EMS Track

The goal of the EMS Scholarly Track is to develop a working skill set that can be used to provide medical oversight to EMS agencies, deliver expert instruction to EMS personnel and provide disaster planning and recovery to the community at large.


In order to successfully complete the track, residents must complete the following:

  1. Attend all monthly track meetings (except certain off-service rotations and vacation)
    • Write/deliver one 40-minute lecture per year based on a primary EMS text
  2. Complete 100 hours of EMS activities during the three-year longitudinal experience
    • At least 15 hours must be completed prior to each Program Director Meeting
  3. Satisfactorily complete the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) Medical Directors Course, offered at the NAEMSP Annual Meeting.
  4. Attend at least one (1) Erie County drill, standby, or training course per academic year.
  5. Serve as Assistant Medical Director for a local fire and/or EMS agency under the supervision of EMS Faculty.

The 100 hours of logged activities must be logged in the resident’s MedHub folio in order count toward completion. Ten (10) hours must be completed in each of three core areas: EMS Operations, Disaster Planning/Management, and EMS Education. The remaining 70 hours may be divided according to the individual resident’s areas of interest.

Group shot of emergency medicine residents in EMS Scholarly Track.

In exceptional circumstances, alternative courses may be substituted for the NAEMSP MDC (e.g., CONTOMS Medical Directors Course, FDNY MSOC, SOMA).

Faculty advisor approval must be received three (3) months prior to the intended substitution.

Activities may include, but are not limited to

  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, or ATLS Instructor courses
  • Planning/execution of a disaster preparedness/mass casualty drill
  • Authoring a scholarly or trade journal article
  • Deliver lectures to EMT/paramedic students
  • Completion of Intermediate and Advanced ICS courses (300 & 400)
  • Becoming certified as a New York State lab instructor or instructor-coordinator (CLI, CIC)
  • Completion of CONTOMS Tactical Medical Directors Course
  • Special Event/Mass Gathering coverage
  • Special Rescue training courses (Confined Space Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, High Angle Rescue)
  • Training as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) through the National Academy of EMD
  • Obtaining EMS Educator certification through the National Association of EMS Educators
Emergency medical residents participate in EMS Extraction Day.


O‘Brien, Michael

Michael O‘Brien, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, FAMPA

Assistant Professor | Associate Program Director - EMS Fellowship

UBMD Emergency Medicine 77 Goodell Street Suite 340 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 7166459700

Email: mco6@buffalo.edu