The Penn State Hershey Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to offer an ACGME-accredited EMS Fellowship to provide physicians with the experience and training in operations, research, education, and administration to contribute to EMS systems in a variety of settings.
The EMS fellowship is designed to immerse the fellow in all aspects related to ground and air EMS medicine. Penn State Hershey Emergency Medicine has direct oversight over Life Lion Critical Care Transport, Life Lion EMS, and several other ground transport services. The unique geography of the region affords experience and training in both rural and urban settings. Three EMS boarded faculty are available to provide mentorship. Experience in medical command, service oversight, field response, EMS research, and the many interactions which occur with the other 120 pre-hospital personnel dedicated to the provision of EMS care are available to candidates.
The Fellow will have a clinical faculty appointment through Penn State Hershey Emergency Medicine. Applicants must be graduates of an Accredited ACGME Residency Program in Emergency Medicine.
EMS Fellowship Curriculum
Fellows will gain clinical experience in various models of EMS services supplying pre-hospital care in the local region. These services include hospital-based, fire-based, volunteer, critical care ground and air transport, and blended career and volunteer services that are in urban, suburban, and rural areas of south central Pennsylvania. Program faculty provide medical direction to all of these service models. In addition fellows will be involved in education and administrative components of these services.
The main pre-hospital services with whom fellows work include Life Lion EMS, Life Lion Critical Care Transport, and Community LifeTeam. Our clinical resources include a dedicated EMS physician field response vehicle certified by Pennsylvania as an Advanced Life Support quick response vehicle. It is equipped with emergency lights/sirens as well as an augmented supply of advanced life support medical equipment and can be used independently for field response by the fellows after adequate training and experience are obtained. Fellows also provide direct patient care as flight physicians during both scene and inter-facility transports. In addition, they provide on scene medical control at mass gathering medicine events, such as home football games at Penn State's Beaver Stadium (typical attendance >100,000 with over 30 EMS crews activated for the event) and other large events. These clinical in-field experiences are provided longitudinally over 12 months.
In addition to a robust didactic and hands-on curriculum, fellows gain experience by attending regional and state meetings with the Medical Advisory Committee of the Emergency Health Services Federation (the regional EMS council for south central Pennsylvania), the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC), and local EMS councils.
EMS Fellowship Faculty
Dr. Lubin is the Division Chief for Pre-hospital and Transport Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is the Program Director for the EMS Fellowship. He is also the Medical Director for Life Lion Critical Care Transport. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.
Dr. Meador is the Medical Director for Life Lion EMS. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.
Dr. Vates is the Medical Director for Tactical EMS as well as the Assistant Medical Director of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Emergency Department. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine.
R. Daniel Bledsoe, M.D.
Dr. Bledsoe is the Medical Director for Community Life Team EMS. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.
Current and Recent EMS Fellows
Thomas Luckey, MD
Isabel Brea, MD
Jonathan Beyer, DO
Rebecca Schulman, MD
EMS Fellowship - Advanced Degrees
EMS fellows have the opportunity to earn a Master's degree in Public Health or Homeland Security by adding an optional second year to their fellowship program. These degrees round out the skill set of graduating EMS Physicians and assist in their readiness to assume roles in Public Health and Disaster Medicine leadership.
Confidential Inquiries to:
Jeffrey S. Lubin, MD, MPH
Division Chief, Prehospital and Transport Medicine
EMS Fellowship Director
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
500 University Drive, PO Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
Telephone: 717- 531-5879