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Emergency Medical Services

About Us

The Section of EMS, based on the Yale medical campus in New Haven, is the academic center for EMS in the greater New Haven area. Four full-time and two part-time EMS faculty actively participate in EMS activities at the local, state, and national levels. Yale is responsible for medical oversight of the regional EMS system through the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS.

This program provides medical oversight for approximately:

  • 330 paramedics
  • 700 EMTs
  • 115 EMRs
  • 275 dispatchers

from 23 EMS agencies in twelve towns, including:

  • 14 fire departments
  • 2 private ambulance services
  • 4 police EMS services
  • 1 municipal third-service provider
  • 1 campus-based student EMS service
  • the state’s only certified EMS physician response team, the Sponsor Hospital Area Response Physician (SHARP) Team, which is also run out of the Center for EMS office.

The team, currently staffed by six EMS physicians and two physician assistants, provides 24/7/365 coverage to support fire and EMS operations in the greater New Haven area.

Recent responses have included complex extrications, mass casualty incidents, and a bioterrorism hoax. The EMS fellow is an active participant in the SHARP Team, taking independent call once qualified through completion of certain training, including emergency vehicle operations, hazardous materials operations, and incident command.

Virtually any EMS research interest can be accommodated either directly through Section of EMS faculty or through collaboration with other university programs.

The Section of EMS, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship in EMS.