The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program that prepares fellows for subspecialty board certification in pre-hospital care. The Stanford EMS fellowship is a one-year program but offers an optional second year in the focus of the candidates choice, subject to the approval of the fellowship director. Such foci may include but are not limited to disaster medicine, EMS research or wilderness medicine.
The purpose of EMS subspecialty certification is to:
standardize physician training and qualifications for EMS practice
improve patient safety
enhance the quality of emergency medical care education to pre-hospital care providers
further integrate prehospital patient treatment into the continuum of care
By the end of the fellowship, the fellow will have a competency in:
clinical aspects in EMS
medical oversight of EMS
quality management and research
At the conclusion of one year, fellows are Board Eligible for the Emergency Medical Services subspecialty board exam.
Our goal is to train future leaders by providing a broad knowledge base and allowing time for additional efforts in areas of interest. Fellows benefit from the opportunity to explore different facets of EMS through close contact with our many faculty, providers, and agencies.
Affiliations: The EMS division provides medical oversight to numerous agencies in the area and is affiliated with the following organizations:
Stanford Life Flight
San Jose Fire Department
Santa Clara County Fire Department
Palo Alto Fire Department
Mountain View Fire Department
Santa Clara (city) Fire Department
Milpitas Fire Department
Gilroy Fire Department
Morgan City Fire Department
South Santa Clara Fire Protection District
The County of Santa Clara EMS Agency
Imperial County EMS Agency
Yosemite National Park
NASA/ Ames Research Center Fire Department
The Emergency Medical Directors Association of California
The California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
The Metropolitan Municipalities EMS Medical Directors Alliance (“Eagles”)
California Paramedic Foundation
EMS fellows do not work as faculty in the Stanford emergency departments but have the opportunity to “moonlight” in several local ED’s. Historically this has been seen as a valuable experience for the fellows, but it is not required. Fellows may also work as a PGY-5 in the Stanford ED to fulfill ACGME clinical experience requirements.
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:
Tactical and Military Medicine
Marc Gautreau, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAEMS profile | email Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director of Pre-Hospital Care
Associate Fellowship Director
William Mulkerin, MD profile | email Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
As Directed by ABEM
Residency program completion
Background and interest in EMS, education, research and administration
Must be eligible for an unrestricted CA medical license
This fellowship uses the NRMP Match for application. Please review the NRMP website for details and deadlines.
To apply for the 2024-2025 EMS fellowship, please send your CV, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to Michael Vernon.