Emergency Medical Services Fellowship Program Didactics

Over the course of our one-year fellowship program, fellows will experience a curriculum through a variety of didactics, practicum, seminars, computer-based training, and asynchronous learning. These provide the building blocks for a career focused in emergency medical services.


We hold formal lectures and discussions on specific topics weekly. Didactics include a critical analysis of current EMS literature. The quarterly literature review provides a clinical analysis of EMS articles from the  American Board of Emergency Medicine Lifelong Learning Self-Assessment.


Practicum reinforce and enhance knowledge introduced in the didactic program. Multidisciplinary practical experiences are held at various clinical rotation sites, including:

During these weekly sessions, EMS medical directors mentor fellows on the practical application of physician EMS practice as it relates to EMS agency operations. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Patient care
  • Quality assurance
  • Case review
  • Morbidity and mortality
  • Root cause analysis
  • Protocol development
  • Provider credentialing
  • Safety initiatives
  • EMS agency program development
  • Research
  • Activities related to medical oversight


Our multidisciplinary seminars expose fellows to novel concepts and cutting-edge approaches to prehospital care. These programs come from sources both internal and external to UT Southwestern. Some offerings include:

Computer-Based Training

Our computer-based training programs have been nationally and internally vetted and offer a basic introduction to core topics on the web. The previously listed didactics reinforce and expand upon this basic knowledge.

The offerings are:

  • IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System
  • IS-200.b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700.a: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  • IS-800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • IS-230.d: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • IS-3: Radiological Emergency Management
  • IS-5.a: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
  • IS-346: An Orientation to Hazardous Materials for Medical Personnel
  • IS-809: Emergency Support Function #9-Search and Rescue

Asynchronous Learning

Asynchronous learning programs, including assigned readings of book chapters, texts, white papers, and resource documents, encourage independent education and the advancement of EMS practice.