Emergency Medical Services

airmedSalt Lake City is the major urban region in Utah with semi-rural and rural areas surrounding the city. This interface creates an exceptional opportunity to study all types of EMS practice. The medical directors of AirMed, Salt Lake City Fire Department, Summit County EMS, West Salt Lake Valley EMS, and University of Utah Paramedic School are all University of Utah faculty. The Fellow will have the option of completing the NAEMSP Medical Director course during the year. Frequent opportunities to teach and interact with EMS personnel are provided.


The University of Utah operates the AirMed flight service which transports patients within Utah as well as the five surrounding states. The flight service utilizes four helicopters and two fixed-wing airplanes and performs over 2000 flights per year. AirMed serves the largest referral area of any academic center in the United States. As a result, the flight program transports a large number of medically complex patients. AirMed was awarded the Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services in 2006 for its excellence and dedication to the air medical industry. The Fellow will have the opportunity to fly as a team member and serve in a role as an assistant medical director. Educational opportunities include medical education of flight crew and oversight of AirMed curriculum.

Salt Lake City Fire Department

The SLC Fire Department employs 115 Paramedics and 204 EMT Basics. There are 14 fire stations. The Department is a two-tiered EMS response system and responds to approximately 20,000 calls per year.

Summit County EMS

Summit County includes Park City, South and North Summit Counties and serves as the rural model of the fellowship program. The Fellow will participate in the role of assistant medical director and will be involved in medical control as well as provider education.

West Salt Lake Valley EMS

West Valley City is a suburban area adjacent to Salt Lake City. West Valley City EMS is a division of the West Valley City Fire Department. EMS providers include 50 paramedics and 31 EMT-Intermediates. West Valley City EMS provides mass gathering medical support for the E-Center and USANA concert and venue stadiums.