EMRA / ACEP Congressional Health Policy Fellowship


The EMRA / ACEP Congressional Fellowship is a month long full-time experience working as a contributing member of a Congressional Office on Capitol Hill. Fellows will gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative and policy process. The experience will provide Fellows with the real-world skills and knowledge that will further their development as a leader in health policy and an advocate for emergency medicine.

Under the discretion of the supervision of the Congressional Office office, Fellows work typically includes:

  • Help develop legislative or regulatory proposals
  • Recommendations on committee votes
  • Attend Congressional hearings and briefings around D.C.
  • Meet and field calls from constituents
  • Conduct research and brief legislators on a range of health issues

Fellows are asked to prepare a presentation and policy brief on a health policy issue with which they have been engaged for publication on EM Resident and the EMRA.org website.

Independent Learning Material

Fellowship assignments are supplemented by access to a selection of presentations on contemporary federal policy topics and the acute care health policy landscape.  A recommended reading list: Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook; Understanding Health Policy 7th edition; KFF Policy Briefs  

Additional selections of hand-picked health policy lectures on virtual ACEP"

1. Augustine et al Value of Emergency Medicine
2. Cirillo Acute Care Patients, Where are they going? Who is paying for them
3. Stanton: Narcotics to Narcan
4. Okuda The Power of Numbers: Novel Population Health Management from the Single Biggest Health Care System in the Country (Optional for those interested in getting into details of VA Care)
5. Sklar and Sokolove: View from Capitol Hill: From the Emergency Department to the Senate and Back
6. Venkatesh: Caught in the Middle: Hospital Readmissions and the Role of the ED
7. Venkatesh: Venkatesh: ED Quality in the Eyes of the Patient: Does the Internet Lie?
8. Wiler: Goodbye SGR, Hello MACRA and MIPS

1. Pilgrim: United We Stand: The Influence of Emergency Physicians on Key Health and Public Policy Issues
2. Gaines: Exploring Solutions to Surprise Coverage Gaps.
3. Gaines: How exchanges and HDHPs have impacted the advocacy mission for EM.
4. Stack: All Politics is Local: How State Wins Add up in the House of Medicine
5. Stack Venkatesh Wiler: Affordable Care Act: Friend of Foe
6. Schlicher, Wagner, Wooster: Washington Update from the ACEP School of Political Advocacy

Application Process

Candidates must also submit a formal letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one letter of recommendation, and a letter of support from their program director in support of their application and confirm the resident is in good standing and able to take the time off.  


Emergency Medicine residents or fellows who are committed to improving health care policy and practice. Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional personal and intellectual qualities, a record of interest and achievement in policy issues, and significant potential to influence health policy.

All applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a second to fourth year resident, or fellow and member of EMRA
  • Have a demonstrated interest in health policy issues and track record of research, policy analysis, health services, or leadership

Selection Criteria

The EMRA Awards committee will evaluate and select a candidate. The selection will be forward to an interested Congressional Office on Capital Hill for final review. Selections will be made based on:

  • Previous policy experience and achievements
  • Potential for leadership in health policy
  • Potential for future growth and career advancement
  • Interpersonal and communications skills
  • Individual plans for incorporating the fellowship experience into specific career goals.

The Ideal Candidate

Working on Capitol Hill means being ready for a fast-paced and often quickly changing legislative and political environment. Because of this setting, ideal candidates will be flexible, team players, and able to complete tasks on quick deadlines. With the variability that a work day can bring, candidates who are self-starters, adept at networking and have a positive, humble attitude will maximize the opportunities that exist on the Hill and the value of the Fellowship experience.  



Application Deadline

January 1 (Annually)

Award Date

Spring Meeting (Annually)

Date of Inception


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Past Recipients

2019 RJ Sontag, MD
Gururaj Shan, MD
2018 Akash Shah, MD, MBA