Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

One year, ACGME-accredited program

Dedicated Advanced Life Support hospital ambulance service

Partnered Advanced Life Support fire department ambulance service

Urban and suburban service area, covering 700,000 people

Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center

EMS faculty with field, disaster, and law enforcement expertise

ACGME-accredited since 2013 Founded 1995

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About the Program

About Our Program

Diverse Field Experiences to Train Tomorrow’s EMS Leaders

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center combines best-of-breed clinical, administrative, and field experience in both urban and suburban EMS environments. Fellows take an active, hands-on role in HCMC’s ambulance and EMS service, as well as a suburban fire department EMS service. Fellows practice in HCMC’s state-of-the-art Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and gain specialized experience in mass gathering/event medicine, urban search and rescue, disaster preparedness as well as field care and tactical EMS.

Founded in 1995, the EMS fellowship received ACGME-accreditation in 2013. We offer a one-year program, with an optional second year for fellows interested in law enforcement licensure through the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Board.

Program graduates are well qualified to become an EMS Medical Director, instruct pre-hospital providers, respond to incidents in the field, and become an expert in disaster preparedness or law enforcement medicine.


About Our Faculty

Four full-time faculty lead the EMS fellowship at HCMC. Dr. Jeffrey D. Ho, Program Director, is also the first graduate of the EMS fellowship.

Just as EMS often bridges both medicine and law enforcement, our EMS faculty bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the program. Faculty have served as medical directors for SWAT teams and fire departments, as EMS agency heads, as law enforcement officers, military officers, and other roles.

Program Leadership

Dr. Jeffrey D. Ho, EMS Fellowship Program Director at HCMC; Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; Deputy Sheriff and Medical Director, Meeker County (Minnesota) Sheriff’s Office. Within HCMC, Dr. Ho also serves as Associate Medical Director for HCMC Paramedic Services and Medical Director for HCMC Department of Security and HCMC Sexual Assault Resource Services.

Dr. John L. Hick, Assistant Medical Director, HCMC Emergency Medical Services; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; Advisor to the Director, Office of Emergency Management/Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Medical Advisor for Emergency Preparedness, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. In addition, Dr. Hick serves as Medical Director for Metro Region HHS Hospital Preparedness Program Grant, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Minnesota Department of Health, and Emergency Preparedness, HCMC.

Dr. Paul D. Nystrom, Assistant Medical Director, HCMC Emergency Medical Services; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; Medical Director of Edina Fire and Rescue. Dr. Nystrom is also an officer for the Brooklyn Park Police Department and Medical Director for the Minneapolis Police Department SWAT Team, the MN Task Force 1, and six local fire departments.

Dr. Nick S. Simpson,  Assistant Medical Director, HCMC Emergency Medical Services; Assistant EMS Fellowship Program Director at HCMC; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; Assistant Medical Director, HCMC paramedic program.

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“The EMS fellowship has been an amazing way to experience the breadth and depth of what it means to be an EMS Medical Director.  Getting to truly experience the various facets of prehospital medicine and a public safety system through Hennepin EMS has been invaluable.”

What Sets Us Apart?

Dedicated ambulance service.

Hennepin EMS owns and operates the dispatch center and ambulance fleet that covers 911-response for the City of Minneapolis and more than 700,000 residents in Hennepin County. EMS fellows take an active role in all operational, medical, and administrative aspects of this critical program.

Regional partnerships with fire, police, air transport.

EMS fellows also gain valuable experience with first responder agencies and hundreds of paramedics in the west metro EMS system, including public utility and private operations, as well as air medical transport.

Specialized field experience.

EMS fellows attend a formal Emergency Vehicle Operations Course and utilize a dedicated emergency response vehicle. Fellows provide support to the paramedics, engage in direct patient care and add to the oversight and teaching of paramedics. Fellows also participate in operations with the state Urban Search and Rescue team, and MN Task Force 1.

Pioneering emergency services.

Fellows practice as faculty in our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. Emergency personnel train for complex situations using the advanced equipment in our Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center. HCMC’s medical education programs train more than 12,000 paramedics and other emergency personnel each year.

Leadership and teaching opportunities.

EMS fellows collaborate daily with physicians, specialists, medical students, and other healthcare professionals in emergency medicine and other disciplines. There are ample opportunities for leadership and teaching in connection with the regional EMS council and HCMC’s EMS Emergency and Critical Care Education center.

Application Requirements

Applications Due December 1


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter indicating your interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter from an ACGME-accredited residency in Emergency Medicine indicating program completion or good standing in progress toward completion
  • Three letters of recommendation from residency faculty, with at least one from a practicing EMS physician
  • Residency in-service examination scores from all years of training
  • Personal statement indicating:
    • Your interest in pursuing an EMS Fellowship
    • What you hope to accomplish with an EMS Fellowship
    • Why you would be a good fit for HCMC’s program
    • Any additional relevant information

This fellowship accepts only graduates of an Emergency Medicine Residency at an ACGME-accredited institution. International candidates are welcome to apply, however, this program does not sponsor visas.


  1. Submission: Submit your application by mail directly to our residency coordinator. Please note that this fellowship accepts only graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency in Emergency Medicine.
  2. Telephone interviews: Selected applicants will be contacted for telephone interviews with the program director and/or assistant program director.
  3. Finalist candidates. Selected applicants will be invited for in-person interviews. We hold interviews beginning in January. Candidates are responsible for travel and lodging expenses to attend interviews.

About Our Facility

The EMS fellowship is based at the main HCMC campus in downtown Minneapolis. HCMC provides in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, and numerous specialty clinics—all within a single facility that spans five city blocks.


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Mary Hirschboeck

Residency Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-5645
Email[email protected]

Hennepin County Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
701 Park Avenue, Mail Code 825
Minneapolis MN 55415

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