Emergency Medicine

Providing a Wide Range of Innovative Emergency Medicine Care and Consulting Services

The GW Medical Faculty Associates Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) provides emergency patient care to three hospitals, educates the next generation of health professionals and provides a wide range of innovative emergency medicine consulting services.

The DEM is actively involved in a wide range of Emergency Medicine-related clinical, educational, research, and consulting programs. In support of our medical student, resident, and fellowship education programs and clinical research programs, the DEM staffs the ED’s of three hospitals. To learn more about our education and training programs, visit The GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences website. The DEM also offers a wide range of Emergency Medicine consulting activities including: medical support for the travel assistance and commercial shipping industries, staffing solutions for remote clinics, telemedicine-related services, community-oriented emergency care programs.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide excellent emergency patient care, train the next generation of health professionals, create new knowledge in the fields of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Management, and continually innovate.

Education & Training

Our Services

  • Clinical Emergency Department Staffing
  • Event Medicine
  • Global Health Services
  • OnSite Medical Access
  • Telemedicine
  • AED Lifesaver's Program
  • Training Center

The Department of Emergency Medicine has developed a series of regional outreach programs to assist clients in meeting a variety of medical needs in the National Capital Region. These programs Include:

Event Medical Staffing – a medical staffing program in which licensed medical professionals can provide First Aid services to any participant at your event.

Global Health Services – an exclusive medical support program for corporations and individuals requiring a personalized and confidential link to immediate medical services.

OnSite Medical Access – a hotel and house call visit program for individuals, corporations, and tour providers.

Contract Services


The GW Medical Faculty Associates Inc. (MFA) is the largest multi-specialty physician group practice in Washington, DC. The MFA is a not-for-profit organization that supports the education and research missions of the George Washington University School of Medicine (University), but is a separate corporation from the University. The MFA employs over 750 clinicians who treat more than 4,600 patients per day in its 47 medical specialties. The Department of Emergency Medicine is a full academic department in the School of Medicine and was the seventh academic department of emergency medicine in the U.S.



The MFA’s Department of Emergency Medicine has provided healthcare staffing services throughout the U.S. and across the globe. The Department sponsors a broad range of clinical, educational, research, and consulting initiatives in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Management, and Telemedicine. The Department is committed to service excellence in patient care and education, with a focus using skills that are intrinsic to emergency medicine to provide value to new programs and configurations in the healthcare field. The MFA is committed to improving our local community as well as providing a multitude of services throughout the world.

Medical Expertise

  • Program Development
  • Contract Services
  • Clinical and Remote Staffing
  • Consultative Services
  • Operations Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Academic Development
  • Training and Education
  • Research


The MFA is proud to have worked with the following clients:

Domestic Emergency Departments / Medical Services:

  • The George Washington University Hospital (GWUH / UHS)
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)
  • Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC)
  • Prince George’s Hospital Center
  • Howard University Hospital
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Trident Seafoods — Alaska
  • WorldStrides
  • Europ Assist

U.S. Government / International Organizations:

  • National Science Foundation
  • The World Bank
  • The Department of State
  • The Peace Corps
  • The International Monetary Fund
  • United States Postal Service
  • Diplomatic Security Service
  • The Department of Justice
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • The Kennedy Center
  • The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)
  • Raytheon Polar Services
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Maersk Lines
  • Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
  • ITT Exelis
  • Triple Canopy
  • CUBIC Applications
  • General Dynamics

Interested in our Contract Services?

Contact Kyle Majchrzak
Business Development Manager
Department of Emergency Medicine
T 202.741.2944
F 202.741.2214
E kmajchrzak@mfa.gwu.edu

More Information

Key Contact:
Kyle Majchrzak
Business Development Manager
Department of Emergency Medicine
T 202.741.2944
F 202.741.2214
E kmajchrzak@mfa.gwu.edu

NAICS Codes:
Cage Code: 1VHT7
DUNS: 841694974
TIN: 52-2220700
Clearance: Secret

COVID-19 Re-opening Support Services

Offering Reopening Support Services to Businesses in the Washington, DC Area

COVID-19 is a formidable enemy: we know. The clinicians and public health experts in the GW Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) have decades of experience mitigating public health emergencies and responding to environmental and man-made disasters globally. As the largest Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care group in Washington, DC, we have gained critical experience on how to fight COVID-19. Now we are all ready for the next step: to open up our economy and re-establish our vibrant way of life. Our health experts at the GW Department of Emergency Medicine stand ready to assist you on developing and carrying out your re-opening plans.

