The Access and Innovation in Medical Education (AIME) Fellowship is a collaboration between the Ronald Reagan UCLA | Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and EM:RAP. The fellowship is a 2-year advanced training program designed to prepare Emergency Medicine residency-trained graduates for future careers in global emergency medicine education with close mentorship from EM:RAP and leaders in medical education. The fellow will have a faculty appointment at UCLA as a Clinical Instructor. The goal of AIME is to establish relationships that improve the educational content of developing Emergency Medicine residencies throughout the world. These endeavors are designed to create dynamic and engaging educational content for EM training programs, as well as to provide support and development of local faculty and future educators.


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 in our collaborations, and maintaining focus on what we do best – providing access to innovative and high-quality emergency medicine education.



Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus in Westwood. It is a state-of-the-art 520 bed academic medical center that offers a full range of medical and surgical services from primary to sub-specialty care. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the Mattel Children's Hospital. UCLA is consistently rated in the top 10 medical centers in the country by US News and World Report. The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Comprehensive Stroke, STEMI, and Pediatric Critical Care center.


Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a public safety net hospital serving the two million residents living in the San Fernando Valley, located at the northern section of Los Angeles County. OV-UCLA is a major teaching affiliate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with medical students, residents, and fellows spending a significant portion of their training at OV-UCLA. Residents of the UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program spend 50% of their training at OV-UCLA. The hospital has 377 beds, while the 25,000 square foot Emergency Department, which was built in 2011, has 51 beds. The ED census is roughly 60,000 patients per year. The majority of patients are working poor, immigrants, and/or primarily Spanish-speaking.


White Memorial Hospital

White Memorial (WMH) is a 353 bed not-for-profit acute care hospital serving downtown Los Angeles. WMH is owned and operated by Adventist Health, and is a teaching hospital.

The ED is a STEMI, primary stroke, and pediatric receiving facility with over 40,000 patients per year. WMH has developed a front-end process to improve throughput in the ED.


The fellowship has 5 core components and will be individually tailored to suit the experience, skill sets, and professional desires of the fellow.

Clinical Development

The fellow will develop their skills as an EM attending while working at multiple possible clinical sites.

  • UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center
  • Olive View UCLA Medical Center
  • White Memorial Hospital (or alternative VEP site)

Global Collaboration

The AIME fellow will communicate with and travel to specifically chosen partner sites, helping to develop educational content, support local educators, and working to tailor our efforts to the specific needs of our local partners, while iteratively improving curriculum and content. In addition, to foster the development of a global EM community, we will comprehensively encourage collaboration between current and former global partners.

Masters in Academic Medicine

The AIME fellow will obtain a Masters in Academic Medicine, which will provide expertise in education theory and application, curriculum development, and a framework for developing a career as medical educational faculty in academic medicine.

Global Health Curriculum

There will be ongoing global health curriculum during the fellowship, designed to help the fellow understand the history, current trends, and potential pitfalls in global health endeavors. The fellow will also have the opportunity and is encouraged to attend and speak at international conferences (i.e. CONCEPTOS and AFEM).

Language Development

During the 2 years, the fellow will be expected to become proficient in another language, through an individually customized program, in a fashion that aligns with their specific global health goals.

Program Faculty

Mel Herbert, MD
Steven Lai, MD
Ryan Ernst, MD
Sara Crager, MD

Stipends & Benefits

  • Full time UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Annual salary of $100,000
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation


Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae to:

Steven Lai, MD
Fellowship Director

Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must have graduated from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program.
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License.
  • 3 references, including current or prior Program Director.

Current Fellows

Brittany Guest, DO 2019-2021