Emergency Medical Services Fellowship


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program and medical subspecialty that involves prehospital emergency patient care, including initial patient stabilization, treatment, and transport to hospitals in specially equipped ambulances or helicopters. The purpose of EMS subspecialty certification is to standardize physician training and qualifications for EMS practice, improve patient safety and enhance the quality of emergency medical care provided to patients in the prehospital environment, and facilitate further integration of prehospital patient treatment into the continuum of patient care. 

Application Process

Please submit your CV, letter of interest, and 3 Letters of Recommendation (One from the Program Director and at least one from EMS Faculty) to: 
Maria Alfonsomalfonso@stanford.edu

Important Dates:
Submit application by September 30th
Decision made by November 15th


  • As Directed by ABEM
  • Residency program completion
  • Background and interest in EMS, education, research and administration


The Stanford Emergency Medical Services fellowship is a one year fellowship with the opportunity to do a second year with a focus in Disaster.  After the first year you will be Board Eligible for the Emergency Medical Services subspecialty board exam.  If you choose to do the second year of fellowship, the fellow will have a more intensive training in Disaster Medicine and have time to earn an advanced degree.  Emergency Medical Services is becoming an increasingly important part of the health care system. An Institute of Medicine report released in June 2006 highlighted the need for strong leadership to make the system more effective. The EMS fellowship aims to train these leaders by giving them a broad knowledge base and allowing time for additional efforts in areas of interest.

EMS has many facets, all of which can be explored through our close contact with our many faculty, providers, and agencies. Browsing through our website will give you a good idea of the breadth and depth of our division which the fellow will interact with regularly.  This list is by no means a comprehensive one and only represents some of the many opportunities for our fellows.  By the end of the year, the fellow will have a competency in clinical aspects in EMS, medical oversight of EMS, quality management and research, and special operations.

Clinical Activities

The Emergency Medical Services Fellow’'s salary is covered by working in the Stanford Emergency Department with a Stanford University appointment as a Clinical Instructor; providing attending physician care in Stanford’'s Emergency Department (ED). Stanford Hospital is part of a world renowned medical center and home to a Level I trauma center with aero-medical transport. Additionally, fellows will provide attending physician coverage in the Stanford/Lucile Packard Pediatric ED which is contiguous with the adult ED. The diverse, high acuity patient populations at Stanford and Lucile Packard challenge fellows to continue mastering their clinical skills. The expected work obligation is 16 hours per week in the ED.


Through a dedicated EMS fellowship curriculum including didactic time, field practice, quality improvement activities, flight time, and a variety of other EMS activities, fellows gain experience in the provision of prehospital care for a variety of acutely ill and injured patients. Additionally, with the expertise of our faculty, we are able to offer not only an outstanding core EMS fellowship experience, but also other niche EMS faculty support in the areas of: Wilderness Medicine, HAZMAT, Tactical and Military Medicine, Pediatric EMS, Disaster planning/response, Mass Gatherings, and student EMS.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Gregory Gilbert, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Medical Director, Stanford Life Flight
Co-Director, EMS Fellowship
E-Mail: Gregory Gilbert

Colin Bucks, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Co-Director, EMS Fellowship
E-Mail: Colin Bucks

Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Suite 350, 900 Welch Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
t: (650) 498-5220
f: (650) 723-0121