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Richard V. Aghababian Emergency Medicine Leadership and Administrative Fellowship

Richard V. Aghababian
Emergency Medicine Administrative/Leadership Fellowship

Kevin Kotkowski, MD, Fellowship Director
Martin Reznek, MD, MBA, FACEP, Executive Vice Chair
Gregory Volturo, MD, FACEP, Chair


The Richard V. Aghababian Emergency Medicine Administrative/Leadership Fellowship provides the opportunity for emergency physicians to develop key administrative skills essential to becoming future leaders in the delivery of emergency care and healthcare in general.

The primary goals of the fellowship are to:

1)Prepare fellows with the leadership and administrative skills necessary to excel in a moderately complex ED leadership role immediately upon graduation.

2)Prepare fellows with foundational leadership skills that will facilitate continued professional development toward successfully assuming more complex, high-level leadership roles both in emergency medicine as well as other areas of healthcare.

To meet these goals, the fellowship follows a detailed curriculum that includes multiple, integrated learning methodologies and focuses on seven core educational areas:

  • Principles of successful leadership and administration
  • Communication, interpersonal, time-management, and project management skills
  • Operational/financial management of an ED
  • Quality assurance and risk management as they apply to the operation of an ED
  • Process improvement principles and tactics
  • Systems-centered thinking and principles of inter-dependence of the ED with other administrative and clinical departments within the institution
  • Development of skills to be able to contribute meaningfully to scholarship related to quality and operations research

The fellowship faculty includes physician and non-physician leaders who have expertise in various aspects of Emergency Department, Hospital and Health Care System administration. Collectively the faculty’s experience covers every essential aspect of Emergency Medicine administration as well as multiple facets of hospital and health system administration. In addition, the faculty’s experience also covers academic, urban and community Emergency Medicine practices. Each faculty member has substantial experience in their respective areas of expertise as well as experience in mentorship and education.

While requests to pursue a one-year fellowship tract will be considered on a case by case basis at the request of an applicant, the two-year fellowship tract is strongly encouraged because it allows the fellows to have a longer period to progressively assume increasingly complex administrative and leadership responsibilities and it allows fellows to concurrently pursue Master’s level training (MBA, MPH, MMM, MHA or MHSA).  During the fellowship, fellows will practice clinically as a junior attendings in the Emergency Department.

For further information please contact:

Kevin Kotkowski, MD, Fellowship Director
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Emergency Medicine
55 Lake Avenue North, LA-186
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: 508-421-1466
Fax: (508) 334-7411

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited EM Residency Training Program
  • Must be Board-eligible
  • Must have passed all 3 steps of USMLE    
  • Must be eligible for a full Massachusetts