The International Program in Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine (PDF) through the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin's (MCW) is dedicated to training physicians from around the world in the science of EMS medicine. The goal of this intensive short-term training program (2 weeks-11 months) or long-term non-ACGME approved fellowship (12+ months) is to prepare global EMS physicians for a career of leadership in pre-hospital care. By receiving education and gaining experience in the practice and administration of EMS systems, trainees learn to understand the functioning, design, and processes necessary to ensure the quality of safe and efficient delivery of patient care in the pre-hospital setting. Learn more about the program (PDF).
"Fantastic exposure to all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care - resuscitation, research emergency preparedness, tactical EMS, mass gathering medicine, medical control & oversight in one of the best EMS systems in North America under guidance by eminent, kind, friendly team of medical directors"
Dr. Michael Chia; Associate Consultant Emergency Department,
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
Trainees are required to be licensed physicians in their home country and have completed the equivalent of an emergency medicine residency program. They must be sponsored by their employer or other entity to cover all expenses associated with participation in the program. Past trainees have come from China, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Ukraine.
The training is designed to be comprehensive yet flexible in order to tailor to
the trainee’s professional goals. Opportunities are available for both short-term
programs, as a scholar visiting for 2 weeks-11 months, and long-term fellowships
(non-ACGME approved), as a fellow visiting for more than 12 months There are
also several opportunities to get involved with EMS-related research and formal
graduate level education, as well as the potential to earn a Master’s degree
through the Medical College of Wisconsin with long-term fellowships.
Learn more (PDF) about the Medical College of Wisconsin.
The program’s training goals and activities are modeled after the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the National Association of EMS Physicians EMS fellowship curriculum but tailored for the international physician leader. The program does not hold any international certification, but does include subject matter and experience consistent with the American Board of Emergency Medicine Core Content of EMS Medicine. The long-term fellowship is not an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved fellowship nor an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) program. Trainees will receive a certificate from the Medical College of Wisconsin upon completion of their program.
The didactic component of the program includes lectures, meetings, readings, and activities focused on the history of EMS, legislation and legal issues, EMS system design, air medical transport, personnel and human resources, finance, EMS equipment, education and training, operations management, community education, communications, disaster management, prevention, medical direction, and EMS research.
The experiential component of the program involves observations and hands-on
experience including participation with EMS field providers, participation as an
EMS educator, participation in quality improvement activities, emergency vehicle
operations, vehicle and technical rescue, participation in disaster drill, EMS
coverage for mass gatherings, EMS base station (radio) operations, participation
in local, state, and national EMS organizations; air medical services; participation
in variance investigation; ongoing interaction with the EMS medical director;
and public service answering point 911 communication center. Trainees will also
shadow a Medical College of Wisconsin EMS faculty during their scheduled
Emergency Department shifts as part of an emergency department mentorship.
“The EMS fellowship program at MCW covers a wide range of EMS
aspects including research, medical oversight, administrative practices
and disaster preparedness. International fellows have opportunities
to assist in duties of the EMS medical director, participate in local EMS
system quality management, and other specific areas such as disaster
and emergency preparedness, mass gathering, tactical EMS, HAZMAT
training and many more. This comprehensive yet flexible program
allows fellows to gain experiences and leadership skills in every
aspect of pre-hospital care in order to achieve their individual
goals and become knowledgeable EMS physicians in the future.”
Dr. Montinee Sangtian; Attending Physician Emergency Center, Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok
Patient care observations will occur in the Emergency Departments of Froedtert Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, as well as with Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers. Administrative and training activities will involve the Milwaukee County EMS, Kenosha County EMS, State of Wisconsin EMS, City of Milwaukee Fire Department, and Flight for Life programs.
View the 2014 Curriculum Guide (PDF) for more detailed information.
Location and Facilities
Milwaukee is a diverse city of 600,000 residents, situated on Lake Michigan
about 2 hours north of Chicago. It is known for its history in manufacturing
and industry, particularly its brewery traditions. Residents and visitors alike
enjoy numerous summer festivals and winter activities, as well as sporting
events, museums and theaters, shopping, nightlife, and much more
throughout the year. Learn more about the city of Milwaukee, WI.