We are grateful for the trust, support and generosity exhibited by our whole community over the last few months. To have a sustained and successful recovery, we must be meticulous in our planning and vigilant in the performance of our duties. A reopening strategy needs to be well-researched, methodical and based on best practices and scientific knowledge.

Over decades, we have consulted with local, regional and international businesses on their health-related planning, risk mitigation and recovery services. Our proven track record of success comes from a winning formula based on scientific expertise and business acumen. Our experts work on the front lines and understand the concerns of customers and employers as they navigate re-opening our places of work, leisure, worship and learning. We can provide science based and best practice guidance to support you and address issues related to PPE and cleaning policies, testing, quarantine, contact tracing, return to work, and telehealth.

It is time to start planning the recovery of your enterprise. We are committed to helping you do so in a logical, safe, affordable and sustainable way. You relied on the clinicians and public health experts of the GW Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) to care for you and your loved ones during the first part of this crisis: we pledge to support you through the recovery phase as well.

GW Department of Emergency Medicine recovery phase services will include:

  • Initial consult and needs assessment
  • Guidance on policy and procedure
  • Medical direction and evaluation of cases/ concerns
  • Employee monitoring
  • Testing
  • Virtual Health
  • Contact Tracing
  • Vaccination guidance and education

During the COVID-19 crisis, the GW Department of Emergency Medicine stood up the first testing sites in the District of Columbia, drive-thru and walk-up, deployed a strike team to assist with hot spots in the city and produced training videos on how to deploy, procure and properly use protective equipment (PPE).Protect your local community and employees. For more information about our services, please click here.

Recent Projects

We are healthcare providers with a mission-to help you recover after COVID-19, thoughtfully and safely. We have a strong track record of success around the world as emergency medical consultants.

Staff Emergency Medical Response supporting US Military

We provide Paramedic level Emergency Medical Services with associated physician-led medical direction, oversight, and training to staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year EMS System on five (5) U.S. Military Bases in Kuwait. Support services include: medical evaluations, staffing, credentialing, licensing, training, certification and continuing medical education (CME) to ensure 100% staffing, compliance and support.

Embassy Support

The MFA rapidly established a 24/7 COVID-19 inquiry line to support all embassy staff and citizens of a country residing in the US.

COVID-19 311 Call Center

In support of the DC Department of Health, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency, MFA developed and deployed on-site telehealth services via a call center for DC residents during the COVID-19 epidemic. Services include:

  • Decrease call from concerned residents
  • Triage patients against a standard protocol
  • Identify sick patients that need to be transported to a healthcare facility
  • Identify infected patients that can be monitored or treated under isolation at home
  • Provide remote monitoring with home quarantined patients.

COVID-19 PUI Sample Collection

In Support of DC Department of Health, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency, MFA developed and deployed innovative on demand mobile screening, nasal swab sample collection, and testing services for DC residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Service available seven days a week and can scale from single patient to several hundred.


GW Department of Emergency Medicine enhances health and safety programs for WorldStrides (Charlottesville, VA), an education and travel experience vendor, by providing medical direction and "Doctors on Call" program.

For more information regarding our involvement in WorldStrides, please click here.

Hospital Staffing

The Department of Emergency Medicine's regional clinical activities include the physician and PA staffing for three Emergency Departments and providing outreach through the GW Onsite and GW Lifesavers programs.

The George Washington University Hospital

GW Hospital

900 23rd St, NW
Washington, DC 20037

(202) 715-4000
Toll Free 1-888-449-4677

Professional services at The GW Hospital Emergency Department (ED) are provided by GW’s Department of Emergency Medicine. The ED is the home institution for the GWUSOM Emergency Medicine Residency and the GWSOM Medical Student Clerkships. The GW Hospital is a busy, urban academic institution that is a level I trauma center and has the full range of adult medical specialties. The Hospital is also certified as a JCAHO stroke center, has an active interventional cardiology program that is designated by the District of Columbia as one of two centers to receive patients with acute myocardial infractions.

