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Disaster Medicine Fellowship

The Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine provides in-depth training in the multiple facets of disaster medicine. The fellowship prepares physicians for leadership positions in disaster response agencies, hospital or public health emergency management organizations, and policy and preparedness organizations.

This one-year fellowship features a multidisciplinary approach to disaster preparedness, response and recovery that enables graduates to focus on systemwide solutions for disaster preparedness and response. The fellowship provides broad exposure to multiple areas of disaster medicine and offers educational experiences at the local, regional, national and international levels.

IU School of Medicine also has a two-year option that includes completion of a master’s degree in public health through the IUPUI Fairbanks School of Public Health.

How to Apply

Prospective fellows must submit their applications to Dr. Roxanna Lefort and Amanda McKay-Simpson. Applications must include a letter of intent/personal statement, two letters of recommendation and curriculum vitae.



Didactics are held every Tuesday from 9 am-noon. There is a blend of textbook review, journal club and presentations from subject matter experts.


Fellows are fully integrated within the Department of Emergency Medicine Division of Out-of-Hospital Care (EMS), as well as all agencies that our EMS division oversees.

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District 5 Health Care Coalition

The fellow assists in the role of clinical advisor for this collaborative network of health care organizations and its respective public and private sector response partners within Indiana District 5. The role includes collaborating in district-wide drills, reviewing surge and other emergency preparedness plans, attending monthly coalition meetings, and providing medical advice to the coalition leaders during actual events.

Indianapolis Fire/EMS

Depending on the disaster medicine fellow’s previous exposure and preference, he/she can choose the degree of involvement and experience within a high-volume, progressive EMS system. The fellow can expect to be involved in monitoring hazmat and mass casualty incidents and planning and medical management during the Indianapolis 500 and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon.

Off-site and Online Education

Many opportunities exist for quality training at off-site locations, whether through formal courses or experiential learning. During a typical year, the disaster medicine fellow attends four or five off-site activities, which are determined on a case-by-case basis with the fellow and the fellowship directors depending on availability and the fellow’s academic interests.

Program Leadership

42687-Lefort, Roxanna

Roxanna Lefort, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

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Clinical Education Coordinator

Amanda McKay-Simpson

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Core faculty
13803-Faris, Gregory

Gregory W. Faris, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

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core faculty
21838-Fitz, Emily

Emily M. Fitz, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

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core faculty
23342-Liao, Mark

Mark Liao, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

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Core Faculty

Justin J. Mast, MA

Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Paramedic Science

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core faculty
12648-O'Donnell, Daniel

Daniel P. O'Donnell, MD, FAEMS, FACEP

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

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core faculty
14618-Weinstein, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Weinstein, MD

Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

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