Disaster Medicine Fellowship

disaster medicine fellowship students

Disasters are occurring at an ever-increasing rate both in the US and globally. Physicians with training and education in disaster medicine are uniquely positioned to play a key role in leadership/disaster response in pre-hospital, hospital, and community settings.

Our Program:

The Disaster Medicine Fellowship offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Health San Antonio will provide program participants with a well-rounded training program that covers the key competencies of Disaster Medicine, as outlined by SAEM. The program will provide its fellows with training to treat patients in dire circumstances in limited-resource environments under austere conditions.

SAEM Accredited Fellowship

  • Participation in EMTF 8
  • Faculty status
  • Program length: 12-24 months (based on education and career goals; Master’s degree with 24-month program)


  • Developing fellow skills as academic physicians
  • Enhancing fellow’s abilities to serve as providers and leaders who are operationally minded specifically for disaster response.


  • Real-world field training, exercises, and disaster response
  • Didactics
  • Education: both in-person and asynchronous
  • Opportunities to obtain disaster leadership certifications and credentials
  • Teaching opportunities: to the medical, academic, and general communities
  • Research
  • Academic involvement
  • Program administration

Program Format:

The Disaster Medicine Fellowship curriculum will expose participants to numerous other specialty areas in pre-hospital medicine. Program faculty include physicians from the department’s EMS, tactical medicine, global health, wilderness medicine, and operational medicine sections. The Disaster Medicine Fellowship is led by Dr. Romeo Fairley. This program is a non-ACGME accredited fellowship.

The Disaster Medicine Fellowship is based at UT Health San Antonio, but program participants will have opportunities that extend to urban, rural, regional, national, and international disaster response efforts. Organizations fellows can become involved with include STRAC, SAFD, EMTF 8, and Texas Task Force 1.

Completion of a fellowship in Disaster Medicine will position graduates to work as experts within academic medicine as well as provide leadership and operational skills to disaster response teams.

Ready to Apply?

You must be:

  • Eligible for Texas licensure
  • Board certified / board eligible ABEM or AOBEM and / or
  • Must have completed a U.S. ACGME-accredited Residency Program in Emergency Medicine

Please send your questions to the Disaster Medicine Fellowship Director, Dr. Romeo Fairley.

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vita
  • Letter of Intent
  • 2-3 Letters of recommendation, including one from program director

By Email

Program Coordinator

Leticia A. Escobedo



Program Director

Romeo Fairley, MD, MPH, FACEP


By Mail

UT Health San Antonio

Department of Emergency Medicine

Attn: Leticia A. Escobedo

Disaster Medicine Fellowship

7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC7736

San Antonio TX 78229-3900