Disaster & Operational Medicine Fellowship

Overview of Fellowship

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide the Fellow with the fundamentals of prehospital and hospital emergency management
  • Provide the Fellow with the fundamentals of operational medicine in its various forms 
  • Provide the Fellow with the fundamentals of emergency medical services direction and management
  • Provide the Fellow with opportunities for professional growth within the field, including:
    • Research
    • Education
    • Conferences
  • Provide the Fellow with an advanced degree, typically a Masters Degree, from GWU. 
  • Provide the Fellow with a wide network of contacts and colleagues from the federal to the local level.

Curriculum Highlights

This two-year fellowship based at the George Washington University will provide the fellow with the following experiences:

  • Participation in city, regional, state/district, and national level emergency management planning
  • Leadership position in emergency medical services direction
  • Participation in ongoing disaster/remote medical access educational activities
  • Participation in ongoing disaster research, as well as initiating fellow directed research
  • Participation in development and delivery of tactical and military medical educational projects
  • Leadership and participation in small and large-scale mass gathering events (e.g. local sporting events, triathlons, road races, concerts, Presidential Inauguration, etc.) via our robust Event Medicine group.
  • Optional participation in nationally organized response teams (DMAT, USAR, etc.)
  • Opportunities in international disaster development and educational activities
  • Opportunities to collaborate with faculty and fellows from other Emergency Department Sections including Telemedicine, International, Ultrasound, Policy, and Education. 
  • Continuing medical education budget for conference participation
  • Clinical work at one of the hospitals being staffed by the organization
  • Completion of a Master's Degree of choice (typically MPH or Masters in Crisis/Emergency Management)
  • Estimated Salary $80-85K+
    • Contingent upon hours worked clinically and at events, degree costs, expenses, etc.

Application Process

  1. Letter of introduction/cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Applications accepted throughout the year, interviews typically are Oct/Nov. 

Requirements and Contact Information

  • Fellows accepted into the program must be ACGME board eligible or board certified in emergency medicine.
  • Fellows must be US Citizens and able to pass a background check 


James Phillips, M.D., EMT-T

Director, Disaster and Operational Medicine Fellowship
Assistant Professor
Chief, Disaster and Operational Medicine Section

Department of Emergency Medicine
George Washington University
Medical Faculty Associates
2120 L Street, NW, Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20037

Office: 202-741-2911
Fax: 202-741-2921