Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

EMS Fellows will be involved in all aspects of EMS and out-of-hospital care. Graduates will gain the knowledge and skill set required to become an independent EMS Physician including:

  • Competent provision of medical direction to all types of EMS agencies
  • Oversight and administration of EMS educational programs
  • Caring for critically ill and injured patients in transport and austere environments
  • Critically evaluate literature and apply evidence based medicine to prehospital patient management
  • Design and perform quality prehospital research

The VCU EMS Fellowship is a 1-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The Fellow will receive a faculty appointment as a clinical instructor in Emergency Medicine, performing an average of 60 clinical hours per month at VCU Medical Center. VCU is a busy tertiary referral center with comprehensive cardiac and stroke care and is the only comprehensive Level I trauma center in Virginia verified in adult, pediatric, and burn trauma care. Salary and benefits will be highly competitive with similar fellowship programs.


VCU Health and the Richmond metropolitan area have much to offer in creating a unique experience for EMS fellows. The EMS Division offers education led by 3 EMS board certified physicians with decades of experience in EMS and medical direction as well as EM physicians who are international leaders in cardiovascular research, ultrasound, and toxicology.VCU faculty members provide medical direction for the City of Richmond and the Counties of Henrico and Chesterfield which encompass much of the metropolitan area. This includes public utility model, fire-based, and volunteer EMS agencies. These agencies are the primary 911 responders to a population base of over 1 million people in urban, suburban, and rural areas. In addition to their 911 response, community paramedicine, tactical EMS, and mass gathering coverage opportunities are abundant throughout these programs.

VCU LifeEvac provides critical care transport services by helicopter and ground ambulance. Two aircraft respond to both scene and interfacility transports for adult and pediatric patients. All medical direction and staffing for LifeEvac is provided by VCU Health. VCU also provides medical direction and nurse staffing for the Virginia State Police Med-Flight I Aviation Unit which provides medical evacuation, search and rescue, and law enforcement to the region.


VCU faculty serve in numerous EMS leadership positions at the local, state and national level including NAEMSP, AMPA, and the State EMS Advisory Board. Locally, faculty serve on multiple committees within the Old Dominion Emergency Medical Service Alliance, the regional EMS council for 31 municipalities counties in Central Virginia. EMS Fellowship faculty also have an excellent working relationship with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management which oversee EMS and disaster activities in the Commonwealth.


For inquires and information about application to the VCU EMS Fellowship, please contact:

Jeffery Ferguson, MD, FACEP, NRP
Associate Professor
EMS Fellowship Director