EMSC Scholars Program

About the program

This program is designed to support early career (<5yrs post-training) clinicians and health-systems professionals to become future leaders in the EMSC space. During this 1-2 year program, EMSC Scholars will work alongside EIIC leaders to develop and implement a unique project focused on a key area(s) of interest. EMSC Scholars’ projects cross two or more areas of interest including advocacy, knowledge translation, knowledge dissemination, marketing and communications, prehospital pediatric readiness, pediatric readiness of emergency departments, quality improvement methodology, analytics, workforce development, health policy, healthcare administration, research, and value-based care.

Appointments: 1-2 years

Time commitment: 2-4 hours/week.

Areas of Interest

Scholars will be expected to work with EIIC leaders to develop a unique project of interest. Projects are intended to be cross-cutting and may involve more than 3 areas; however, in order to ensure appropriate resources and support we ask that each applicant identify their top 3 areas of focus.


Leaders at the Child Health Policy and Advocacy Center at University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies work collaboratively with the EMSC Family Advisory Network to support community engagement, state and national initiatives, and increase awareness of pediatric emergency care needs and healthcare disparities, all the while, placing patients and families at the heart of our work.


The Analytics core drives the development of data management systems to support and measure engagement, progress, and dissemination across our nation’s emergency care landscape. Innovative, user-driven designs steeped in quality improvement methodology are at the core of our efforts.


The EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center works collaboratively with leading national professional societies to develop leadership in pediatric emergency care and oversight of system processes to minimize risk.


The EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center has long-standing relationships with national professional organizations who work tirelessly to bridge gaps in advocacy and policy development to foster equity in pediatric emergency care delivery.


Using multi-modalities including scientific presentations, publications, innovative digital platforms, podcasts, and social media, leaders of the EIIC’s dissemination efforts are seeking new and expansive ways to engage the larger emergency care workforce to meet the emergency care needs of children.


Together with national and international partners, knowledge translation leaders operationalize evidence-derived content into clinical decision support and systems design tools. Well-researched and vetted Pediatric Emergency and Advocacy Kits (PEAK) support the rapid uptake and adoption of outcomes-based practice.


Communication is at the core of the EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center linking the six arm of HRSA EMSC as well as bridging and coordinating efforts across federal entities and professional societies. Leaders use multiple modalities, novel conceptual frameworks, and visualization tools to engage current and future partners.


Each year the majority (>15M) of children seek emergency care in emergency departments that often lack essential resources to meet the needs of critically ill and/or injured children. In the absence of universal standards for licensing or accreditation, we help guide efforts to identify and overcome gaps in pediatric emergency care delivery.


Children account for ~10% of all EMS transports, yet EMS providers often receive limited initial and ongoing pediatric training. Working within EMS systems that were initially designed to primarily meet the needs of adults, the EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center works collaboratively with national partners to develop strategies, resources, and opportunities to improve prehospital emergency care delivery.


Quality improvement science has led to more rapid transformation in healthcare (3-5yrs) than passive uptake of published research thereby shortening time from evidence generation to practice. Through national quality improvement collaboratives that engage a wide range of stakeholders, the EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center seeks to drive broad system-level change in pediatric emergency care delivery.


The EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center Research core seeks to create knowledge and accelerate its journey to implementation by working closely with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) and EMS for Children Targeted Issues grantees to identify and address priority areas in pediatric emergency care.


The triple aim of healthcare includes not just improved health outcomes and patient experience but also minimization of cost. Working from the premise that healthcare value equates to quality over cost, we seek to develop models for return on investment that can drive changes to healthcare policy and system design.


Given that children represent only a minority (20%) of all emergency care visits, transformation of the pediatric emergency care experience can only occur on the shoulders of knowledgeable, dedicated, and vocal champions who work collaboratively to inform and effect change. The EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center sees the pediatric healthcare workforce as a top priority in our mission to achieve healthcare equity.

EMSC Scholars Program Reference Guide

It is highly recommended that you utilize the EMSC Scholars Program Reference Guide to aid in the application process.


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