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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Trainees in the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship at Penn State Health participate in a mock decontamination exercise. A trainee is pictured wearing a hazmat suit.

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.

Penn State College of Medicine EMS Fellowship trainees are seen participating in a mock motor vehicle accident training exercise. Two people in firefighter-type gear are seen standing by a wrecked vehicle.

The Life Lion EMS helicopter is pictured at sunset as it prepares to land at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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

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

Jeffrey S. Lubin, MD, MPH
Vice Chair and Prehospital Division Chief
EMS Fellowship Director
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr.
P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-0850

Email: EMSFellowship@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

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About Hershey: Benefits, Stipends and More Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Two banners depicting cartoon candy characters are seen on a light pole in downtown Hershey, PA, in summer 2016, with a brick building with large glass windows in the background.

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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

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