EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship

To Apply:

Please contact the fellowship director:

Christopher Kahn, MD, MPH
UCSD Medical Center
200 W. Arbor Dr. #8676
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-6463

Jeremy Nocon
Education Coordinator
(619) 471-0370


The UCSD EMS Fellowship is designed to provide emergency medicine physicians licensed in the US the opportunity to be educated and trained in the administrative, medical oversight and field aspects of EMS systems. Individuals successfully completing our one-year ACGME accredited fellowship will obtain sufficient didactic and practical knowledge to work and excel as a medical director of an EMS agency, an EMS researcher, or an Emergency Department-based EMS specialist. Our program became accredited effective July 1, 2013.

The UCSD EMS Fellowship is a 12-month fellowship that includes all required components of an accredited EMS program, including field care delivery, administrative oversight, administrative and academic projects, offline and online medical direction, and disaster medicine. We partner with agencies including the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, County of San Diego EMS, Mercy Air, and AMR to ensure a sufficiently broad experience coupled with strong expertise.

The UCSD Division of EMS is active in several ongoing research and community projects, including two of California's Community Paramedicine Pilot Programs, continuous involvement in quality improvement and quality assurance activities for the region, policy development, geographic information systems, custodial medicine issues such as restraints and TASER use, leading-edge informatics and health information exchange, and comprehensive care management for particularly vulnerable EMS users. Division faculty serve as medical directors for:


  • City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
  • City of Chula Vista Fire Department
  • City of Carlsbad Fire Department
  • Mercy Air
  • AviaMedix
  • Rural/Metro Southwest Division
  • Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4

EMT/Paramedic Colleges

  • Palomar
  • San Diego Fire-Rescue Paramedic Training Program

Our faculty also serve on the editorial boards of journals such as Prehospital Emergency Care, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the Journal of Emergency Medicine, the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, as well as directing EMS social media efforts such as podcasting for the National Association of EMS Physicians.

In addition, Division of EMS faculty serve as invited participants and subject matter experts for local, regional, and national interests including consulting groups, task forces of official bodies such as the National Association of EMS Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS, and the National Quality Forum. UCSD is one of ten participating clinical sites across the US and Canada in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, which has been operating with bi-national support for over ten years.


At the completion of the fellowship, the EMS fellow will: 

  • Develop the knowledge base and skills necessary to be an active participant in the EMS community. 
  • Develop a knowledge base in disaster medicine. 
  • Possess the administrative skills needed to provide medical direction for a: 
    • Prehospital provider agency 
    • EMT or paramedic training institute 
    • Local EMS agency 
  • Develop requisite academic skills to be an effective researcher and teacher in EMS. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Fellowship recruitment timeline?

Recruitment for the following academic year opens in May and applications will be accepted through mid October. Interviews will be scheduled with candidates starting in July and will run through the end of October. Offers will be extended by November 15th.

What is the duration of the Fellowship?

The EMS Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME accredited program.

How many fellows will be accepted?

We generally offer a slot for 1 candidate per year of the fellowship. On rare occasions, a second slot may be available.

What are the requirements for eligibility?

Prior to entry into the program, the fellow must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency or an RCPSC-accredited residency located in Canada, excluding transitional year programs.  Although the primary training site is UC San Diego Health, rotations are also offered at Rady Children’s Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Does the fellowship program accept international applicants?

International medical graduates are eligible to apply to the EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship if they are US Board eligible in emergency medicine and graduated from an ACGME accredited residency program. For more information about the application process for international medical graduates, click here.