Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

One year, ACGME-accredited program accepting ABEM/AOBEM Emergency Medicine residency graduates

Diverse Field Experiences to Train Tomorrow’s EMS Leaders

About Our Program

Program Highlights EMS Fellowship GraphicThe Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center combines best-of-breed clinical, administrative, and field experience in both urban and suburban EMS environments. Fellows take an active, hands-on role in HCMC’s ambulance and EMS service, as well as a suburban fire department EMS service. Fellows practice in HCMC’s state-of-the-art Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, and gain specialized experience in tactical medicine, search and rescue, and disaster preparedness through partnerships with law enforcement and other first responder agencies.

Founded in 1995, the EMS fellowship received ACGME-accreditation in 2013. We offer a one-year program, with an optional second year for fellows interested in law enforcement licensure through the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Board.

Program graduates are well qualified to lead a paramedic program, EMS agency, or pre-hospital provider, or to become specialists in EMS, disaster medicine, and law enforcement medicine.

What sets us apart

Dedicated ambulance service. Hennepin EMS owns and operates the dispatch center and ambulance fleet that covers 911-response for the City of Minneapolis and more than 700,000 residents in Hennepin County. EMS fellows take an active role in all operational, medical, and administrative aspects of this critical program.

dsc00114Regional partnerships with fire, police, air transport. EMS fellows also gain valuable experience with first responder agencies and hundreds of paramedics in the west metro EMS system, including public utility and private operations with the Edina Fire & Ambulance, Ridgeview Ambulance Service, North Memorial Ambulance Service, and Allina Medical Transport. Fellows participate in air medical transport with Life Link III, which completes more than 2,200 helicopter transports each year.

Specialized field experience. With faculty who are also active in law enforcement, the EMS fellowship takes a hands-on approach to tactical medicine. EMS fellows attend emergency driving courses, utilize a dedicated emergency response vehicle, and are responsible for regular street response, care, and oversight. Fellows also participate in operations with the state search and rescue team, MN Task Force 1.

Pioneering emergency services. When it comes to emergency medicine, HCMC maintains a tradition of excellence in both patient care and education. Fellows practice as faculty in our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, which handles day-to-day emergencies, regional referrals, and disaster response. Emergency personnel at all levels train for complex situations using the advanced equipment in our Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center. HCMC’s medical education includes one of the first Emergency Medicine residencies in the nation, our EMS fellowship, and the EMS Emergency and Critical Care Education center, which trains more than 12,000 paramedics and other emergency personnel each year.

Leadership and teaching opportunities. As members of an academic teaching hospital, EMS fellows collaborate daily with physicians, specialists, medical students, and other healthcare professionals in emergency medicine and other disciplines. There are ample opportunities for leadership and teaching in connection with the regional EMS council and HCMC’s EMS Emergency and Critical Care Education center.

About Our Facility

The EMS fellowship is based at the main HCMC campus in downtown Minneapolis. HCMC provides in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, and numerous specialty clinics—all within a single facility that spans five city blocks.HCMC handles cases at all levels of severity, including day-to-day emergencies and disaster response. We also provide the entire spectrum of care for injured patients, from pre-hospital care and transport through rehabilitation.

Hennepin EMS facts

  • Covers 14 municipalities in Hennepin County, including City of Minneapolis
  • Serves more than 700,000 residents and spans 266 square miles
  • State-of-the-art EMS communications center handles 65,000 calls annually
  • Ambulance service owned and operated by HCMC
  • More than 72,000 ambulance runs each year
  • Air medical transport services provided by Life Link III, with 2,200 helicopter transports annually
  • Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center with more than 100,000 visits annually
  • The area’s premier EMS Emergency and Critical Care Education facility
  • Training approximately 12,500 paramedics and other EMS professionals annually

Emergency Medical Service Area

ems service area

EMS fellows take an active role in HCMC’s EMS service area, which spans 266 square miles and serves more than 700,000 residents in 14 municipalities, including the City of Minneapolis. EMS fellows also participate in operations with the Edina Fire and Ambulance system.


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