EMS Fellowship

Our mission is to develop well-rounded EMS physicians prepared for the full spectrum of EMS medical direction challenges, guided by a deep commitment to their patients, their community, their EMS agencies, and life-long learning. We support this mission through a robust EMS curriculum and a broad variety of leadership opportunities, field experiences, hands-on learning scenarios, and clinical settings.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to prepare a generation of talented EMS physicians to serve as leaders in the world of pre-hospital medicine.  

Program Overview

Established in 2013, University of Florida is one of the first ACGME accredited fellowships. Located in Central Florida and affiliated with one of the largest quaternary care centers in the area, fellows that train here have the advantage of working in a healthcare system that takes care of patients in over 13 surrounding counties. UF is also a level 1 trauma center, a level 1 pediatric trauma center, a comprehensive stroke and STEMI center, and a burn center. Our EMS physicians provide medical direction to 5 major regional transport agencies and more than a dozen non-transport EMS agencies spanning urban, suburban, and rural populations alike. 

Program Aims

  • Train critically thinking EMS physicians who leave our program prepared to thrive as Medical Directors and EMS physicians at community, state, and national levels.
  • Prepare our graduates to lead large organizations, excel at system-level design, and innovate EMS medicine through continuous quality improvement.
  • Equip our graduates to translate complex medical topics into educational content that speaks to medical professionals at all levels of training.
  • Instill a life-long love of EMS and scholarship in pre-hospital medicine!

Curriculum and Fellowship Activities

While the curriculum follows the standards set forth by the ACGME, our faculty is committed to optimizing the fellowship experience for each fellow based on their personal interests and ambitions. As part of the EMS fellowship, fellows act as assistant medical directors for Alachua County Fire Rescue, serving a population of nearly 250,000 people. In addition to this fire-based service, fellows are also exposed to third party systems, non-transport agencies, a university EMS system, and critical care transport through other affiliated agencies. Additionally, fellows are encouraged to take an active role in molding and individualizing the experience by utilizing the multitude of resources available through the UF Health system. Opportunities range from pre-hospital medical education, critical care air transport, tactical EMS, simulation medicine, research, event medicine, among others. 

Other opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching opportunities locally and nationally
  • Critical care air transport with ShandsC​air
  • ClinCon State EMS Conference
  • Mass Gathering Medicine with UF Football
  • Disaster Planning for Leesburg Bike Fest
  • Attendance at NAEMSP medical directors’ course
  • Attendance at one conference of each fellow’s choosing
  • Opportunity to contribute to the NAEMSP blog
  • Tactical EMS with the Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
  • International EMS development
  • Extrication experience
  • Direct medical oversight with a dedicated Physician Response Vehicle
  • Participation in monthly QA activities
  • Participation in paramedic clearance
  • Journal Club

How to Apply

Applicants must be a board-eligible or board certified graduate of an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency.

Please send a current CV and personal statement to:
Chloe Evans
Fellowship Coordinator
evansc@ufl.edu

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Jason Jones, MD
Fellowship Director
1329 16th Ave, Suite 4
Gainesville, Florida 32608
352-265-5911
jasonjones@ufl.edu

Desmond Fitzpatrick, MD
Associate Fellowship Director
1329 16th Ave, Suite 4
Gainesville, Florida 32608
352-265-5911
defitzpatrick@ufl.edu


Our Current Fellows

Bethany J Johnston
Department: MD-EMERGENCY MED-AED

Bethany J Johnston M.D.

EM-EMS Fellow
Phone: (352) 733-1471
Austin C Reed
Department: MD-EMERGENCY MED-AED

Austin C Reed M.D.

EM-EMS Fellow
Phone: (352) 265-5911

Core Faculty

  • Jason Jones, MD
    Fellowship Director
    Medical Director, Alachua County Fire Rescue
    Medical Director, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • Desmond Fitzpatrick, MD
    Associate Fellowship Director
    Medical Director, Lake County EMS
    Medical Director, Sumter County EMS
  • Torben Becker, MD, PhD
    Associate Medical Director, Alachua County Fire Rescue
    Director of Critical Care Division
  • David Meurer, MD
    Medical Director, Shandscair
    Medical Director, Gainesville Fire Rescue

EMS Division Faculty

Peter Alexandrov

Peter Alexandrov M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Alicia Buck

Alicia Buck M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Liam C Holtzman

Liam C Holtzman D.O., FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor And Associate Program Director
Karl W Huesgen

Karl W Huesgen M.D., FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor; Associate Medical Director, ShandsCair
Charles Hwang

Charles Hwang M.D., FACEP, FAEMS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical Director, Levy County Department Of Public Safety
Alison Leung

Alison Leung M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Joel Rowe

Joel Rowe M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor; Associate Medical Director, Lake County EMS
John H Slish

John H Slish M.D., FACEP, EMT-T, TCCC-I, ILO

Medical Director, Tactical Medicine GFR; SWAT Team Physician/Operator, GPD And ACSO; Co-Assistant Medical Director, UF EMS Fellowship; Clinical Assistant Professor