Become a Dalhousie University EMS Fellow

The one-year EMS fellowship at Dalhousie Medical School generally begins in July. You’ll experience the full spectrum of EMS medical oversight, system design, research and administration. And our integrated provincial system enables hands-on experience with Lifeflight, ground ambulance and medical communications.

Our curriculum is based on that outlined in The Development of a National Emergency Medical Services Curriculum Framework for Physicians in Canada (Prehosp Emerg Care 2008; 12(3)). You’ll also have the ability to structure your learning based on your personal goals.

Fellowship objectives

Our goal is to educate physicians who are valued contributors within the EMS system, and who have sound knowledge of EMS system design, evidence-based practice, research methodology and adult education.

Experiential learning 

  • Provision of online medical oversight.
  • Development and evaluation of policies and protocols at the provincial level.
  • Development and evaluation of Extended Scope roles.
  • Appraisal of literature for Prehospital Evidence Based Practice database.
  • Participation in Paramedic Morbidity & Mortality rounds and journal clubs.
  • Hands-on experience with quality improvement and case reviews.
  • Attendance at NAEMSP medical director’s course.

Novel and innovative paramedic-led programs

  • Community paramedicine program.
  • Paramedic response to nursing homes for treatment on-site.
  • Paramedic/nurse teams at collaborative emergency centres.
  • Paramedics in clinical support roles at communications centre.
  • Emergency department paramedics.

The system structure enables experience of both regulatory and operational aspects of EMS. And you’ll get disaster and mass gathering experience through planning of disaster exercises and working on disaster policy at both the hospital and EMS levels.


Research is an integral part of our fellowship program; you’ll participate in at least one research project. You’ll be supported to develop and carry out a publishable EMS project, learning the various steps in conducting research and challenges unique to the EMS setting.


Applications from residents in the FRCP and CCFP-EM emergency medicine residency programs are welcome.

The fellowship is self-funded by locum shifts at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre’s Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre — a state-of-the-art teaching hospital affiliated with Dalhousie Medical School.

Opportunities also exist for resident EMS electives and for senior residents to partially or fully satisfy the Royal College requirement for an area of concentration.

Past Fellows

Dr Kirstin Moritz completed her EMS Fellowship with the Division of EMS in October 2015.   She is currently an Emergency Department staff physician at Hants Community Hospital and continues to provide online medical control for EHS.

Dr Jolene Cook completed her EMS Fellowship in 2013. She is currently an Emergency Department staff physician at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Infirmary and provides educational program support for the Division of EMS.


EMS Fellowship Brochure

Contact Dr. Alix Carter at: