King County is known as the best place in the world to have a heart attack. The survival rate to hospital discharge of EMS-treated, bystander-witnessed ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest victims in Seattle and the surrounding communities has remained 55% over the past several years.

What percentage of bystander-witnessed cardiac arrest victims with ventricular fibrillation survive in your community?

ALNW Graves Airfield

The University of Washington EMS fellowship is designed to immerse the fellow in all aspects of ground and air EMS medicine.

EMS within Seattle and King County serves 2.2 million people. Through a variety of experiences on the front line of care and operations, our EMS fellows gain extensive experience with fire and third service-based EMS, coordination of air medical services, interagency communications, research and administration.

What makes the University of Washington EMS Fellowship unique?


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 exposes you to  solutions outside the traditional Emergency Medicine body of knowledge.

Medic One

The intensive care 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 improve their patient care,  and come to work every day with a thirst for 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 property tax revenue, no patients receive bills for EMS ALS service. This tight integration between the community and the EMS system provides tremendous advantages. 

Additionally, Airlift Northwest, the flight service you work with, covers an astonishingly large geographic area. In the role of flight physician, you retrieve patients from the smallest clinics in Alaska, single coverage EDs throughout the Pacific 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 types 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 this community.

The majority of Paramedic Training activities are accomplished at Harborview Medical Center. For more information, please visit the UW Paramedic Training Program website.