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Specialty Tracks

The Emergency Medicine Residency program at IU School of Medicine offers five separate, voluntary tracks for residents who can choose to focus on academic, advocacy, global health, administration or EMS. These options afford residents the opportunity to tailor their career focus to specific interests in these three areas and gain valuable experience prior to graduation.


The academic track prepares residents for a successful career in academic emergency medicine and provides insight on academic career pathways and experiences in writing, teaching and leadership. The track is organized into sub-tracks that provide more in-depth experiences in specific academic niche areas, including education, simulation, research, toxicology and ultrasound.


The advocacy track prepares physician leaders in emergency medicine to be the voices and advocates of health care change in society. The advocacy track provides patient-centered advocacy strategies and teaches the basic principles of health policy and interaction with the legislative process. This training is accomplished through mentoring, modeling, education and outreach, information flow, and innovations in scholarships.


The EMS track prepares residents to serve as community-based EMS medical directors after graduation and provides a solid stepping-stone for work in larger metropolitan areas by priming the resident for an EMS fellowship. The EMS track consists of several subspecialties, including motorsports medicine, mass gathering medicine, tactical EMS, urban search and rescue, and pediatric EMS.


The administrative track provides residents with a foundation for a career in health care administration and operations. Residents on this track work side by side with local health care leaders, including medical directors as well as faculty in leadership positions within the larger health system. Residents complete LEAN training and obtain (at minimum) a green belt and participate in multiple administrative projects.

Global Health

The Global Health track utilizes resources from the IU School of Medicine and is customized for emergency physicians to learn about global health in the U.S. and internationally. Residents on this track members work with refugee populations in Indianapolis, learn from didactic sessions quarterly, and rotate at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, to gain a better understanding of global health advocacy, uncommon disease processes, and resource-constrained medicine.