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Emergency Medicine Health Policy Fellowship

There is no greater place in the country to learn health policy than in the city where policy is made, regulations are set, and major research is accomplished. The MedStar Health Emergency Medicine Health Policy Fellowship is a unique one-year program focused on three main pillars: policy education, policy experience, and clinical work.

Policy Education

The fellow will complete a year-long didactic program at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University culminating in a Certificate in Health Policy. Classes will occur two evenings a week during the academic year. The McCourt School of Public Policy offers world-renowned graduate programs with distinguished faculty who have extensive experience in Washington policy making.

Policy Experience

The core of the fellowship program is experiential learning in health policy. Most of the fellow’s time will be spent on-site at agencies or with organizations that do substantial policy work. The three experiences include:

  1. Legislative experience - Complete a staff-level experience working in the office of a Member of the House of Representatives or on a major health committee.
  2. Organizational experience - Our organizational partner is the Association of American Medical Colleges. The AAMC is a trade association founded in 1876, based in Washington, D.C., representing academic medical centers (teaching hospitals, medical schools, and academic societies). For more information on the opportunities for the Fellow at AAMC, click here.
  3. Lobbying experience - Lobbyists do much of the “leg work” in Washington. Lobbyists develop strategies, meet with Congressional staff, and attend hearings. One rotation will be spent in the office of one of the major lobbying firms in Washington that specializes in health care. 

Clinical Work

The fellow will have the opportunity to moonlight with MedStar Health emergency medicine physicians. The clinical sites include high acuity, high volume emergency departments in Washington, D.C., with the opportunity to teach and mentor medical students and residents.

Fellowship Partners

Our organizational partner is the Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Health Care Affairs Unit. The AAMC has two offices in Washington, D.C. The following opportunities are available:

  1. Direct role in active Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) alternative payment and delivery programs including:
    • Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) project: AAMC serves as a facilitator for 20 academic medical centers. The fellow will have the opportunity to learn about the national bundled payment effort through AAMCs proprietary BPCI curriculum, engage in data analysis of leading academic medical center data in the risk phases of the program, and develop policy expertise in focused areas such as the role of the ED in care redesign and readmission reduction, physician gain sharing with ED providers, and develop post-acute care expertise. It is also possible for the fellow to make onsite visits to leading academic medical centers in this program.
    • The eConsult grant is a CMMI Health Care Innovation award, which seeks to improve the speed and quality of communication between specialists and PCPs in 5 academic medical centers nationally. The fellow could engage in team meetings, data analysis, and EPIC protocols to enhance consultation in key specialty areas.
    • Alternative payment strategy research in accountable care organizations, specialty outpatient bundles, and full risk models, including presenting to AAMC staff regarding policy direction.
  2. Additionally, the fellow will have the opportunity to engage regulatory specialists in graduate medical education, hospital and physical practice payment policy, quality outcome measurement, and workforce studies.


  • Full-time employee of MedStar Health, which includes full medical and dental benefits
  • Full funding of the Certificate in Health Policy
  • Salary supplemented by ED moonlighting (salary range $90,000-$100,000)


Board eligible or board certified in emergency medicine by American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest (this must include a statement of interest in the McCourt School of Public Policy Certificate Program)
  • Two letters of recommendation (including one from the department chair or program director)
  • Undergraduate transcript (for the graduate program)

Contact Information

Michael Ybarra, MD, FAAEM
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Fellowship Director, Health Policy Fellowship
Chair, Government and National Affairs
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
[email protected]

Application Process

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