Military Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Fellowship
EMS is the newest board certified subspecialty within the field of emergency medicine. EMS fellowship training adds additional knowledge and skills that enable physicians to perform all aspects of EMS medical direction, focusing on continuous quality improvement, education of paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and research in EMS. In addition, military fellowship training allows a focused opportunity for research as it applies to the continuity of illness or injury from battlefield to inpatient care. The fellowship currently is accredited for 4 fellows and selects from a triservice applicant pool of highly competitive candidates.
While ACGME only accredits EMS fellowship programs for one year, the military has a unique mission and this fellowship is done in two years to further the fellows’ education as a leader in battlefield medicine. The first year of the fellowship is the ACGME-accredited year. The fellowship takes advantage of a great relationship with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), which allows the fellows during their first year to function as an assistant medical directors for the City of San Antonio Fire Department. In this year there are additionally exposures to a third service EMS model (Schertz EMS), helicopter EMS, tactical EMS, and many opportunities for research collaboration with our civilian partners.
The second year of the fellowship focuses on military unique curriculum and solidifies the fellow’s place as a future leader in their respective services’ medical corps. During this year the fellow will conduct research with the US Army Institute Of Surgical Research (USAISR), Joint Trauma System (JTS), or other military and civilian research organizations focusing on prehospital care.
The fellowship is fortunate to be a part of the Department of Emergency Medicine at San Antonio Military Medical Center, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) only Level 1 trauma center in the continental US and the site of the DoD’s largest Emergency Medicine Residency program. The fellow will serve as teaching faculty for the SAUSHEC Emergency Medicine Residency Program and will be required to work clinical shifts in the emergency department training residents and allied personnel.