Calendar + News

October 2016: The NYC Ambulance History page on Facebook now exceeds 1,000 documents related to the history of ambulance work in New York City and exceeds 1,300 members! 

 June 2016: My thoughts on the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) Conference in Dublin: Article in EMSWorld and Interview by Richmond Ambulance Authority CEO Rob Lawrence's Word on the Street Column: Sharing the Craic on SMACC 

June 2016: Professor Phelps is now a peer reviewer for the Irish Journal of Paramedicine

June 2016: Professor Phelps spoke at the World Conference on Disaster Management.

June 2016: Professor Phelps spoke at the FEMA Higher Education Conference.

May 2016: Professor Phelps' letter to the editor in response to this article: How a $2,000 ambulance ride reveals the Mafia-like nature of health care providers, insurance companies in the New York Daily News.

May 2016: Professor Phelps spoke on Public Relations & HIPAA at the Zoll Users Conference in Denver, Colorado.  Here is the handout, the powerpoint, and the audio file (scratchy on new shirt, but audible.)

March 2016: Professor Phelps is now a peer reviewer for the British Paramedic Journal.

March 14th, 2016: The NYC Ambulance History Project celebrates 43 years of paramedic care in New York City and is now an affiliate museum of the National EMS Museum.

March 2016: Professor Phelps speaks on Messaging Apps at the Disaster Recovery International Conference in Atlanta, GA. (The powerpoint & the audio)

February 2016: Professor Phelps is now a peer reviewer for the European Journal of Emergency Medicine.

December 2015: Professor Phelps, in partnership with the Hoch Center for Emergency Medicine, met with senior staff of Beijing Emergency Ambulance 120 staff to discuss the US EMS system as Beijing is in the process of updating their EMS system. 

The NYC Ambulance History page on Facebook now exceeds 800 documents related to the history of ambulance work in New York City and exceeds 1,000 members within the first year! 

September 2015: Professor Phelps meets with Hong Kong Fire EMS.

 The 2015 Ambulance Science Fellowship and Disaster Science Fellowship Programs are full!  

The next Ambulance Science Fellowship and Disaster Science Fellowship Programs begin in September 2016.

Loudon Fire Rescue EMS Captain Daniel Neal, MS, FAcEM, PhD talks about his experience as an Ambulance Science Fellow in the July 2015 EMSWorld:

Professor Phelps met with senior officials at Tokyo Fire Department EMS on January 9th, 2015

Professor Phelps met with senior officals at Ningbo EMS (China) on October 13th, 2014.

Ambulance Science Magazine and Disaster Science Magazine are now available on Flipboard.

Professor Phelps met with senior officals at Buenos Aires EMS on February 9th, 2013.



More Information
What's on Our Mind?


Knowing Theory Helps Good Medics Become Great

The Ambulance Science Fellowship is a global, online 1-year intensive graduate-level learning program where participants read and discuss the most important topics in Ambulance Science. The program is designed for the mid-career professional (current Fellows have more than 10 years of experience, on average), and although it will focus on graduate-level discussion (1/3 of Fellows have a doctorate or are doctoral candidates, another 1/3 have at least a Masters), participants are not required to have a previous college degree.  The Emergency Management Academy works with ambulance agencies, researchers, and regulators from around the world and is a member and proud sponsor of the National EMS Management Association

How Does it Work?

Participants read the equivalent of three books a month (10,000 pages overall), discuss six key questions in a threaded web-based discussion as they read, then participate in a facilitated weekly 90-minute online conference call centered around six discussion questions led by participants (so each student will have to prepare and lead one discussion question roughly every other week.)  The Academy provides you with a Kindle with the readings already on it.

Is the Ambulance Science Fellowship For Me?

The Fellowship is designed as the only program in applied ambulance science in the world.  It is NOT a clinical program, nor is it a management program- it is a theory program where we discuss WHO should provide ambulance care, WHAT ambulance systems are supposed to do, WHERE care should take place, WHEN care should take place, and HOW ambulance systems can be structured. We are looking for medics who learn best by reading-and-discussing, who are interested in really mastering the theory behind ambulance science and for mid- to senior-level medics who do not have a degree but do want to learn and discuss how theory applies to their practice.  

