MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management go hand-in-hand. It is not possible to practice Disaster Medicine without having knowledge of and experience in Emergency Management, most of which cannot be obtained through didactic lectures or textbook reading alone. Due to the unique nature of Disaster Preparedness it is necessary for each of these areas to be included in any training program in both an academic and experiential way. There is no program in the world that provides you more opportunity to take part in real disaster preparedness and response than the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine.
What makes the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine different from other training programs is the comprehensive education it provides. Through didactic lectures, seminars, and workshops in Disaster Medicine by our esteemed Harvard faculty, and partnerships with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative ( Boston EMS and the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness ( and others, the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine provides an all-inclusive didactic education. In addition, the fellowship offers a wide variety of field work and hands-on experience, allowing the Fellow to understand the real-world applications of each of these disciplines, and learn through practice how they work together. Research is also an important part of the fellowship, with over 30 peer-reviewed articles published by fellows and faculty in the last 2 years.
The BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine provides didactic and practical training in hospital-based, local, regional, state, federal, and international Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management through diverse educational experiences that include active participation in multi-agency drills, city and regional preparedness committees, and field deployments for major events. These training and response activities are conducted in Boston, Rhode Island and the region, and around the United States. As well, there are multiple international rotations around the world. The fellowship also deploys to real disasters with NGO partners. Our past deployments include the Haiti earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, The Nepal earthquake, and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Recently, fellows have been active during the Covid-19 response.
The faculty of the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine has a vast amount of experience in real-time applications of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management. We all feel the way to learn disaster preparedness and response is not by lecture and reading alone, but rather to participate in its practice through field work and hands-on experience. As a BIDMC Disaster Medicine Fellow you will not be a passive learner but rather an active participant in a vibrant educational program. Upon completion you will join the ever-growing alumni association, now numbering more than 75 from the United States and around the world, and be afforded the opportunity to train future fellows. When you join the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine program you become part of our family.
It is our goal that after graduation fellows will take a leadership position and be active in research and academics, leading to a career as an internationally noted expert in these fields.
WHAT WE DO
Our role is to provide qualified Fellows the opportunity to develop an expertise in the related fields of Disaster Medicine (DM) and Emergency Management (EM).
When you join the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine program you become part of a growing family. Our alumni network are active in disaster response worldwide.