EMS Fellowship
UF Emergency Medicine


Overview of Program

Established in 2013, our EMS program was one of the first ACGME accredited fellowships at the University of Florida. 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.

Mission and Vision

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.

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

Goals and Purpose

  • 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!

Eligibility

This program accepts two fellows each academic year. Residency training in Emergency Medicine must be from an ACGME accredited program and completed by the time of matriculation. Applicants must be a board-eligible or board certified. This program does not accept J-1 Visa applicants at this time. Once a letter of offer is extended, employment will be contingent on a positive result from a criminal background screening, procurement/maintenance of a Florida Medical License and ability to meet requirements for appointment as a Faculty member.


Key Curriculum Themes

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

Clinical Responsibility

The fellows in this program are appointed as resident housestaff in the Department of Emergency Medicine. They have a core clinical commitment of 480 hours working as Attending Physicians in one of the four UF Health Gainesville Emergency Departments over the course of their fellowship year. Options for additional hours with extra pay available.


Salary and Benefits

2022-2023 Housestaff Annual Stipends

PGY 4 – $64,577.00

PGY 5 – $67,271.00

PGY 6 – $70,060.00

PGY 7+ – $72,682.00

Benefits

Generous stipend for academic enhancement and conference attendance/presentations.

GatorBites meal program.

Four weeks of paid vacation.

Fellows are employed by the University of Florida College of Medicine and are considered to be PGY4-7+ housestaff for salary and benefit purposes. Please see the Housestaff Benefits webpage for more information on insurance, retirement plan, leave policy, malpractice insurance, and additional services included.

Ample moonlighting opportunities within the UF Health system at the Main ED, Pediatric ED and two freestanding EDs (Springhill and Kanapaha) for additional income, all covered by malpractice insurance and sovereign immunity.


Application Process

This fellowship program participates in the NRMP Match. Applications should be submitted directly to the fellowship program coordinator using their email information below. Applications should include three letters of recommendation (one from the resident program director if currently a resident), the applicant’s CV and a personal statement (not to exceed one page). Any other questions regarding applying should be directed to our fellowship program coordinator below.

Applications may only be submitted between August 1, 2022, and October 15, 2022; and Match Day will happen on November 16, 2022.


Program Faculty and Staff

Program Director

Jason M Jones

Jason M Jones M.D., FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor; EMS Fellowship Director; Academic Chief, EMS Division; Medical Director, Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR)

Core Program Faculty

Torben K Becker

Torben K Becker M.D., Ph.D., RDMS, FAWM, FAEMS

Associate Professor, Chief – Division Of Critical Care Medicine, Director – Global Health Programs, Program Director – Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Associate Program Director – EMS Fellowship, Director – Prehospital Research
David A Meurer

David A Meurer M.D., FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor; Medical Director, ShandsCair Adult/Peds Team

Other EMS Faculty

Peter Alexandrov

Peter Alexandrov M.D., M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor; Associate Medical Director, ShandsCair
Alicia Buck

Alicia Buck M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor; Co-Medical Director, Lake County EMS
Joshua D Gordon

Joshua D Gordon M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Liam C Holtzman

Liam C Holtzman D.O., FACEP

Clinical Assistant Professor And Associate Program Director
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; Medical Director, Gilchrist County Fire Rescue; Co-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

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Zach Frey

Zach Frey

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: (352) 733-1473

Graduated, Current, and Incoming Fellows

  • 2013-2014
    Karl Huesgen, MD (now: University of Missouri Director of EMS Education)
    Jason Jones, MD (now: University of Florida EMS Program Director)
  • 2014-2015
    Desmond Fitzpatrick, MD (now: Orange County Office of EMS)
    Joel Rowe, MD (now: University of Florida EMS Faculty)
  • 2015-2016
    Jessica Gershen, MD (now: Halifax Health)
    Matthew Tice, MD (now: Georgia Outpatient Services PC)
  • 2016-2017
    Benjamin Abo, DO (now: Florida State University EMS Faculty)
    Charles Hwang, MD (now: University of Florida EMS Faculty)
  • 2017-2018
    Torben Becker, MD, PhD (now: University of Florida EMS Core Faculty)
    Ideen Zeinali, MD (now: Dallas Baylor University Medical Center)
  • 2018-2019
    Peter Alexandrov, MD (now: University of Florida EMS Faculty)
    Joshua Gordon, MD (now: University of Florida EMS Faculty)
  • 2019-2020
    Alicia Buck, MD (now: University of Florida EMS Faculty)
    Alison Leung, MD (now: University of Florida EMS Faculty)
  • 2020-2021
    Bethany Johnston, MD (now: Summa Health)
    Austin Reed, MD (now: Ocala Regional Medical Center)
  • 2021-2022
    Lauren Fisher, MD (now: St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center)
    Chanteil Ulatowski, MD (now: Southeast Emergency Physicians with Bravera Health)
  • 2022-2023
Graham C Clifford

Graham C Clifford D.O.

EMS Fellow 2022-23
Daniyal I Siddiqui

Daniyal I Siddiqui M.D.

EMS Fellow 2022-23