The Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) Fellowship at Morristown Medical Center is a one-year program for residents looking for additional clinical and academic opportunities. We accept eight residents each year, and the program is based on the core content developed by the American Board of Emergency Medicine EMS Subspecialty Task Force. The fellowship covers academics, clinical practice and administration to help develop a physician’s critical thinking skills and promote his or her advancement. Most of our faculty members are fellowship-trained or board-certified in multiple specialties, including toxicology, EMS, ultrasound, hyperbarics, pediatrics and internal medicine.
Weekly discussions of current literature, frequent lectures and daily interaction with residents and medical students are key. Ample time for research is provided. Fellows are mentored by faculty members with extensive experience in academic research and publication.
To help future EMS physicians understand the principles and culture of pre-hospital medicine, we offer courses in incident command systems (
); chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (
); and hazardous materials (
), among others. Fellows also participate in the hospital’s disaster preparedness team, managing a physician-response program and a vehicle with specialty equipment. Morristown Medical is designated as a
Level I Regional Trauma Center
by the American College of Surgeons and a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The hospital’s department of emergency medicine is home to the base station for the mobile intensive care unit (
). Here, state-certified paramedics and registered nurses provide pre-hospital care via voice communication and electrocardiography (
) telemetry. The MICU and department of emergency medicine are actively involved in joint educational and research activities. Fellows spend one month in the third year as a member of the MICU team.
Physicians who complete EMS fellowships typically become medical directors of large EMS systems, so an understanding of EMS administration is essential. Atlantic Ambulance Corporation, a division of Atlantic Health System, operates basic and advanced emergency response units, as well as basic and specialty care transport units. Fellows are involved on a day-to-day basis with the managers and medical directors of the corporation to gain a comprehensive understanding of how EMS systems interact in the real world of community and specialty care hospitals.