The ED receives 68,000 patient visits per year. The Medical and Nursing Staff provides expedient care for patients with a wide variety of illness severities in a compassionate, prompt, and efficient manner. The GW Hospital ED is one of the few completely paperless departments in the region, using a computer-based electronic record and patient tracking system for all patient care-related activities. The GW ED also provides advanced bedside diagnostic modalities such as sonography that allows faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment.. George Washington University Hospital. The ED, though a collaboration with the DC Department of Health currently provides “opt-out” bedside HIV testing for all patients. The ED is a base station for the DC Emergency Medical Services system and has played a leading role in Regional Disaster Planning efforts. The ED has comprehensive patient decontamination facilities that would be used to treat patients with chemical or radiation exposures.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Emergency Department

Walter Reed Medical Center

8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20889-5600

(301) 295-4611
Toll-free 1-800-526-7101

The George Washington Department of Emergency Medicine has the unique privilege of supporting the mission of the United States Navy to provide the highest level of emergency medical care to the Nation’s active duty military, their family members, and other eligible beneficiaries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Emergency Department in Bethesda, Maryland. Physicians and PA’s from our practice provides clinical coverage 24 hours, 7 days a week in this moderate-volume military emergency department. We also provide bedside teaching for WRNMMC residents, USUHS medical and physician assistant students.

Washington DC VA Medical Center Emergency Department

Washington DC VA Medical Center Emergency Department

50 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20422

(202) 745-8000

The George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine has the privilege of providing Emergency Physician and PA services to our nation’s Veterans in the ED of the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Faculty from our department provides clinical coverage for this moderate volume emergency department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our role includes not only clinical services, but also the continuing education of rotating Internal Medicine residents, medical students from local Universities, and physician assistant students.

United Medical Center


1310 Southern Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20032

(202) 547-6000

The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA)is a multispecialty physician group that can deliver comprehensive adult medical care to communities that will increase both access and convenience. The MFA will begin its collaboration with UMC by staffing the hospital’s ED and Hospitalist services and will then embark on a planning program with appropriate stakeholders to determine which additional services can be provided. Our goal is to provide expert and compassionate health care to families across Southeast Washington.

Global Health Services

Global Health Services (GHS) is an exclusive medical support program for corporations and individuals requiring a personalized and confidential link to immediate medical services. From an acute individual emergency to mass casualty guidance, GHS will be there to assist. As your trusted partner and healthcare advocate, we provide a twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week medical response center:

GHS services include:

  • 24/7 access to a GHS physician: Consult with a doctor by phone, email or other pre-approved technology twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Access to the Global Medical Network: Be referred to trusted and confidential physicians and healthcare facilities worldwide from the Global Medical Network.

  • Coordinated Care Management: We assist you through any hospital or clinical experience. This includes call ahead assistance, discussions with your treating physician (s) and follow up after discharge.

  • Medical Crisis Planning: In the event of a mass casualty event, GHS will assist in the response and coordination to provide necessary expert level knowledge on various medical situations.

  • Repatriation: If you need to go home, or be evacuated to a higher level of medical care, GHS will coordinate this process.

  • Gateway: GHS offers an integration of case management and repatriation services with our network of physician specialists. We will arrange for the patient to be brought into The George Washington University Medical Center and evaluated by an Emergency Medicine Physician.

  • Pre-trip travel assessments: These reports ensure you have expert health information and vaccination recommendations for the areas you plan to visit.

  • Medicine Chests: GHS physicians and staff can recommend and arrange for medications and equipment to be carried while you travel.

The Worldwide Emergency Communications Center

From any location in the world, members have direct access to a GHS physician via our in-house "Worldwide Emergency Communications Center" or WECC. The WECC is staffed by medically trained operators who assist our physicians and clients during the medical consultation process by providing dedicated logistic and communication support. The WECC ensures that GHS members have immediate access via phone, email, video or fax to emergency medicine physicians as well as over 550 specialty physicians for remote consultation, medical direction and advice.

