About DM Fellowship

BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine is designed to provide qualified fellows the opportunity to develop an expertise in the related fields of Disaster Medicine (DM) and Emergency Management (EM). This is accomplished through didactic lectures, seminars, readings, goal-related research in a specific area of DM and EM, and participation in hospital-based, local, regional, national, and international Disaster Preparedness agencies and response organizations.

The Fellow will also complete fieldwork-related research resulting in a thesis or publication. Upon completion of this Fellowship, fellows will be skilled in all aspects of the disaster cycle and have the ability to assume a leadership role on the local, regional, federal, or international level in the area of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management.

It is assumed that after graduation fellows will take a leadership position and be active in research and academics, leading to a career as an internationally noted expert in these fields. BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine allows for graduating Fellows to remain as faculty to the Fellowship, fostering collaboration and academic advancement.

Program Objectives

The program will help fellows achieve the following:

  • Develop a knowledge base and skills set to be experts in all phases of the disaster cycle
  • Participation in local, regional, federal, and international DM activities
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge base of United States’ Preparedness and Response System
  • Develop skills to take leadership roles in their community
  • Develop a compentency in DM research and teaching skills

Disaster Medicine Curriculum

The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Curriculum can be accessed here.

Hospital Emergency Management Curriculum

The Hospital Emergency Management Didactics Curriculum can be accessed here.

Didactic education

The didactic component of the training occurs throughout the duration of the fellowship and consists of textbook readings, small group lessons, on-line and classroom courses and lecture series. Many of these lectures are lead by Harvard Medical School Faculty as well as other national and international experts in the areas of disaster and EMS medicine.
BPHC-DelValleThe fellow will also be asked to give two presentations to the Emergency Medicine residents at Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program during his/her fellowship. Fellows will have access to the Harvard Medical School library and will participate in a variety of continuing education programs. Fellows will also work with the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, both attending online and classroom coursework as well as in curriculum development and implementation.

Committee Participation

Throughout the fellowship the fellow will participate in both HMFP and Boston disaster-related committees/activities, including the HMFP Emergency Management Committee, The Longwood Medical Area Emergency Management Committee, Center for Public Health Preparedness at Harvard School of Public Health, the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO), Boston EMS, Boston MedFlight, and the Boston Metropolitan Medical Response System.


The research and projects development portion of the training will span the entire fellowship period. The fellow will be asked early on to define a research goal and to begin designing his thesis. The research and subsequent thesis will focus on a specific area of Disaster Medicine or Emergency Management and will be approved by the Fellowship Director. The goal of the thesis is for it to be published in the specialty literature.

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The fieldwork phase will be in 2 parts. The fellow will perform fieldwork either within the United States, through the National Disaster Medical System/ Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) (arranged by the fellowship), or his/her country of origin. A six-week rotation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is included in the Fellowship program as an elective. Current clinical observation sites include: Boston EMS, Boston MedFlight, RI-DMAT, Medical Care at the Boston Marathon, Medical Care at major Boston sporting venues including the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots, Goodyear Arizona Fire Department HAZMAT, King County ALS in Seattle, Washington, as well as international EMS, search and rescue, disaster resilience and humanitarian experiences in Iceland, Italy, Denmark and in Haiti.

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BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine also offers educational experiences in specific areas of interest within Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management. These are one to six month concentrations that include both didactic and practical training. In the classroom the student will learn the knowledge and evidence-base for the specific area of interest and then have the opportunity to apply those principles through fieldwork and real-time applications. Through our many partners the student will participate in disaster preparedness and response activities as they are applied daily on the local, regional, national, and international level. It is this hands-on approach and real-time application that makes the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine Concentrations so appealing to students. The Concentrations are designed for both novice and seasoned personnel, with the focus being participation in real-world disaster preparedness activities. Programs can be tailored designed to meet the needs of the individual student.

If you are interested in enrolling in Disaster Medicine Fellowship course, contact gciotton@bidmc.harvard.edu for more information.

Available Concentrations:
  • Command and Control
  • Disaster Operations and Logistics
  • EMS Disaster Operations
  • Hospital-based Emergency Management
  • Regional Emergency Management
  • Humanitarian Disaster Operations
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Chemical and Biological exposures
  • Air-medical operations and safety
  • Nursing in Mass Casualty and Disasters