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The Vanderbilt Department of Emergency Medicine now offers a one year fellowship in our Accredited Emergency Medicine Services Fellowship. Multiple Vanderbilt EMS Faculty hold medical directorships of Nashville Fire Department, Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Vanderbilt LifeFlight Event Medicine, Nashville SWAT, and Nashville International Airport, making for an incredibly diverse fellowship experience, covering all aspects of prehospital care.



The fellow will be involved with all of these organizations during their fellowship year.  They will act as an assistant medical director for Nashville Fire Department, attending weekly QI meetings, developing and revising protocols, lecturing prehospital providers during quarterly in-service events, and will provide on scene patient care utilizing the physician response vehicle.


The fellow will also have the opportunity to gain experience in Helicopter Emergency Medical Services while working with LifeFlight, one of the premier aeromedical services in the country.  The fellow may participate as an observer or full crew member on flights should they desire more experience in this area.  The fellow will also participate in chart review and protocol development with Vanderbilt LifeFlight and will have the opportunity to gain experience with interfacility transport medical direction with our ground ALS and Critical Care Transport Teams.

Event coverage includes events at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Sounds baseball, Vanderbilt Athletics, concerts at multiple local venues, large mass gathering events such as Iroquois Steeplechase and CMA fest, as well as motor sports events including the NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville Superspeedway and the Music City Grand Prix.


EMS Faculty regularly write articles for JEMS, and the fellow will participate in this as well as original research of his or her choosing, supported by the Research Division of the Department of Emergency Medicine. The fellow will also attend two EMS-related national conferences.  

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Fellows will receive a Vanderbilt faculty appointment and work in the Vanderbilt emergency department as Clinical Instructors. During their scheduled clinical shifts, fellows will function as attending physicians and junior faculty members, supervising and teaching residents and medical students as well as providing clinical care to patients within the emergency department.


Interested candidates should register through the National Resident Match Portal.  The following application documents should be submitted to Jared McKinney (fellowship director) at

  1. Completed Fellowship Application

    • Please download HERE to complete

  2. A headshot photo

    • Attaching photo application or via email is acceptable

  3. Current CV with reference list

  4. 3 letters of recommendation preferably from Emergency Medicine faculty, with one letter of recommendation from your current Residency PD

    • Addressed to: EMS Program Director

  5. A Personal Statement including the reason for pursuing EMS fellowship training

  6. USMLE or COMLEX Scores (official report)

Interested applicants should be graduates of an accredited 3 or 4 year Emergency Medicine residency and have demonstrated interest in prehospital care.

Please refer to the NRMP website for application dates and deadlines.  Applications may be sent via USPS mail or email at the contact information below.

For more information and to learn about the application process, please contact:

Jared McKinney

Fellowship Program Director

Department of Emergency Medicine

Vanderbilt Medical Center

2215 Garland Ave

Light Hall Suite 203

Nashville, TN 37232

Phone: 615-936-0932 

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