How Big Will My Cohort Be?

Each cohort will have no more than 12 participants, so we can ensure a high-level professional discussion. 

Why Develop a Program That is Not a University Degree or Certification?

In one word: Mastery.  We have been paramedics for more than 25 years and spent that entire time wondering about the structure and the meaning of ambulance systems.  After starting the Disaster Science Fellowship, we realized that over 70% of our Disaster Science Fellows were paramedics or physicians working in EMS.  So after 2 more years of careful thinking, we were sure that we wanted to develop another Fellowship to talk about ambulance issues.  Surprisingly (or perhaps not), there are NO graduate-level programs in the world designed to focus on the underlying theory behind ambulance systems.

Mastery, as one of the best human motivators, is discussed in this GREAT video by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.  (We promise that it is worth viewing!)

Are There Tests?

Participants will receive an weekly evaluation of honors, high pass, pass, or fail based on the three components of email discussion, presentation of the discussion question (as assigned), and participation. 

What Do I Get In The End?

When participants complete the program, they will have mastered the Body of Knowledge and will be awarded the title "Ambulance Science Fellow (ASF)."

What Are the Experts Saying?

“....With over 26 years in EMS, I felt I knew the major issues well. I was wrong. The Academy brought together excellent resources coupled with Professor Phelps’ inquisitive facilitation to deeply analyze these issues....After diving into the body of knowledge, I found myself wanting to participate more actively in the future of ambulance science.”-Daniel J. Neal, PhD, Paramedic, Captain, Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management and 2014 Ambulance Science Fellow

“I decided to apply for the Ambulance Science Fellowship with the Emergency Management Academy for two main reasons.  I’m interested in ambulance system theory but because I already hold a PhD, I did not think an EMS graduate degree would be beneficial to me. Second, I was already enrolled in the Disaster Science Fellowship and enjoying it very much.   Professor Phelps being a seasoned paramedic, emergency manager, and consultant has the ability to bring the body of knowledge to life.”-Professor William McDonald, PhD, Paramedic, Professor of Paramedic Sciences at Jersey City Medical Center EMS and 2013 Disaster Science Fellowship Candidate

"The Fellowship offers a excellent opportunity to conduct a meaningful discussion among motivated professionals who critically unwrap the various layers of complexity in the field of emergency management (or EMS). It allowed me to view this field through different lenses."- Professor George W. Contreras, MPH, MS, FAcEM, Paramedic, Associate Professor and Director, Allied Health Sciences.  Director, Paramedic Program, The City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College.  Former Director, Emergency Medical Services, St. Clare's Hospital (NYC) 

“The Ambulance Science Fellowship provides students with an international perspective of universal problems within the profession of pre-hospital emergency medicine.  This program enables students to begin the transformation of emergency medical services from within their local jurisdictions with the cumulative effect of correcting and strengthening the profession as a whole.”-Christopher Neuwirth, MA, FAcEM, Paramedic. New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, Trenton, NJ

"If EMS is going to grow as a profession, the next generation of leaders is going to have to know much more than how to respond to calls.  They need to know our history, and the medical, political, social, and financial environments we operate in, and the only way to do that is to study the work of those that came before and laid the foundations of EMS.  You cant make good managerial decisions unless you have some idea of what works and what doesn't, and that means looking beyond your own system for best practices and keeping an open mind.  That body of knowledge is out there, and the Fellowship brings it together and challenges the participants to examine it and expand their comfort zone."-Professor Gene Iannuzzi, RN, MPA, CEN, EMT-P, EMS Program Director, Borough of Manhattan Community College

What If I Need an Advanced Degree, Instead?

If the Fellowship isn't right for you right now and you need a graduate degree, here is  a direct link to every Master's and Doctorate-level program that we knew of from around the world: 

Online Institutions

Australia & New Zealand


South Africa




(If you know of a graduate program directly related to ambulance work that we don’t list here, please drop us a line so we can add their program!)

What If I Need a Bachelor Degree, Instead?

distance1 = Available through distance education

Australia & New Zealand



South Africa