The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center includes Froedtert Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Ronald McDonald House, and Curative Rehabilitation. The campus houses the region’s only Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers, Spinal Cord Center, Blood Center, Injury Research Center, Center for International Health, Poison Center, and Flight for Life service.
jlFroedtert Hospital is a 655-bed teaching hospital, with a Level 1 Adult
Trauma Center. It is recognized as a regional high performer in 12 specialties:
cancer, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology,
nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pulmonology, and urology.
The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a 296-bed pediatric hospital, with a
Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. In March 2013, Parents Magazine ranked
the hospital 4th among all children's hospitals throughout the country and
among the top 10 in all six specialty areas, ranking #1 in Preemie and
Newborn Care and #3 in Emergency Medicine.
The Milwaukee County EMS System serves approximately 1 million people, in both urban and suburban settings. Its Education Center is a state-certified paramedic training center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply to the program?
Trainees are required to be licensed physicians in their home country
and have completed the equivalent of an emergency medicine residency
program. Past trainees have come from China, Poland, Saudi Arabia,
Singapore, Taiwan, and the Ukraine.
Successful trainees are self-driven, self-motivating, and develop their own personal learning objectives.
How long is the program?
The program is flexible in order to accommodate your personal and professional needs. We offer both short-term programs for scholars, training for 2 weeks-11 months, and long-term fellowships (non-ACGME approved) for fellows, training for 12+ months.
Learn more about the International Scholars in EMS and Disaster Medicine (2 weeks-11 months).
Learn more about the International Fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine (12+ months).
*This is not an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved fellowship.
What is the cost of the program?
Trainees must be sponsored by their employer or other entity to cover all expenses associated with participation in the program including but not limited to travel, room and board, books and training materials, and tuition. The tuition fee varies based on length of training.
"I found that the EMS system in Milwaukee is well recognized
locally and internationally and I was surprised how people from
the States and abroad come and seek help from Milwaukee EMS
medical directors. During my stay I gained good knowledge
about EMS and I built a strong relationship with EMS professors.
I enjoyed working with the EMS research experts and
that was an exceptional experience for me."
Dr. Khalid Ateyyah; Emergency Assistant Consultant
in King Abdul Aziz Medical City, Saudi Arabia
What will I be learning in the program?
The curriculum is modeled after the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the National Association of EMS Physicians EMS fellowship program but tailored for the international physician leader.
More detailed information can be found in the 2014 Curriculum Guide (PDF).
The didactic component of the curriculum
(24 hours/month) includes lectures, meetings, readings, and activities focused on:
History of EMS
Legislation and legal issues
EMS system design
Air medical transport
The experiential component of the curriculum
(108 hours/month) involves observations and
hands-on experience including:
Emergency Department mentorship
Participation with EMS field providers
Participation as an EMS educator
Participation in quality improvement activities
Emergency vehicle operations
Vehicle and technical rescue
Participation in disaster drill
EMS coverage for mass gatherings
EMS base station (radio) operations
Participation in local, state, and national EMS organizations
Air medical services
Ongoing interaction with EMS medical director
Where is the program located?
The program is facilitated by the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Patient care observations will occur in the Emergency Departments of Froedtert Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, as well as with Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers. Administrative and training activities will involve the Milwaukee County EMS, Kenosha County EMS, State of Wisconsin EMS, City of Milwaukee Fire Department, and Flight for Life programs.
Because the learning locations are throughout the city of Milwaukee and surrounding areas, it is highly recommended for trainees to have a car.
What will I get for participating in the program?
Trainees will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Medical College of Wisconsin upon
successful completion of 132 contact hours/month.
The program does not hold any international certification, but does include subject matter
and experience consistent with the American Board of Emergency Medicine Core Content of
This is not an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved fellowship.
How can I obtain more information?
Please peruse the MCW Department of Emergency Medicine website.
You are also encouraged to contact M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, Program Director with further questions and inquiries about the program.
For more information, please contact M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, Program Director.
Address: 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 805-9923
Fax: (414) 805-6464