​Excellence in Emergency Care

Helicopter at accident sceneThe Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship is the path to becoming an EMS physician and expert in pre-hospital emergency medical care. Operated jointly by the Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine EMS Fellowship and the Saginaw-Tuscola Medical Control Authority (STMCA), the synergy created by the two organizations gives Fellows a range of opportunities and experiences in emergency medical systems.

This one-year program immerses Fellows in the day-to-day operations of a high-performance EMS system that spans urban, suburban, and rural areas. Upon completion, the Fellow will have a practical and academic understanding of EMS.

Become a Well-Rounded EMS Physician

The College’s unique program and approach embraces a decentralized and distributed model which places Fellows in on-scene, clinical field response scenarios. In addition to field experience, Fellows gain experience in management roles, and learn about the operational and business aspects of a state-of-the-art advanced life support agency. 

Rigorous Training and Extensive Clinical Care Opportunities

Fellows provide on-scene and direct medical oversight. They work closely with the EMS Fellowship Program Director and have unrestricted access to all EMS events occurring within the system. This includes the following opportunities:

  • Participation in system quality assurance initiatives involving dispatch triage, on-scene treatment, and protocol development
  • Special operations opportunities: tactical EMS, dive team, disaster medicine, air medical, county Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Conferences and educational activities: National Association of EMS Medical Director course, continuing medical education stipend (for primary board review, review materials, or other educational activities)
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To apply for our ACGME residency programs, you must submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). For more information on how to apply via ERAS, contact your medical school dean of student affairs, or visit the ERAS web site to review application procedures.

To apply for our CPME residency program, you must submit an application through the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR).  For more information on how to apply via CASPR, contact your medical school dean of student affairs, or visit the CASPR web site to review application procedures.

Applications to our ACGME residency programs should include:

  • ERAS common application form with personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcripts (MD) OR
  • COMLEX transcripts (DO)
  • ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates only)


Applications to our CPME residency programs should include:

  • CASPR common application form with personal statement
  • Podiatric medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • APMLE transcripts

Eligibility requirements for ACGME programs:

Requirements for international medical students:
  • Graduates of non-U.S. based medical schools must have a medical degree and fulfill all educational requirements to practice medicine in the country where the degree was obtained.
  • International medical graduates must also have a valid ECFMG certificate and visa. We will follow the ECFMG rules regarding J-1 Visa status.

Eligibility requirements for CPME programs:

Institutional residency requirements (no exceptions):
  • Applications only accepted through ERAS/CASPR.
  • We do not sponsor H1-B Visas. We will follow the ECFMG rules regarding J-1 Visa status.
  • We do not prescreen applications prior to submission of ERAS or CASPR application.
  • Students interested in Couples Matching should review the Couples Match Policy before applying.
These are considered disqualifying events. If any of these conditions/events are noted in the application, that application will not be considered for interview or ranking.
  • Any felony conviction as this conviction often impedes and may preclude a graduate from obtaining a full-unrestricted medical license.
  • Any misdemeanor conviction in the last three years which could have resulted in a sentence of two years or longer (“high” misdemeanors) as this conviction often impedes and may preclude a graduate from obtaining a full-unrestricted medical license.
  • Any alcohol or drug (prescription or illicit)-related convictions, including DUI/DWI, as these convictions often impede and may preclude a graduate from obtaining a full, unrestricted medical license. (This does not apply to simple isolated open container and minor-in-possession type of citations). Consideration may be made for isolated incidents in the distant past. If concerned about eligibility, applicant should submit a “Request for Preliminary Determination” to the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing.
  • Matriculation from a medical school that we cannot verify as an LCME, AOA, or CPME equivalent educational program--this is above and beyond ECFMG certification.
  • For residency positions, greater than three years since graduation from medical school or the conclusion of formal medical education (residency training). Must be a medical school graduate after July 1, 2017. Exceptions made for those who started medical school prior to that date and:
    • Graduated and went immediately into a U.S. residency program (ACGME, AOA, or CPME accredited);
    • Are required to be on active federal service (e.g. military pay back, DoD, NHS, IH);
    • Are in an advanced degree program (e.g. MPH, PhD) while remaining clinically active with hands on experience in the United States. Shadowing in the U.S. does not count for being clinically active.
  • For fellowship positions, greater than three years without clinical activity.
  • Two or more failures on any part/s of the USMLE or COMLEX or American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam (APMLE) with the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME).
  • Requirement to repeat or remediate two or more courses or clerkships while in medical school.
Please see more specific requirements in the speciality web pages.

If you have questions about these requirements, contact the DIO, GME Office at cmedgme@cmich.edu.

EMS Fellowship Curriculum

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Contact Information:

Audrey Shaver
Fellowship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7763
Email: shaver1as@cmich.edu