Director of Emergency Medical Services Programs

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Harbor-UCLA)


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Harbor-UCLA) is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center in Torrance, California. Harbor-UCLA serves as a crucial Department of Health Services (DHS) safety net hospital for the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, and it boasts a decades-long track record of exceptional care delivery, education, and innovation. The Los Angeles County DHS is the nation’s second largest metropolitan health system. The DHS mission is to “advance the health of our patients and our communities by providing extraordinary care,” and its vision is to be, “recognized nationally as a model integrated health system.” The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Harbor-UCLA has more than 90,000 patient visits annually from a largely underserved population. The DEM has a storied history as one of the nation’s first Emergency Medi- cine residencies, the site of the first formal paramedic training program, and has a track record of outstanding training and highly influential faculty contributions in clinical care, education, leadership, research, and innovation.

Harbor-UCLA is a key teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. UCLA consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top medical schools and health systems, and its mission is to “deliver leading-edge patient care, research, education, and community engagement.”

Primary Duties


Administrative and Educational Duties

The Director of Emergency Medical Services Programs (DEMSP) will be a leader within the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM). At the direction of the DEM Chair and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, the DEMSP will oversee all key EMS-related functions, including medical direction of the Harbor base station, resident and attending physician base station training, EMS-related education of EM residents and EMS fellows, emergency department participation in disaster exercises, prehospital, resuscitation, and disaster-related committee service, prehospital and resuscitation-related quality improvement efforts, and departmental liaison to the LA County EMS Agency and other DHS EMS-related entities. More broadly, the DEMSP will implement and optimize programs including but not limited to best practices in the immediate and longitudinal resuscitation of critically ill and injured patients, community first aid and bystander care, creative delivery of value-based out-of-hospital emergency care, hospital and regional disaster preparedness, and broad educational outreach for prehospital clinicians and the public. The DEMSP will be expected to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including other EMS and Disaster faculty, clinical and nursing leaders in the DEM and throughout Harbor-UCLA, as well as colleagues throughout DHS, LA County, and academic and govern- mental partners.

As a full-time faculty member at a premier academic institution with emergency medicine resident and fellow training and student educational programs, the DEMSP will be expected to: attend EM Faculty meetings, pre- sent progress to DEM executive leadership, attend ED Community Council meetings, and a variety of other operational and EMS related meetings for Harbor-UCLA and DHS, interview residency applicants, contribute regularly to the residency didactic curriculum, and attend DEM conferences. Additional meetings and duties may be assigned by the Chair or Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. Faculty are expected to dedicate sufficient effort to administrative and education duties to achieve excellent results.

Clinical Duties

The DEMSP will provide clinical coverage in the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments and will be as- signed shifts providing direct patient care, including nights, weekends, and holidays, according to DEM practices. The shift load may vary, at the discretion of the Chair, based on departmental needs. During these clinical shifts, the faculty member will be responsible for the education and supervision of various learners, including medical students, nurse practitioners, resident physicians, fellows, as well as the provision of direct patient care. The faculty member will be expected to evaluate both learners and peers on a regular basis.

Scholarly and Academic Activities

The DEMSP will be expected to produce academic and creative work. The creative work may span a variety of areas including original research, quality improvement projects, health services research, educational re- search, or policy creation. The incumbent will work with the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and research faculty to plan and guide scholarly activities. These efforts should result in publications that advance knowledge and demonstrate the impact of the faculty member’s work. The DEMSP must merit appointment at the academic rank of non-tenured Health Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor or higher in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Required Qualifications

Faculty candidates must be board certified in Emergency Medicine by either the American Board of Emergency Medicine or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. Emergency Medicine Services subspecialty certification or eligibility is required. Additional education with a graduate degree in business, public health, emergency management, or healthcare leadership is highly desired. The ideal DEMSP candidate should possess a rich portfolio of skills and experiences related to EMS operations and leadership. The candidate should have a keen interest in creative emergency healthcare delivery for underserved prehospital populations and possess a strong interest and commitment to both innovative change and continuous improvement. Prior experience in direct supervision of EMS organizations, as well as a prior track record of teamwork, coalition building, and leading diverse teams to achieve meaningful outcomes are highly desirable. Previous work in a safety net or government hospital, as well as significant experience with government agencies, is also desirable. The candidate should have strong problem-solving capabilities, quantitative skills, and proven proficiency in operations data analysis.

The County of Los Angeles is an active equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to:

Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, MHCDS, FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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