Division of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine - Education
The Division has received initial accreditation for a one-year ACGME-Accredited EMS Fellowship, the first in northeast Ohio.
The Division oversees the mandatory prehospital medicine experience for the residency. Residents will have a multitude of experiences in all aspects of prehospital care, operational medicine, disaster preparedness, and hospital emergency management. One unique aspect is a longitudinal EMS experience. PGY-1 residents will have one ride-along with surrounding EMS agencies during the orientation month to gain perspective of the unique challenges for prehospital medical care in the field. Throughout the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, residents will have the opportunity to continue to ride with surrounding EMS agencies or they can spend time on the UH Ground Critical Care Team or UH MedEvac, our air medical service. Flying is not required. Residents will be credentialed to provide on-line medical direction for Cleveland EMS and local EMS agencies. In addition to the longitudinal experience, residents will be required to complete a dedicated rotation in EMS (combined with Administration) during the PGY-3 year, which will include opportunities to participate in quality assurance, quality improvement, and continuing medical education for prehospital providers. During this rotation, residents will also learn about the unique considerations for operational medicine as well as the basic fundamentals of hospital emergency management. Those residents with a special interest in EMS can become an assistant medical director for one of the local EMS agencies if desired. Throughout the residency, participation in special operations activities, disaster preparedness drills, and event medicine are possible as they become available. All residents will also have the opportunity to provide medical care to spectators at First Energy Stadium, Home of The Cleveland Browns.