be an active participant in the EMS community. 
  • Develop a knowledge base in disaster medicine. 
  • Possess the administrative skills needed to provide medical direction for a: 
    • Prehospital provider agency 
    • EMT or paramedic training institute 
    • Local EMS agency 
  • Develop requisite academic skills to be an effective researcher and teacher in EMS. 

Program Leadership

EMS Faculty

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fellowship recruitment timeline?

The application deadline is Friday, September 11, 2020. Tentative online interviews will be October 1st and October 6th. Please see the below dates regarding the ERAS Match: 

  • Match Opens: 8/19/2020
  • Rank Order List Opens: 9/16/2020
  • Rank Order List Deadline: 11/4/2020
  • Match Day: 11/18/2020

NRMP Deadline for EM

What are the submission guidelines?

  1. Register on the NRMP website:
  2. Email your CV and a personal statement to the EMS Fellowship Program Administrator, Mae Malong at
  3. Submit 3 letters of recommendations to Mae Malong as well. One letter must be from your residency program director. 

What is the duration of the Fellowship?

The EMS Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME accredited program.

How many fellows will be accepted?

We generally offer a slot for 1 candidate per year of the fellowship. On rare occasions, a second slot may be available.

What are the requirements for eligibility?

Prior to entry into the program, the fellow must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency or an RCPSC-accredited residency located in Canada, excluding transitional year programs.  Although the primary training site is UC San Diego Health, rotations are also offered at Rady Children’s Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Does the fellowship program accept international applicants?

International medical graduates are eligible to apply to the EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship if they are US Board eligible in emergency medicine and graduated from an ACGME accredited residency program. For more information about the application process for international medical graduates, click here.