EMS Fellowship

The EMS Division

As of October 1, 2012, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is the newest recognized subspecialty of Emergency Medicine, now boasting over 45 ACGME accredited fellowships. Created in 2014, the mission of the University of Louisville’s Department of Emergency Medicine’s Division of EMS is twofold: to provide both service and education to our community.

The EMS fellowship at the University of Louisville Department of Emergency Medicine features the opportunity to train in numerous settings including a large "3rd service" EMS, fire-based, rural, air medical, and pediatric critical care transport services. The Metro Louisville area has a population of approximately 1 million and is well known for its friendly  hospitality and a wealth of great independent restaurants.  The Division of EMS has 3 full-time faculty members and is supported by additional part-time faculty.  Among the highlights of the program:

  • EMS Fellow and faculty response vehicles
  • Faculty members with decades of EMS experience at local, state, national and international levels.
  • Critical-care ground and air medical experiences
  • Mass gathering medicine at Kentucky Derby, marathons, Iron-Man competition, PGA
  • Experience in a state-of-the-art PSAP/Communications/Dispatch center
  • Clinical experience in the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region

Educational activities include teaching Emergency Medicine (EM) residents the components of the EM curriculum that overlap with the EMS specialty as well as providing pre-hospital personnel with high quality instruction via both initial certification programs and continuing medical education classes.

Application Process

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-2023 fellowship year.

To apply, please submit the following items:

  • NRMP Match Application via the NRMP website.
  • Completed application and all requested attachments as noted on the application form to akbjel01@louisville.edu.  You will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt. If you do not receive this acknowledgment, please call Alescia McKeel to verify receipt at 502-852-1035.
  • Letters of support/recommendation should be sent directly from the letter author to akbjel01@louisville.edu

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and based on review, you may be contacted to set up an interview.  Interviews will be scheduled throughout August and September.

Dr. Price and Dr. Smock pose with their response vehicles.



Timothy Price, MD

EMS Division Chief, University of Louisville Department of Emergency Medicine
Chair, EMS Committee KY ACEP
Medical Director, Anchorage Fire and EMS
Medical Director, Mercy Ambulance
Medical Director, Louisville Int'l Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire


Bill Smock, MD

Medical Director, The Institute of Clinical Forensic Medicine and Nursing
Police Surgeon, Louisville Metro Police Department


Daniel O'Brien, MD

Medical Director, Louisville Fire and Rescue


Raymond Orthober, MD

Medical Director, Louisville Metro EMS/EMA/Metrosafe


Tadd Roberts, MD

Medical Director, Yellow EMS
Team Physician, Louisville Metro Police Underwater Search and Rescue Unit
Chair, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, KY ACEP
Assistant Medical Director, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Medical Director, JCC/KCTCS Paramedic Program


Robert Pringle, MD

Medical Director, Air Methods Kentucky



Field Experience Opportunities

In the past, volunteer EMS field experiences available to EM residents have included:

  • Kentucky Oaks
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Thunder over Louisville
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon
  • Ironman Louisville
  • Urban Bourbon Half Marathon
  • PGA Championship/Tour Events, Valhalla Golf Club
  • NCAA Tournament, Yum! Center
  • Intern Fire Day, Louisville Fire and Rescue



Our EMS Fellowship is fully accredited and we are now accepting applications for fellowship.