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

Contact information & How to apply

Interested parties should contact the Fellowship Director at [email protected] for more information regarding our program. Physician candidates applying to the program 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
  3. Current curriculum vitae (C.V.)

Fellowship Director

Nelson Tang, MD, FACEP

Nelson Tang, MD, FACEP

Vice Chair for Operational Medicine
Associate Professor
Division of Special Operations, Department of Emergency 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.

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