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The UC Irvine School of Medicine fellowship in disaster medical sciences consists of a one-year or two-year, post-graduate program designed to provide education and experience in disaster medicine, international emergency medicine and the management of public health emergencies. During training, the disaster medical sciences fellow will have duties and responsibilities not only with the emergency department, but also with the community. The curriculum will be based on the reference text, Koenig and Schultz’s Disaster Medicine:  Comprehensive Principles and Practice.  During the two-year disaster medicine program, fellows will obtain formal advanced training toward a master's degree in Public Health, Public Administration, or Business Administration, due to the growing need to understand disaster medicine in a broader public perspective. 

Responsibilities include: Direct patient care, supervision of residents, medical students, and paramedic interns, providing formal lectures to residents and faculty throughout UC Irvine Medical Center. 

Training includes:

  • Field amputation and fasciotomy lab using fresh frozen human cadavers
  • Certification as an Orange County Base Hospital Physician (responsible for management and supervision of UC Irvine-assigned paramedic units and UC Irvine medical intensive care nurses) 
  • Active participation in quality improvement activities 
  • Active participation in the hospital’s Emergency Management (Disaster) Committee
  • Active participation in the Disaster Medical Assistance Team, including deployment
  • Active participation in administrative committees at UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange County Health Care Agency, the state of California and professional organizations including the American College of Emergency Physician’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee
  • European Master of Disaster Medicine course development
  • International disaster preparedness courses 
  • HAZMAT courses 
  • Training courses such as those located in Anniston, Alabama and the REAC/TS course
  • Advanced degree program (MPH, MPA, or MBA)
  • Participation in the amputation/fasciotomy lab


Topics taught during the fellowship include (but are not limited to):

  • Incident command system
  • Blast injuries
  • Bioterrorism/pandemic influenza
  • Mass casualty triage
  • Radiological issues and threats
  • Chemical weapons
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Community preparedness
  • US health care system
  • Natural disasters (such as hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes)
Before completing the program, the disaster medical sciences fellow will have completed one academic level project that may include formal research, support of community organizations (e.g., public health department, EMS agency, healthcare agency), and program evaluation or development. These projects must be presented at national or international meetings.

With the two-year preparation and the advanced degree program, the fellow will be provided with all the tools to become a community health educator and an active expert in the emerging field of disaster medicine.

To apply, please submit the following documents electronically:

  1. a letter of intent
  2. Your CV
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
Dr. Schultz

Carl H. Schultz, MD, FACEP
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Public Health
Director of Research, Center for Disaster Medical Sciences
Director, EMS and Disaster Medical Sciences Fellowship
Director, Disaster Medical Services

Email: schultzc@uci.edu