The Access and Innovation in Medical Education (AIME) Fellowship is a collaboration between the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine and EM:RAP.  

AIME is a 1-2 year non-clinical fellowship with three main objectives:

  • Developing innovative teaching tools and delivery approaches to expand access to dynamic and engaging educational content for emergency medicine residency training programs throughout the world.
  • Training excellent educators and future leaders in emergency medicine teaching internationally, while providing support for the development of local faculty educators.  
  • Establish collaborations that expand access to excellent emergency medicine education for developing emergency medicine residencies, with a particular focus on programs in locations with limited or no previous emergency medicine development.


The AIME fellowship strives to ensure that our efforts align with the broader efforts of emergency medicine development throughout the world, by remaining humble and flexible, seeking long-term collaborations, and maintaining focus on what we do best – providing access to innovative and high-quality emergency medicine educational content.


The fellowship has 4 core components and will be individually tailored to suit the experience, skill set, and professional goals of each individual fellow.

Online Core Curriculum

Medical education curriculum: The medical education curriculum is led by UCLA medical education faculty and based on the UCLA Emergency Medicine Medical Education Fellowship curriculum.  It is designed to provide expertise in educational theory and application, curriculum development, and a framework for developing a career as medical education faculty in academic medicine.

International health curriculum: The longitudinal global health curriculum is designed to help fellows understand the history, current trends, and potential pitfalls in global health work. The fellow will also have the opportunity and is encouraged to attend and speak at international emergency medicine conferences.

On-site Core Curriculum

UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program: Working with the medical education team at the UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program at UCLA with opportunities to help develop content for and teach at UCLA resident weekly conference.

EM:RAP: Working with the team at EM:RAP Studios in Los Angeles, CA on developing audiovisual educational content.

Mentoring:  Development of 2-3 lectures high quality on topic of the fellow’s choice with direct mentorship from EM:RAP and UCLA faculty.

International Collaborations

International Partner Sites: The AIME fellow will collaborate with and travel to AIME partner sites, helping to develop and deliver educational content, support local educators, and tailor medical education development efforts to the specific needs of our local partners, while iteratively improving curriculum and content. In addition, to foster the development of an international emergency medicine community, we will comprehensively facilitate collaborations between current and former global partners.

Language Development:  US-based fellows will be expected to become proficient in another language, through an individually customized program and in a fashion that aligns with their specific global health goals.  International track fellows who are non-native English-speakers are required to have English proficiency, with support provided throughout the fellowship to improve medical and scientific English language skills in as needed, on an individual basis.

Fellowship Project

Fellows will work on an independent educational project throughout the course of their fellowship.  The goal of the AIME fellowship project is to provide a supportive environment that can act as an incubator for innovative educational efforts that the fellow may then continue to grow and develop after completion of the fellowship.  Fellows will have the opportunity to propose their own projects or to collaborate on ongoing AIME projects. Examples of ongoing, early-stage, and proposed future projects include: EM Conference Toolkit, Choose-You-Own-Adventure’ interactive video cases, Critical Concept Comics, and Learn to Teach Workshop.

Program Faculty

Program Directors
     Mel Herbert, MD
     Ryan Ernst, MD

Core Faculty
     Steven Lai, MD
     Billy Mallon, MD
     Sara Crager, MD

Current Fellow
     Brittany Guest, DO 2019-2021


Application Requirements

US Fellow Track:  Applicants must have graduated from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program or a 3-year program with at least one year of post-residency clinical experience or fellowship.  Letters of recommendation from 3 references, including current or prior Program Director.  California medical license also required.

International Fellow Track: Physicians who have completed residency training in emergency medicine, or who has a strong interest in the development of early stage emergency medicine programs in their home country.

To Apply

Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae to:

Ryan Ernst, MD

Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.