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Tactical Medicine Fellowship

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The goal of the Tactical Medicine fellowship is to uniquely prepare academic emergency physicians for leadership, field support and medical direction of law enforcement special operations and tactical medicine programs. 

Program Description:

The main components of this fellowship include:

  1. Mentorship in the medical direction of special operations medical programs and applying fundamental tenets of prehospital emergency care
  2. Direct-field experience with local, state and federal law enforcement tactical, protective, special event, international and remote consultation programs
  3. Escalating medical control responsibilities for operational medicine programs

Potential areas of focus include:

  1. The education and training of law enforcement medical providers
  2. Continuous quality improvement of care rendered in the tactical environment
  3. Administrative and developmental aspects of tactical and operational medicine programs
  4. Academic research in the field of law enforcement medicine

Academic Requirements: 

Fellows will be expected to produce a publishable research project under the guidance of a designated fellowship mentor.

Clinical Requirements:  Maximum of 800 clinical hours per academic year


  1. Board Prepared or Certified in Emergency Medicine
  2. Ability to pass a criminal background investigation and be eligible to obtain security clearance(s)
  3. Possess the necessary psychomotor skills and ability to function in austere environments
  4. Demonstrated interest in prehospital emergency care and/or tactical medicine strongly preferred

Program Length: 

2 years

Start Date: 

Usually July 1, but mid-year candidates may be considered

How to apply: 

Interested candidates should contact the fellowship director for more information and should provide:

  1. Three letters of recommendation: At least one should be from the residency director and one preferred from a faculty member with a focus on prehospital or tactical medicine.
  2. Personal Statement and CV
Nelson Tang, MD, FACEP

Fellowship Director:

Nelson Tang, MD, FACEP
Director, Division of Special Operations
Center for Law Enforcement Medicine

Dr. Nelson Tang is highly regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of Law Enforcement and Tactical Medicine. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Johns Hopkins Center for Law Enforcement Medicine and as the Medical Director for multiple federal agencies including the United States Secret Service, United States Marshals Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Dr. Tang deploys as a tactical physician on a routine basis in support of law enforcement tactical operations. He serves in a leadership capacity on several national tactical medicine steering committees.

Matthew Levy, DO, MSc, FACEP

Associate Director:

Matthew Levy, DO, MSc, FACEP
Dr. Matthew Levy is a veteran prehospital care provider with over 20 years of emergency medical services and disaster response experience. Dr. Levy serves as a Senior Medical Officer in the Johns Hopkins Center for Law Enforcement Medicine and is the Medical Director of the US Department of Homeland Security ICE Tactical Medical Program as well as the Howard County Maryland Police Tactical Team. Dr. Levy maintains an active presence in the field and deploys regularly as a tactical physician. Dr. Levy’s areas of research include evidence based tactical medicine and the education of tactical medical providers.