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EMS and Disaster Medicine Fellowship (ACGME-Accredited)

Jordan Holliday, MD

Jordan Holliday, MD
Program Director


Jodi Butterfield, Coordinator
[email protected]
(315) 464-6194

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University was among the first EMS fellowship programs to receive ACGME accreditation and has maintained continuous accreditation since. Upstate's EMS Fellowship aims to provide an introduction to all facets of EMS and disaster preparedness and response to prepare the graduating fellows to smoothly transition into a variety of seetings and locations. This includes ground EMS opportunities at faculty-directed agencies in urban, suburban, and rural settings that participate in 911 emergency responses as well as interfacility transports.  Upstate's EMS Fellow serves as an Associate Medical Director for AMR of CNY with graduated autonomy and responsibility throughout the year.  Syracuse Fire Department also provides a longitudinal experience in fire-based EMS, as well as fireground, rehabilation, rescue and HAZMAT operations.  Hospital-basd opportunities include participation in Upstate's Emergency Management committee including bi-monthly meetings, tabletop and full-scale exercises, and after-action reports.  Potential event medicine opportunites include the Infirmary at The Great New York State Fair, concerts at the St. Joseph's Health Ampitheater at Lakeview, as well as concerts and Syracuse University football and basketball games at the JMA Wireless Dome.


An optional, but encouraged operational opportunity, includes a robust air medical experience with LifeNet of New York consisting of both rotor-wing and fixed-wing operations.  This includes completion of AirMethods orientation and indoctrination in Denver, CO so that the fellow flies as a third clinician on the crew being able to provide medical care during scene and interfacility calls.  The Fellow also participates in educational and CQI activities, but encouraged operational opportunity, includes provision of tactical medical support for the Syracuse Police Department's S.W.A.T. team, which trains regularly and executes numerous high-risk search warrants.


Upstate's Emergency Medicine Simulation Technology and Training (EM-STAT) hosts an internal simulation center and serves as the primary site for resident and fellow didactics, as well as BLS, ACLS and PALS courses.  The EMS Fellow is supported in their clinical, administrative, and research endeavors by administrative and research staff within the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Benefits include access to office space, financial support to attend educational courses, local, regional and national meetings, textbooks, and EM/EMS apparel and equipment.  Additionally, the EMS Fellow holds an academic appointment and receives compensation for clinical shifts in the emergency department (for EM residency graduates).

Fellowship Description


Fellowship Experiences

The SUNY Upstate EMS fellowship provides fellows the following experiences to achieve core curriculum goals:

  1. Didactic curriculum and EMS core lecture series:
    • EMS Medicine Core Topics
    • Clinical Foundations (Emergency Medicine Board Review)
    • Fellows' Research Seminar Series
    • EMS Journal Club
    • Tactical Emergency Medical Support didactics and training
    • Fire and Rescue Operations didactics and training
    • Pre-hospital interventions didactic and training.
  2. Participation in EMS Medical Direction (initial and continuing education, continuous quality improvement, field response, medical oversight, and administrative functions).
  3. Completion of an EMS research project within the one year fellowship term.
  4. Completion of an EMS system/agency Patient Safety / Quality Improvement project.
  5. Participation in National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) Medical Directors Course and Practicum and Annual Meeting.
  6. Participation and observerships with local, regional and state committees and organizations:
    • CNY EMS Regional EMS Council (REMSCo)
    • CNY EMS Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC)
    • New York State EMS Council (SEMSCo)
    • New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC)
  7. Participation with Communication Center operations, training and quality oversight activities.
    • AMR Communications Center.
    • Oswego County E-911 Center
  8. Participation with the LifeNet Central as a Flight Physician.  Opportunity for air medical education and CQI case reviews.
  9. Participation in primary prehospital provider education via the Upstate Paramedic Program.
  10. Participation in annual local and regional prehospital education.

We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our program and to discuss SUNY Upstate Emergency Medicine and life in Central New York. In order to initiate the application process, please send a copy of your letter of interest and your current CV to:

EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship
c/o Jodi Butterfield - Program Coordinator
550 East Genesee Street, Suite 103
Syracuse, NY 13202

[email protected]

Fellowship Faculty

EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship Faculty:

Research & Education:

Program Coordinator:

Jodi Butterfield
EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
EMSTAT Center, 550 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

[email protected]


Application Process

We are proud to offer one of the most developed, comprehensive, and advanced EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowships in the country. Please email complete applications to Jodi Butterfield at [email protected] for consideration for the 2024-2025 Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Fellowship.

The NRMP offers The Match for EMS Fellowships.

Please have completed applications sent in by September 1, 2023 so we can arrange for interviews. Send in application material as soon as it’s available and let us know of any extenuating circumstances (such as pending letter of recommendations) so we can take that into consideration. Completed applications are considered at the time of receipt, and we will arrange interviews accordingly.

Interviews will be scheduled online, on September 18th and September 25th.  There will be additional dates in October, please check back.  A private link will be sent to each canditate prior to the scheduled interview.

The NRMP Match ranking closes on October 25, 2023 at 9:00pm.

Application requirements:

  1. Up-to-date CV
  2. All steps of USMLE
  3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (one (1) from your current EM Program Director)

Please contact Jodi Butterfield at [email protected] with any further inquiries.

Former Fellows


Lindsay Nausin, DO - 2023
Gregory Sun, DO - 2021
Benjamin Litman, DO - 2020
Jordan Holliday, MD - 2019
W. Seth Dukes, MD - 2016
Erin Wirths, DO - 2015
Susan Schreffler, MD - 2014
Charles Beaudette, MD - 2013
Harry J. Wallus, DO, MPH - 2012
Jeremy Joslin, MD - 2011
Naveen Seth, MD, MBA, EMT-B - 2010
John Lyng, MD NREMT-P - 2009
Lalainia Secreti, MD - 2005
Peter Cuenca, MD - 2005
Christopher J. Fullagar, MD - 2004