Health Policy

Immerse Yourself.

Welcome to the MedStar Emergency Medicine Health Policy Fellowship! We host a two-year experience in the Nation’s Capital with the goal of immersing the fellow in three main pillars: policy education, policy experience, and clinical medicine. There is no greater place in the country to learn health policy than in the city where policy is made, regulations are set, and major research is accomplished.

Goals and Objectives.

  • An in depth understanding of the U.S. health care system and policymaking process.
  • Formal training in policy management, analysis, and skill development through study at the McCourt School of Public Policy.
  • Practical policy experience through internship placements in government, advocacy, and non-profit organizations aligning with the fellow’s interests.
  • Advancement in the practice of emergency medicine through clinical work with MedStar Emergency Physicians.
  • Teaching and mentorship opportunities through the Georgetown School of Medicine and the Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
  • Development of a network of mentors and professional contacts in health policy and academic medicine.


Policy Education

During the first year the fellow will earn a Master in Policy Management (MPM) at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. The McCourt School offers world renowned graduate programs with distinguished faculty who have extensive experience in Washington policymaking. The MPM program is an executive level masters program which brings together a diverse community of students, scholars, and practitioners committed to solving governmental and societal problems through enhancing their skills in management, analytics, and evidence-based policy.

  • Innovations in Public Management
  • The Public Policy Process
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Decision Making for Public Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Economic Analysis for Public Policy
  • Management of Program Evaluation
  • Advanced Policy Management Project (Capstone)

Policy Experience

The core of the fellowship program is experiential learning in health policy. During the second year the fellow will do two to three rotations on site at agencies or with organizations that do substantial policy work. Exact site placement will depend on the interests of the fellow and will be arranged by the fellowship director in partnership with the fellow during their first year.

Possible sites include:

  • Staff-level experience working in the office of a Member of the House of Representatives or on a major health committee.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Association for American Medical Colleges
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Health Resources and Services Administration

Clinical Medicine

The fellow will continue to develop their skills in emergency medicine by working clinically as an attending physician with MedStar Emergency Physicians. The clinical sites include high acuity and high volume emergency departments within the Washington DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. The fellow will be expected to work 10 shifts a month during their first year and six shifts a month during their second year.

Additional Opportunities

The fellow will engage with fellows and health policy faculty from George Washington University and the University of Maryland through the Baltimore Washington Transforming Health Policy Forum. The mission of this forum is to gather local clinicians and researchers with interests in health policy for a journal club and discussion on leading health policy issues. The fellow will also participate in a monthly health policy journal club and have the opportunity to teach and mentor Georgetown medical students and Georgetown-Washington Hospital Center Emergency Medicine Residents. The fellow will be part of a network of emergency medicine fellows through MedStar including ultrasound, sports medicine, critical care, and simulation.

Additional Information.

Questions? Ask us.

Michael Ybarra, MD, FAAEM

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Co-Fellowship Director, Health Policy Fellowship, MedStar Emergency Physicians, Past-Chair, Government and National Affairs, American Academy of Emergency Medicine


Philippa N. Soskin, MD, MPP

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Co-Fellowship Director, Health Policy Fellowship, MedStar Emergency Physicians