National Association of EMS Physicians

NAEMSP/Stryker Award

2024 EMS Medicine Early Career Medical Director Award
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Deadline: November 30


NAEMSP has teamed up with Stryker to reimagine our joint career development opportunities – in lieu of our previous EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship, we’ve created a new 24-month, $60,000 funding opportunity. The EMS Medicine Early Career Medical Director Award will fund a supervised career development experience in emergency medical services for one candidate with aptitude, talent and potential as a an EMS physician medical director. This award will support the transition from EMS fellow to independent EMS physician at an academic institution and/or health system with involvement in a ground or air medical EMS system.


  • Educational Activities
  • Operational Medical Direction
  • Quality Improvement


Expectation is that the applicant will meet all qualifications for American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) EMS subspecialty certification.

  1. Diplomate in good standing of any American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS)
  2. The physician must be in compliance with the ABEM or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Policy on Medical Licensure. Licenses must be valid, full, unrestricted and unqualified, except for current fellows of  ACGME accredited programs who may possess an educational or temporary license.
  3. Completion of ACGME fellowship at the time of initiation of the award
  4. Current NAEMSP membership
  5. Initiation of award within first 5 years post fellowship training.
  6. Affiliation with healthcare system and/or academic institution
  7. Affiliation with EMS system
  8. Identification of mentor


  • Before submitting the application, the candidate must identify a mentor who will supervise the proposed career development experience. The mentor on this career award serves to supervise the candidate’s proposed career development experience.
  • The mentor should be an active EMS Medical Director.
  • The mentor should be committed both to the candidate’s career development plan and to the direct supervision of the candidate’s plan.


  • Only online applications are accepted.
  • All questions must be answered and supporting documentation uploaded to the NAEMSP® electronic submission site. 
  • November 30 submission deadline is firm. No exceptions.

Supporting Documentation

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation uploaded as part of the completed application.
    • One letter of support from the applicant's mentor, speaking to impact and feasibility.
    • Two additional letters of support from both the Academic Institution/Healthcare System and the EMS agency the applicant will be affiliated with during the award period.
  • Interrogative and affirmed attestation statements.
  • Workplan outlining clearly the goals and objectives, as well as proposed timeline for completion.

Application Process

  • Each applicant will be judged based on his/her potential for a career as an EMS medical director and potential to become a national leader in EMS.
  • Applications must outline clearly the goals and objectives of the project. 
  • The Award is designated for the successful applicant and dispersed to the academic or healthcare institution.

Use of Award Dollars

  • Award is for 24 months of contiguous support.
  • Award will be issued July 1 of each year for $30,000 to the institution/healthcare system. (Total funding of $60,000 over 2 years)
  • Award is intended to support the applicant’s career development activities.
    • No funds may be used for facilities and administrative costs (“indirects”).
    • No funds may be used for mentorship salary, secretarial support, equipment, or vehicle costs.
    • No funds may be used retrospectively.  Funds may only support ongoing and future work. 
    • Funds may be used to support the applicant’s salary and benefits.
    • Funds may be used for educational travel expenses.
  • Prior to dispersal of funds, host fellowship program must submit a 12-month budget to NAEMSP® for final approval.

Awardee Requirements & Expectations

  • Attend the NAEMSP® Annual Meeting.
  • Maintain NAEMSP® membership in good standing.
  • Provide 1- and 2-year progress reports that can be shared with the industry sponsor and NAEMSP Annual Report.
  • Visit the industry sponsors, at their invitation, for a mutually educational exchange of ideas and information.

Eligible Educational Opportunities

  • National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
    • Medical Directors Course
    • Advanced Medical Directors Course
    • Quality and Safety Course
  • Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS)
    • Medical Transport Leadership Institute undergraduate program
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
    • Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills (EMBRS) course
  • Air Medical Physicians Association (AMPA)
    • Air Medical Physician Symposium
    • Medical Director Core Curriculum
  • Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS)
    • CONTOMS Medical Director’s course
    • EMT-T course
  • Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
    • Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design (ARMED) course
    • Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design in Medical Education (ARMED MedEd) course
  • Wilderness EMS Training
    • Wilderness EMT course
  • National Association of EMS Educators Conference
    • Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor Course
    • Lesson Planning Course
Only online applications accepted. 


2023 Fellow​ship Winner

The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) and Stryker, the world leader in emergency medical response technologies, announce Christopher Root, MD, NRP as the winner of the NAEMSP® / Stryker EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship.

"I am honored to have been selected to receive the 2023 NAEMSP/Stryker Fellowship. I plan to use the funding offered by the fellowship to focus on improving prehospital care for marginalized communities. This fellowship will allow me to collaborate with and learn from experts locally, nationally and internationally and I am so thankful for the support of NAEMSP and Stryker as I enter the next phase of my career in EMS."

Christopher will complete his fellowship at the University of New Mexico.


The purpose of NAEMSP/Stryker Fellowship is to train individuals for a career as a clinically focused EMS medical director who is board-certified in EMS medicine, to expand the commitment of academic institutions to EMS medicine as a subspecialty and to graduate a fellow with a passion for EMS leadership on a national level.


Award Contacts:

Janese Nichols
Stryker Medical

JerrieLynn Kind
(913) 222-8654​

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