King County is known as the best place in the world to have a heart attack.
We have a 55 percent survival rate of EMS-treated, bystander-witnessed ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest victims in Seattle and the surrounding communities.
What percentage of bystander-witnessed cardiac arrest victims with ventricular fibrillation survive in your community?
The EMS fellowship with the University of Washington and the Seattle and King County Medic One program is designed to immerse the fellow in all aspects of ground and air EMS medicine.
EMS within Seattle and King County serves a population base of 2 million people. Through a variety of experiences on the front line of care and operations, the fellow will gain extensive experience with fire and third service based EMS medicine, coordination of air medical services, interagency communications, research and administration.
What makes the University of Washington EMS Fellowship unique?
Simply, the people.
Faculty you work with come from a variety of specialties including Emergency Medicine, Cardiology / Electrophysiology, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care, among others. This interdisciplinary approach will help you learn about solutions that may be outside the traditional Emergency Medicine body of knowledge.
The paramedics you interact with are phenomenal. Many of them have been with Medic One for 20 or 30 years. They do the job because they love caring for sick patients. They genuinely want to learn how they can better care for patients. They come to work every day excited to learn and with a huge appetite for your knowledge.
The people of our community have a long history of supporting the EMS system. As the Medic One system in Seattle and King County is supported entirely by a levy (property tax) revenue, no bills are sent for ALS care. This tight integration between the community and the EMS system provides tremendous advantages. Additionally, the flight service you work with covers an astonishingly huge area. In the role of flight physician, you retrieve patients from the smallest clinics in Alaska, single coverage EDs throughout the northwest, scene calls from mountain tops to ocean accidents, and transfers from ICUs at facilities near and far.
This broad experience will provide you with plentiful opportunities to learn about EMS systems in all manners of communities as well as the interactions between these systems.
Paramedic Training Program
The University of Washington’s involvement in paramedic education began in 1969 when a small group of Seattle physicians led by Dr. Leonard A. Cobb, a UW Professor of Medicine and Cardiologist at Harborview Medical Center, recognized the potential for saving the lives of heart attack victims in the streets of the communities.