Emergency Medical Services Fellowship

EMS is an exciting and dynamic area of medicine and since being recognize as an official subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties, it has grown even more. Our program has been graduating EMS fellows since 1990. We also had the honor of being one of the first EMS Fellowships accredited by the ACGME in 2013.

ECU offers a one-year ACGME accredited program that covers the core content of EMS. This is accomplished by formal didactics, mentorship, simulation training and hands-on experience.  The fellow will be exposed to both urban and rural setting within different types of EMS systems, such as Non-Emergency transport agencies, Fire-Based model, and Third Service model.


The fellow will also have experience with EastCare, our critical care transport service that includes ICU trucks and Critical Care Air transport. The fellow will provide direct medical oversight and prehospital care through our Physician Response Vehicle as part of Pitt County EMS. The fellow will assist Pitt County’s Medical Director in provider education and in Quality Assurance activities.

In addition to activities with Pitt County EMS, the fellow will be exposed to other EMS experiences like the following Mass Gathering Events:

  1. ECU home Football games
  2. Halloween downtown celebration – EMS coverage
  3. MCAS Cherry Point – Airshow
  4. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base – Airshow
  5. Outer Banks marathon
  6. Dash for Cash - race

The new fellow will be given the academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Brody School of Medicine. He will work clinical shifts in both Vidant Medical Center (VMC) and Vidant Beaufort Hospital. VMC is a Level  I trauma Center with 58 ED beds and a dedicated 16 bed Children’s ED It is located in the eastern part of North Carolina in Greenville with 981 total beds. It serves an estimated 1.4 million people in 29 counties and if the is the primary teaching hospital for ECU Brody School of Medicine with an estimated 125,000 visits per year.  Vidant Beaufort is located in Washington, about 35 minutes from Greenville. It has 14 ED beds and it is a full service community hospital.  Additional areas of practice include a Minor ED with 10 beds and a Chest Pain/Observation area with a 10 bed capacity, both located in Greenville, NC.

If you are not familiar with Greenville, we welcome you to get to know this growing city. Pitt County, Greenville is the 10th largest city of North Carolina. With an estimated population of 89, 130 residents in 2013, it is a growing and young city. It is home to East Carolina University, the second-largest university in the University of North Carolina system and Vidant Medical Center, the flagship hospital for Vidant health.


If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Theodore R. Delbridge, MD, MPH, FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, EMS Fellowship