Don’t let travel limit your access to quality medical care

People walking through airport

While away from home medical concerns often arise that need immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, your primary care doctor or health insurance may not always be able to help you. From avoiding a hospital visit in Bangkok, providing expert level knowledge for exposed workers in an overseas location or discussing the need for a swine flu vaccination, as a GHS member you don’t have to let travel limit your access to quality medical care.

Do you have a unique need for medical services? Give us a call! Our Global Health Services team will gladly work with you to create a convenient and customized service package to meet your exact needs.

Please note: Global Health Services is not a substitute for health insurance. It is designed to augment your existing insurance policy or dedicated primary care doctor.

To learn more about our services please contact Kyle Majchrzak at 202.741.2944 or kmajchrzak@mfa.gwu.edu.

Event and Operational Medicine

The GW MFA Department of Emergency Medicine is a licensed non-transport Advanced Life Support (ALS) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider in the District of Columbia. We are able to provide comprehensive medical support for anything from National Special Security Event (NSSE) to a Basic Life Support (BLS) single resource to support a small event.

Medical staff at an event

What we can provide

  • Medical Planning – from what resources are appropriate, to crisis plans, to permitting and working with the appropriate government agencies, we have subject matter experts in all facets of comprehensive medical planning and can help you through the process.
  • Medical Services – as an ALS EMS agency being part of a larger Emergency Medicine program we go well beyond a typical medical staffing agency in both the breadth of services offered and the size of operation we can support. Further, as the largest academic physician practice in the metro area, we are licensed and insured to do it.
  • Medical Direction – Our physicians and advanced providers are all associated with the GW Hospital level one trauma center. In addition, we have a disaster and operational medicine physician fellowship program led by Dr. James Phillips that adds expertise and support to our program. Regardless of what service is provided, all of our providers have 24/7 support from the GW Emergency Physicians.

Medical levels of services we can provide:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic life support
  • Registered Nurse (RN) – Advanced life support
  • Paramedic (NRP) – Advanced life support
  • Advanced Practice Provider (either Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner)
  • Physician (MD)

Ways we can provide service:

  • Medical logistics support
  • Walking teams
  • Bike teams
  • Gator teams
  • Transport ambulances (contracted through us)
  • Medical Incident Command
  • Incident Command liaisons
  • Tent or static teams - from basic to comprehensive main medical set ups

When The GW MFA Emergency Medicine Event and Operational Medicine program is brought in to do event, we do not take a piecemeal approach. We believe that good planning, an integrated team based approach, coupled with good execution leads to the best outcomes for our clients. For over fifteen years, our experience, expertise and great clinical providers has made us the benchmark for event and operational medical services in the District of Columbia.

For more information on our services, please call 202.741.2936 or email GWEventMedicine@mfa.gwu.edu.

* We are a preferred provider for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Van outside a First Aid tent, Medical Symbol, Crowds at event

Telemedicine is the practice of medicine at a distance and includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, wireless phones and other forms of telecommunications technology.

For over 20 years, the Department of Emergency Medicine has specialized in delivering comprehensive telemedicine solutions and services to patients and providers around the world. The Worldwide Emergency Communications Center (WECC) acts as the operational hub to clinical and cognitive telemedicine consults at the GW MFA. As an academic leader in telemedicine, we continuously connect shipping vessels, yachts, aircrafts, correctional facilities, research teams and organizations around the globe to leading GW MFA providers in the following specialty areas: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, ENT, Infectious Disease and Orthopedics.

Physician Based Triage, Physician Specialty Care, Remote Monitoring, Medical call center and case management (WECC)

Industries We Serve:

  • Correctional and Law Enforcement
  • Commercial Fishing and Shipping
  • Government and Defense
  • International Development
  • Scientific Research
  • NGO's
  • Aeronautical
  • Private and Leisure Travel

The Department also consults extensively on telehealth and is available to assist clients in the development, implementation and adoption of telemedicine programs. With over twenty years of experience in both the domestic and international telemedicine our team is available to help other healthcare facilities, organizations and teams navigate the ever changing field of telehealth including but not limited to: regulation, licensing, reimbursement, and business models.

