Emergency Medical Services Fellowship
Cooper University Hospital (CUH) offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship training program to prepare physicians for the practice of emergency medical services, a clinical specialty that includes the care of patients in all environments outside of traditional medical care facilities such as clinics, offices, and hospitals.
CUH’s ED has an annual census of approximately 80,000 patients, of which 25 percent of those patients arrive by Emergency Medical Services (EMS). As the Regional Level I Trauma Center, Children’s Regional Hospital, and a tertiary care facility, CUH receives patients from the city of Camden and from the surrounding communities within Southern New Jersey.
New Jersey EMS has a unique two-tiered system, providing both Basic and Advanced Life Support services. Basic Life Support (BLS) services are generally responsible for patient hospital transports and include both career and volunteer providers. Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs) are operated by licensed, acute-care hospitals and are bound by a state-issued certificate of need, which allocates sole-provider service areas to specific hospitals. The JEMSTAR Air Medical Program was designed to provide rapid emergency transport and care for trauma patients in New Jersey. Several privatelyoperated air medical providers are also licensed to provide scene and interfacility transports.
Legislation that passed in July 2015 allows for designated Level I Trauma Centers to provide both advanced and basic life support services in their respective municipalities. This opportunity will give our fellows and residents direct involvement in both the development and maintenance of the city’s EMS system, with potential for additional projects involving EMS given the unique urban healthcare economics.
Through the Division of EMS/Disaster/Transport Medicine, our physicians provide medical direction for many EMS agencies in Southern New Jersey, transport companies, and Cooper’s Air Two helicopter. Our robust medical direction program promotes physician involvement with agencies to empower the EMS community to provide the highest level of care through standardized protocols, online medical command from our Emergency Department, chart review, real-time feedback at scenes, competency-based training, and open lines of communication with the EMS Medical Directors. More importantly, the team has built relationships with various public and private stakeholders to offer support and expertise during routine and disastrous times and has participated in local, regional, and state initiatives involving EMS and Disaster Medicine. As the Southern Regional Medical Coordination Center, our regional health preparedness and response facility supports the integrity of the health care system during a large-scale event. Responsibilities include the collection and collation of regional health information, situation awareness, the monitoring of health care system performance and capacity, support to health care system logistic requests in coordination with state and local agencies, and other operations as determined by NJDOH.
Since the development of an EMS fellowship in 2012, our fellows have been successful in pursuing opportunities within EMS. Graduated fellows have successfully expanded roles within EMS to include medical directorships, creation of new EMS programs in Tactical and Wilderness EMS, and political support for the EMS community. Fellows have been recognized by the EMS community, peers, and governmental bodies as leaders in the field of EMS during and after their fellowship training.
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Rick Hong, MD, Director
Ramie Hood, Coordinator
Phone: 856·342·2627 Fax: 856·968·8272
Cooper University Hospital
Department of Emergency Medicine
One Cooper Plaza, Suite 152
Camden, NJ 08103