Skip to content

Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

Apply NowContact Us
The Emergency Medical Services Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year (12-month), ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

Jump to topic

Search

Program Highlights

  • Regular staffing of a dedicated EMS physician response vehicle
  • Critical-care transport experience with hospital-owned air/ground critical-care assets
  • Mass gathering medicine opportunities at Beaver Stadium, Hershey Entertainment Complex and area sporting events
  • Participation with the LionREACH mobile disaster training and evaluation center
  • Exposure to EMS special operations, including tactical, search and rescue and HAZMAT response
  • Experience with the community paramedicine program
  • Access to the Clinical Simulation Center
  • Opportunity to earn a master’s degree in public health or homeland security

Program Details

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services Fellowship is designed to provide physicians with the experience and training in operations, research, education and administration to contribute to EMS systems in a variety of settings.

The fellowship is designed to immerse the fellow in all aspects related to ground and air EMS medicine. The Department of Emergency Medicine has direct oversight of Life Lion Critical Care Transport, Life Lion EMS and several other ground EMS services. The unique geography of the region affords experience and training in both rural and urban settings. Multiple EMS faculty physicians are available to provide mentorship. Experience in medical command, service oversight, field response, EMS research and the many interactions that occur with more than 200 prehospital personnel dedicated to the provision of EMS care are available to candidates.

The fellow will have a clinical faculty appointment through Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited ACGME residency program in Emergency Medicine.

EMS fellows have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in public health or homeland security by adding an optional second year to their fellowship program. These degrees round out the skill set of graduating EMS physicians and assist in their readiness to assume roles in public health and disaster medicine leadership.

Learn More about the Fellowship

Curriculum Expand answer

Fellows will gain clinical experience in various models of EMS services supplying pre-hospital care in the local region. These services include hospital-based, fire-based, military, volunteer, critical-care ground and air transport and blended career and volunteer services that are in urban, suburban and rural areas of southcentral Pennsylvania. Program faculty provide medical direction to all of these service models. In addition, fellows will be involved in education and administrative components of these services.

The primary prehospital services with which fellows work include Life Lion EMS and Life Lion Critical Care Transport.

Clinical resources include a dedicated EMS physician field-response vehicle certified by Pennsylvania as an Advanced Life Support quick-response vehicle. It is equipped with emergency lights/sirens as well as an augmented supply of advanced life support medical equipment and can be used independently for field response by the fellows after adequate training and experience are obtained.

Fellows also provide direct patient care as flight physicians during both on-scene and inter-facility transports. In addition, they provide on-scene medical control at mass gathering medicine events, such as home football games at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium (typical attendance greater than 100,000, with more than 30 EMS crews activated for the event) and other large events, such as concerts at Hersheypark Stadium. These clinical in-field experiences are provided longitudinally over 12 months.

In addition to a robust didactic and hands-on curriculum, fellows gain administrative experience by attending regional and state meetings with the Medical Advisory Committee of the Emergency Health Services Federation (the regional EMS council for southcentral Pennsylvania), the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council and other local EMS councils.

Photo Gallery Expand answer

Students in the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center participate in a variety of experiences. Experience in disaster management is integrated into the fellowship curriculum, and a number of mock/drill exercises, some of which are pictured here, are included.

Note: All photos were taken in 2019 and earlier, before COVID-19 masking requirements were in place.

Joshua Knapp, a 2019 graduate of the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship, is pictured instructing a group of people whose faces are not visible during a 2019 activity. Ambulances are visible in the background.

Trainees in the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship at Penn State Health participate in a mock decontamination exercise. A group of trainees wearing hazmat suits surround a simulated patient on a stretcher.

Penn State College of Medicine EMS Fellowship trainees are seen participating in a mock wilderness medicine training exercise. Trainees are seen standing in the woods, working on a simulated patient.

Penn State College of Medicine EMS Fellowship trainees are seen participating in a mock motor vehicle accident training exercise. Several simulated patients are seen on the ground with trainees around them.

Penn State College of Medicine EMS Fellowship trainees are seen participating in a training activity. One man is seen fastening a protective helmet on another man.

Penn State College of Medicine EMS Fellowship trainees are seen participating in a mock motor vehicle accident training exercise. A person is seen looking into an overturned car, where a mannequin is strapped into a seatbelt.

Joshua Knapp, a 2019 graduate of the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship, is pictured instructing a group of residents in 2019.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Emergency Department participates in a full-scale exercise on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Pictured is a man loading a stretcher into an ambulance.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Emergency Department participates in a full-scale exercise on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Program faculty member Jeffrey Lubin, MD, at left, isseen helping to load a stretcher into an ambulance as other people look on.

EMS Fellowship personnel are seen in front of a Life Lion helicopter in a field during a 2019 EMS Wilderness Day event.

To Apply Expand answer

Applicants must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Emergency Medicine.

To apply, send a CV and letter of interest to:

Francis Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM
Life Lion Division Chief
Director, Emergency Medical Services Fellowship
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr.
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-0850

Email: EMSFellowship@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Faculty Expand answer
Current Fellows Expand answer
Past Fellows Expand answer
About Penn State Health Expand answer

A screenshot shows the 2020 virtual tour of Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

Virtual Tour

A new-for-2020 virtual tour showcases locations across Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

Explore the virtual tour


Penn State Health

Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.

In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:

  • 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
  • 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
  • 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility

Learn more about Penn State Health

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine campus is seen in an aerial photo on a sunny day.

Penn State Children’s Hospital (left), Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (center) and Penn State Cancer Institute (right)

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
  • The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
  • Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
  • Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
  • More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
  • Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
  • Designated as a Magnet hospital three times

Learn more about Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Children’s Hospital

600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
  • Three-floor expansion due to open in 2020
  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
  • Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
  • More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually

Learn more about Penn State Children’s Hospital

About Hershey: Benefits, Stipends and More Expand answer

An aerial image shows downtown Hershey with the words Welcome to Hershey superimposed at right.

Welcome to Hershey

A new-for-2020 guide to the Hershey, Pa., area showcases the highlights of life in central Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the Hershey area


More About Hershey

Interested in learning more about living and working in Hershey, Pa.? See details here:

Wellness Initiatives Expand answer

Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.

Institutional resources

Graduate medical education resources

Contact Us Expand answer

Mailing Address

Department of Emergency Medicine
EMS Fellowship
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr.
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-0850

General Contact Information

Phone: 717-531-8955

Fax: 717-531-4587

Email: EMSFellowship@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Latest News from Emergency Medicine

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.