EMS Fellowship Program Overview

The University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine offers an ACGME accredited EMS fellowship.  At the completion of this fellowship, graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide prehospital clinical care in a variety of settings. Fellows will be eligible to sit for their EMS board certification exam as outlined by the ABEM. Additionally, the fellows work as attending physicians in the emergency department not only to maintain and develop their skills post-residency but allow them to become leaders in the field of emergency medicine and EMS.

Fellowship Training

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fellows will have the benefit of training in a regional system of EMS care that provides a diverse patient population and response environment. Their clinical experience will include time spent at the following locations:

  • Banner - University Medical Center Tucson Base Hospital:  Through clinical practice at the largest base hospital in southern Arizona, fellows will be able to monitor and respond to requests for online medical direction and provide other administrative support for EMS issues in the system.
  • Northwest Fire District (NWFD):  Through clinical practice with NWFD, the largest fire district in the state, fellows will respond to a wide variety of urban and suburban calls throughout the Tucson Metropolitan area. Fellows will respond with the EMS supervisor on shift for high-acuity or high-risk calls.
  • Rio Rico Fire District (RRFD):  Through a rotation with this outstanding rural agency fellows experience rural EMS operations, long-distance transports, community paramedicine, and a treat & refer program.
  • LifeNet:  Through a rotation with LifeNet (Air Methods Corporation) fellows are able to participate in helicopter-based primary scene responses and inter-facility transport.
  • Tucson Fire Department (TFD):  TFD provides medical dispatch services for all of the Tucson Metropolitan area and an ideal opportunity to gain experience in the utilization of EMD services.
  • University Emergency Medical Services:  Work with undergraduate students from the University of Arizona to provide BLS first response for 911 calls on the University campus.
  • Sports Medicine:  EMS fellows will rotate with the sports medicine faculty to provide sideline medical care for sporting events in the Tucson region.
  • Administrative Experience through participation in regional and state committees.

Completion of Training

Upon completion of this subspecialty training, fellows will have the fundamental clinical knowledge and skills necessary to practice medicine in the prehospital and other austere environments. This training program will allow quality fellows to sit for the EMS subspecialty board exam offered by the ACGME.

-- Number of Fellows per year: 1-3
-- Length of Fellowship: 1 year

-- PGY-4 based salary with benefits

Joshua Gaither, MD
EMS Fellowship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
P.O. Box 245057
Tucson, AZ 85724-5057