Program Director’s Message

Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medical Services Fellowship Program at Cooper. Cooper University Healthcare has continued to develop a growing EMS presence since first engaging with EMS back in 2007 through outreach and education. Since that time, we have expanded into BLS medical direction; hospital based critical care air medical services, and EMS fellowship training. In 2016 we took another large step into operational EMS initiating hospital based Basic and Advanced Life Support ground ambulances, physician field response units, field and hospital training of military special operations medics, and most recently Mobile integrated healthcare in the City of Camden. It is a time of innovation and growth for EMS at Cooper.

As a paramedic, emergency physician, and fellowship trained EMS physician, my passion for EMS has defined the last 25 years of my professional career. My vision of EMS practice is to promote a healthy combination of active field and emergency department clinical practice, administrative and leadership activities, and hands on provider education. My responsibility and mission as Fellowship director is to expose and train our fellows in all aspects of EMS medicine and help them define their future as an EMS physician.

In 2015, we proudly received initial accreditation from ACGME for our EMS Fellowship Program when the American Board of Emergency Medicine recognized EMS as a subspecialty. Graduates from our program are eligible to take the subspecialty board certification exam in EMS. Our first ACGME Accreditation Site Visit in May 2017 was a tremendous success and the surveyor highlighted the faculty as a strength of the program. Our diverse faculty are the bedrock of our program who work constantly to share their expertise and experience in diverse areas of EMS medicine. In addition to classic didactics and day-to-day-medical direction, they also involve our fellows in national speaking engagements, state and national policy and protocol development, tactical EMS, urban search and rescue operations, disaster planning, grant writing, and most importantly integrate them into their practice of EMS medicine. 

EMS is a new subspecialty and EMS physicians are daily redefining the physician role in prehospital care. I hope you consider joining us for this exciting and dynamic time for prehospital physicians at Cooper.

Gerard G Carroll, MD
Program Director
EMS Fellowship