Alabama EM Fellowship

Alabama EM Fellowship

IMM Alabama EM Fellowship

The demand for emergency physician services will exceed the supply for the foreseeable future, especially in small towns and rural areas. Emergency Medicine residency programs will not overcome the supply deficit. Consequently, alternative pathways for training emergency physicians are needed.

Our organization is committed to serving all of our patients with high-quality emergency care. In order to promote that objective, we have established an EM Fellowship Program to train physicians, who have completed Family Medicine or Medicine/Pediatrics residency programs, to provide effective and efficient emergency medical care and to become independent emergency department physicians in community hospitals.

Updates: Incoming Fellow Class

We are working hard to make everything great for our first full fellow class when they arrive in August 2016. Our pioneer first Fellow, a mid-career family physician, is already in training on a part-time basis as he transitions from a Primary Care practice to Emergency Medicine. Our first Fellow will be joined by 4 more full-time Fellows from diverse backgrounds.

One incoming Fellow is also a mid-career family physician seeking to become a full-time emergency physician, another is just finishing a Family Medicine residency, and two practiced Emergency Medicine in foreign countries before coming to the US and completing an Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residency, respectively.

All incoming Fellows are in the process of getting their AL medical licenses and becoming credentialed at our training hospitals. We have just reserved 4 spots for an ATLS course, which will be the first activity of the fellowship year, followed by introductory didactic sessions, electronic health record training, airway course with our local anesthesiologists, and the first clinical shifts within the 3 EDs where Fellows will train.

Overview of Fellowship Activities

  • Fellows will complete a one-year program of rigorous didactic learning, self-study, and mentored, direct patient care at a number of moderate-to-high volume emergency departments in Alabama.
  • At weekly 3-hour didactic sessions, all current fellows and selected expert faculty will conduct a systematic survey of all of emergency medicine, based on the required text, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, and foundational journal articles from the emergency medicine literature.
  • Before the didactic session each week, a group breakfast will focus on the ethical, social, and financial aspects of emergency medical care.
  • Each fellow will complete 12 one-month clinical rotations at a variety of emergency department sites in Alabama. Each clinical rotation will consist of 120-144 hours of mentored clinical work, emphasizing the acquisition of cognitive and technical skills in the delivery of emergency care, and characterized by progressive increases in responsibility throughout the year.
  • Each fellow will receive quarterly progress evaluations from the fellowship director.
  • After successful completion of the fellowship program, the fellow will receive a certificate of accomplishment and be eligible to pursue certification in Emergency Medicine by the American Association of Physician Specialists (

Fellow Selection Criteria

  • Completed, or in good standing and scheduled to complete by July 1, 2017, an ACGME-accredited residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in Alabama before start of fellowship.
  • ACLS and PALS certified.
  • Obtain hospital credentials to practice at all training sites.
  • Meet qualifications for Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama and other third-party payors.
  • Eligible to work in the United States during the fellowship period.
  • Record of academic, clinical, and other personal achievements.
  • Demonstrated commitment to clinical emergency medicine.

Pay and Benefits

Salary, health insurance, health savings account contribution, and allowance for continuing education, licenses, professional fees will produce a total compensation package about $70,000. A specific employment agreement will be generated for consideration at the time of offer of a fellowship.

In addition, the fellow will be covered by the Island Medical Management professional liability insurance policy for fellowship clinical activities.

Key Dates

Application Period | September 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Early application is recommended since interview offers are made on a rolling basis.

Interviews | November 10, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Prompt acceptance and scheduling of interviews is recommended since employment offers are made on a rolling basis.

Offers | Rolling
Offers to join the program will be made on a rolling basis after application review and interview until the class is full with 10 fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Offers should be accepted or rejected within 10 days of receipt.

Program starts | Monday, August 7, 2017

 For additional information, please contact the EM Fellowship Director, Alan Heins MD, MPH, FACEP at

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