About the Research Fellowship

The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to conducting and disseminating clinical and community-based research of the highest methodological standards. The LAC+USC research fellowship is a two-year program designed to prepare future emergency medicine career researchers.

Upon completion, the graduate will achieve the following goals:

  • Develop expertise and independence in clinical research methods and statistical analyses
  • Acquire advanced knowledge in protocol development and procedures involved in conduct of clinical trials
  • Provisions of informed consent for studies involving human subjects
  • Design, conduct and manage an independent research project
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Prepare and present research results at a national research meeting
  • Submit research papers for publication
  • Understand research grant writing and application procedures
  • Secure independent funding for research
  • Integrate knowledge of clinical emergency medicine with health services and epidemiological research methods
  • Serve as a clinician-educator in an academic emergency department
  • Develop teaching and leadership skills for a career in academic general internal medicine or family medicine

Research fellows will have dedicated office space, with administrative support, and are expected to work in the Department of Emergency Medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center. Fellows will receive a salary commensurate with their level of training, as well as full health benefits. Fellows will be appointed as a clinical instructor, pending approval of the promotions committee and dean.

Areas of Current Clinical Research
Diabetes, Mobile health, provider opiate prescribing, geospatial analysis, access to emergency care, EMTALA enforcement, Pediatric/Adolescent mental health, Methodology, Interpersonal Violence, Transition from ED to chronic care, ALTE, EMS, Disaster Medicine, Asthma, Genetic Determinants of Health, HIV, Medical Decision Making.

Fellowship Duration
24 months


  • Earn advanced degree (MPH or equivalent) in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology or health service. The Masters tuition, books and all needed supplies including software are to be provided by the fellow.
  • Develop and serve as principle investigator of a clinical research study.
  • Present scientific findings at least one regional and one national meeting.
  • Attend all research division weekly meetings, participate in bi-monthly department journal clubs; help in departmental review of scientific proposals; become a journal reviewer.
  • Join and participate in institutional research-related committee (e.g. IRB)
  • Join and participate in a national task force or committee.
  • Preparation and submission of a training AND project grant to NIH or similarly competitive agency or foundation.
  • Author at least two scientific manuscripts.
  • Work as an attending physician at LAC+USC ED weekly.

Fellows will help mentor medical students and residents participating in departmental research


Fellows must have an active California medical license and be board certified or board eligible (ABEM or ABOEM) at the time of fellowship matriculation.

Research Fellowhip Program Contact

Fellowship Director

Sanjay Arora, MD