Disaster Preparedness and Health Care Leadership Fellowship

The Disaster Preparedness and Health Care Leadership Fellowship is a one-year program focusing on emergency medicine and health care disaster preparedness. Designed for a graduate of emergency medicine residency, the fellowship focuses on advancing knowledge and practice, academic focus, and administration and management. As a fellow, you will work as a fully credentialed attending, spending 60 percent of your time providing clinical care at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West Emergency Departments. You will learn how to use medical oversight, system design, emergency management, and health system operations lead clinical operations and disaster preparedness/response at a departmental, hospital, or health care system level. Graduates of the fellowship will be prepared for a junior-level leadership role in emergency medicine or health system management. We accept one fellow each year. The director of the program is Michael Redlener, MD, FAEMS.

The objectives of the fellowship are to:

  • Develop expertise in clinical aspects of disaster medicine
  • Learn about health care readiness policy and practice in the context of health care delivery
  • Understand the intersection of emergency medicine, health care delivery, and emergency management
  • Develop the skills of highly motivated emergency physicians in clinical operations, quality improvement, service excellence, general leadership, and financial management


During the fellowship, you will be a fully participating member of the Emergency Department (ED) management and leadership team with a focus on building and strengthening the disaster preparedness and response program. You will receive a variety of committee assignments and projects and will be asked to lead meaningful change in the department. Additionally, as a member of the ED management team, you will become proficient in clinical operations, patient safety, education, and quality improvement. The fellowship director and administrative leadership team will provide mentorship and supervision. You will also be able to build an individualized program based on your interests. 

The fellow will rotate through departments within the Mount Sinai Health System, including emergency medicine, emergency management, clinical command center, research division and emergency medical services/interfacility transfer service, as well as with external New York City agencies and other health care preparedness organizations. You will develop expertise in disaster medicine, the disaster preparedness cycle, training and exercise development, and emergency management program operations that meets or surpasses national guidelines. 

The fellow will be a core member of Mount Sinai’s Center for Health Care Readiness (CHR), which is a national leader in bringing health care resources to the forefront of response to public health emergencies and disasters. You will be a member of CHR and will participate in all areas of its work, including research, implementation, policy, and education. In addition, you will develop a fellowship project/program with support from a wide range of research, policy, and implementation experts.  

Upon graduating, you will able to work effectively with other departments to enhance patient safety, navigate patient experience, develop strategic models, and solve operational issues. You will gain experience and expertise to be an effective and transformative leader in any type of emergency department. You will understand important metrics, budget issues, and quality and safety initiatives. In addition, you will have the skills to implement sustainable changes.

Fellowship Activities

The fellow will be involved with a variety of activities:

  • Participating in select Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West ED leadership meetings
  • Joining in select Mount Sinai Health System ED service line meetings
  • Participating in Mount Sinai fellowship academic and training sessions
  • Taking part in CHR meetings
  • Leading hospital, service-line, and department-based emergency preparedness and response
  • Collaborating with simulation division to improve impact of disaster drills and exercises
  • Leading designated projects in health care readiness
  • Developing academic/research projects in health care readiness and acute care systems
  • Performing clinical shifts at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West
  • Participating in Event medicine opportunities


Fellow will participate in the following rotations:

  • System emergency management
  • Clinical command center and transfer center operations
  • Emergency medical service operations and quality
  • Hospital administration
  • Quality and safety
  • Emergency medicine operations and administration


The fellow will have dedicated didactic sessions taught by members of the Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Preparedness, ED leadership, residency, nursing, and hospital administration teams. You will attend regular lectures or individual meetings to be scheduled based on your clinical schedule and lecturer availability. In addition, you will have core didactics in leadership along with other emergency medicine fellows. 

Additional Training Opportunities

Fellows will also enjoy several additional learning opportunities, including:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency and Center for Disaster Preparedness training courses
  • Health Care Quality leadership courses, Institute for Healthcare Improvement/LEAN training
  • Certificate in Emergency Management
  • Regional Emergency Medical Services Council physician certification

How to Apply

Applicants should be residency trained in EM or pediatric EM at board-certified or board-eligible status.

Please send your CV, cover letter and two or three letters of recommendation to michael.redlener@mountsinai.org.