Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

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
  • special operations 

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


Clinical Experience

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.