Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services Fellowship Overview

The mission of the Department of Emergency Medicine EMS Fellowship is to develop highly motivated emergency medicine physicians into educators and leaders in the field of pre-hospital medicine and medical direction.  The program allows fellows to train with core faculty who are nationally recognized leaders in EMS and have years of experience in medical direction of both ground and air medical programs.  The EMS fellow will be an integral component in the pre-hospital setting from both a ground and air standpoint.

Facilities

  • Palmetto Health Richland: Level-1 Trauma center serving 16 Counties in the midlands of South Carolina.  Annual census of over 87,000 patients with over 25,000 pediatric patients and over 2100 major trauma patients, one-third of which are from penetrating injuries.
  • Richland County EMS: 30 EMS Ground units transporting over 60,000 patients each year to one of four hospitals in the Columbia metropolitan area and numerous rural locations.
  • 175 EMS personnel
  • Two motorocycles and eight Supervisor "Quick Reponse Vehicles"
  • Rescue boat to facilitate water rescues on Lake Murray, a 75 square mile body of water a few miles from Columbia with over 600 miles of shoreline.
  • 4-wheel ATV to assist with remote wilderness rescue.
  • LIFENET AEROMEDICAL EMS:  Four rotary wing aircraft serving South Carolina.
  • Independent command center responsible for communication and logistics of EMS, Fire, and Police within the metropolitan area.
  • Use of a personal EMS Quick Response Vehicle fully equipped with cardiac monitor, airway equipment, and supplies needed to respond to any emergency.
  • Tactical EMS team, a component of the Richland County Sheriff's Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
  • Wilderness Medicine rotation (September of each year). Opportunity to train and instruct in unique wilderness scenarios.
  • Opportunities for travel with national and international leaders in pre-hospital medicine.

Length of training

The fellowship will be twelve months in length. The start date is negotiable, but will typically begin on or about 1 July of each year.