Disaster Preparedness and Healthcare Leadership Fellowship


The Disaster Preparedness and Healthcare Leadership Fellowship is a one year fellowship for a graduate of emergency medicine residency interested in advancing knowledge and practice, academic focus, administration and oversight of emergency medicine practice and healthcare disaster preparedness. The fellow will incorporate medical oversight, system design, emergency management and health system operations in order to be prepared to lead clinical operations and disaster preparedness/response at a departmental, hospital and system level. Graduates of the fellowship will have multi-faceted training to take a junior level leadership role in emergency medicine or health system leadership.

Fellowship Objectives:

  • Develop expertise in clinical aspects of Disaster Medicine

  • Develop expertise in healthcare readiness policy and practice in the context of healthcare delivery

  • Understand the intersection of emergency medicine, healthcare delivery and emergency management

  • Develop the skills of highly motivated emergency physicians in clinical operations, quality improvement (QI), service excellence, general leadership and financial management.

Program Description

The fellow becomes a full participating member of the ED management and leadership team with a focus on building and strengthening the Disaster Preparedness and Response program. They are given a variety of committee assignments and projects, including those where they are tasked to lead meaningful change in the department. Additionally, as a member of the ED management team, the physician will become proficient in issues related to clinical operations, patient safety, education, and quality improvement. Mentorship and supervision will be provided by the fellowship director and administrative leadership team. The fellow will have an opportunity to build an individualized program based on interest.

The fellow will rotate through Mount Sinai Health System departments including Emergency Medicine, Emergency Management, Clinical Command Center, Research Division and EMS/Interfacility Transfer Service as well as with external New York City agencies and other healthcare preparedness organizations. The fellow will develop expertise in disaster medicine, the disaster preparedness cycle, training and exercise development and emergency management program operations that meets the highest level of national guidelines.

The fellow becomes a core member of the Center for Healthcare Readiness (CHR) of Mount Sinai which is a national leader in bringing healthcare resources to the forefront of response to public health emergencies and disasters. As a member of CHR, the fellow will participate in all areas of CHR work including Research, Implementation, Policy and Education. The fellow will also select a primary focus for

the duration of the fellowship on one of four select areas with the purpose of developing a fellowship project/program with support from a wide range of research, policy and implementation experts.

Upon graduating, the fellow will be capable of working effectively with other departments to enhance patient safety, navigate patient experience, develop strategic models and solve operational issues. The fellow will gain experience and expertise during their tenure that will provide them, upon graduation, with the ability to be an effective and transformative leader in any type of emergency department with confidence to understand important metrics, budget issues, quality and safety initiatives and implement sustainable changes.

Fellowship Activities

  • Participate in select Mount Sinai Morninside and Morningside West ED leadership meetings

  • Participate in select Mount Sinai Health System ED service line meetings

  • Participate in Mount Sinai Fellowship academic and training sessions

  • Participate in Center for Healthcare Readiness meetings

  • Lead hospital, service-line and department-based emergency preparedness and response

  • Collaborate with simulation division to improve impact of disaster drills and exercises

  • Lead designated projects in healthcare readiness space

  • Develop academic/research projects in healthcare readiness and acute care systems space

  • Clinical shifts at Mount Sinai Morningside and West

  • Event Medicine opportunities


  • System Emergency management

  • Clinical command center and transfer center operations

  • EMS operations and quality

  • Hospital administration

  • Quality and Safety

  • Emergency medicine operations and administration


The fellow will have dedicated didactic sessions taught by a member of the Division of EMS and Disaster Preparedness, ED leadership, residency, nursing and/or hospital administration team. Lectures or individual meetings will typically occur on regular intervals but may vary based on the fellow’s clinical schedule and lecturer availability. In addition, the fellow will have core didactics in leadership shared with all emergency medicine fellows in other fields.

Additional training opportunities

  • FEMA and Center for Disaster Preparedness Training Courses

  • Healthcare Quality leadership courses, IHI/ LEAN training

  • Certificate in Emergency Management

  • REMAC physician certification


One academic year (July 1st – June 30th)


1 fellow per year


The fellow will work as a fully credential attending physician with sixty percent clinical hours of full-time faculty at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West Emergency Departments .


Fellowship Director, Michael Redlener, MD, FAEMS (michael.redlener@mountsinai.org)


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


Please send your CV, Cover Letter and 2-3 Letters of Recommendation to michael.redlener@mountsinai.org