Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management Fellowship
The Disaster Medicine & Emergency Management Fellowship offered through UMass Medical School in conjunction with UMass Memorial Medical Center, accepts up to three fellows per year. The program is designed to train future leaders in disaster medicine and emergency management. UMass Memorial Medical Center has a robust Emergency Management program with several ongoing initiatives: Emergency Management Committee; Exercises and drills; Disaster course planning (including the simulation center); and Community / Regional participation. We have a strong academic foundation that includes teaching, research and grant/funding opportunities. Our fellowship offers a unique approach to developing a career in Disaster Medicine. We recognize that the difference between emergency medicine in normal day-to-day circumstances and emergency medicine in special circumstances like mass casualty incidents is more than a just a matter of degrees. With exposure to hospital-based Emergency Management as well as involvement in local, state regional and federal disaster planning and management, UMass is uniquely positioned to provide fellows with the experience they need. UMass fellowship trainees will receive the specific training and experience in disaster preparedness they need to be specialists in this emerging field, in clinical, academic and / or administrative roles.
There are several different options for prospective fellows:
- US trained emergency medicine residents: 1 and 2 year fellowship options. Fellows completing the one year program are expected to complete a FEMA Professional Development Series certification program. Fellows completing the two year program are expected to work towards a master’s degree of their choice (MPH, MA, MS) during their fellowship. The master’s degree will allow the fellow to further enhance their knowledge base as well as provide them with additional credentials. Each fellow will participate in a research project exploring some aspect of disaster medicine, emergency management and/or public health. Applicants will be accepted from board-eligible/certified graduates of ACGME-accredited EM Residencies. As a fellow at UMass you also function as junior faculty and as such are required to be fully licensed by the Board of Registration in Massachusetts. One of the eligibility requirements for that is to have taken and passed all three steps of the USMLE. You also need 3 years of formal US, ACGME accredited EM Residency Training, as a UMass requirement.
- International track of the DM fellowship: 1 and 2 year fellowship options. The UMass Disaster Medicine & Emergency Management Fellowship has recently expanded to allow international candidates to apply. International candidates will experience the same fellowship as all other fellows, except cannot participate in clinical ER patient care under most circumstances (this will be evaluated on a case by case basis and depends on the candidates ability to get a US medical license and treat ER patients).
- Combined EMS/DM 2 year fellowship: This unique sequentially combined fellowship allows the candidate to complete an ACGME-accrediated EMS fellowship (and therefore be eligible to take the EMS board certification exam) and then complete a 1-year disaster medicine fellowship. Fellows are expected to work towards a master’s degree of their choice (MPH, MA, MS) during their fellowship. Applicants will be accepted from board-eligible/certified graduates of ACGME-accredited EM Residencies.
Disaster Site: http://umassdisastermedicinefellowship.com
For further information please contact:
Jeffrey Abbott, Student and Fellowship Coordinator
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Emergency Medicine
55 Lake Avenue North, LA-211
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: (508) 421-5522
Fax: (508) 334-7411