Medical Call Center

The Worldwide Emergency Communication Center or WECC acts as the main platform servicing the GW Maritime,Global Health Services, and OnSite Programs. The WECC utilizes several global telemedicine capabilities to provide dedicated logistic, and telemedicine coordination to our various remote clients, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Physician Based Triage, Physician Specialty Care, Remote Monitoring, Medical call center and case management (WECC)

How it Works: From any location in the world, our clients have direct access via phone, email, video or fax to emergency physicians as well as over 550 specialty physicians for remote consultation, medical direction and advice. The medically trained WECC operators assist our physicians and clients during the medical consultation process and ensure that the patient's electronic medical record (EMR) is updated in our secure patient database.

Video Capabilities: In the event that a physician requires visual examination of a client's illness or injury, the WECC operator has the ability to quickly and securely establish a video consultation with the physician using DigiGoneTM Video Telemedicine software. For clients that require a hardware telemedicine solution, the WECC can conduct a video consult.

To arrange a live demo of our telemedicine capabilities via DigiGoneTM Secure Chat or VTC please call 202-741-2905 or email jbetz@mfa.gwu.edu.


Thirty years of experience delivering remote medical services to the maritime industry.

GW Maritime Medical Access logo

In operation since 1989, Maritime Medical Access (MMA) provides a vital service to render appropriate telemedical care to shipping vessels, aircraft, yachts, and teams in remote locations worldwide. We provide on-call physician support, clinical case management, repatriation, training, and recommendations for medical equipment and medicine chests, all through one central 24/7 command center.

When an accident or serious illness occurs at sea expert medical help may be thousands of miles away. However, having satellite or mobile links to our emergency medicine physicians ensures high quality, continuous care no matter where you are in the world. For 30 years Maritime Medical Access has been committed to the provision of integrated medical solutions to maximize the quality of medical care and contain the cost of care for the maritime community.

To learn more about Maritime Medical Access’ services, benefits, and our medical team, please contact:

Derek Andresen
Program Manager
Remote Medical Programs & Maritime Medical Access

GW Martime Medicine is featured in the USCG Proceedings Magazine's Fall 2020 Issue! The article is located on Page 82.

cargo boat
Doctor communicating via walkie talkie
Cargo boat

How our service works.

When you have an injured or ill crewmember on a ship or aircraft, or in another remote location help could be hours, days, or even weeks away. The cost and logistics of diversion can be significant. The GW Maritime Medical Access team is here to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and our help is only minutes away.

When you call, email, or initiate a videoconference, you will be connected to our Worldwide Emergency Call Center (WECC) and be greeted by a medically trained operator who will collect basic information about your medical emergency. You will then be connected with one of our board-certified academic emergency physicians.

All our emergency physicians have a special interest in maritime, aviation, or remote location medicine and many have personal maritime experience. They understand that prior training, equipment availability, and transit time to more definitive care are highly variable, and they will work with you to develop a care plan that is compatible with your specific resources and needs. Complex cases in need of follow-up will go on our daily case-management list, and you will have ongoing access to physicians who will re-assess the situation and provide updated recommendations.

If your case requires specialty care our emergency physicians can add specialists from over 50 medical specialties to the team. If your emergency requires diversion or evacuation, we will assist with the medical logistics to direct you toward a port where there is care available for your specific need. We can also provide medically chaperoned repatriations if your crewmember needs to return to the United States for further care.

What Makes Maritime Medical Access Different?

  • Experience: We have been in operation for over 30 years. All cases are managed by our board-certified emergency medicine physicians, all of whom have a specific interest in maritime, aviation, or remote medicine. Our emergency physicians handle thousands of encounters every year.
  • Access: Our physicians are available 24/7, 365 days per year, and are always one phone call, email, or videoconference away.
  • Personal Interaction: The injured or ill party and the physician communicate directly and can see each other face to face from anywhere in the world on videoconference equipped vessels. This affords the patient and the medical provider the opportunity to establish a personal connection.
  • University Based Specialty Care: We are the only service of this kind that is located at a large US-based academic medical center. Our clients have access to the broad resources of The GW Medical Faculty Associates, including over 700 physicians in more than 50 medical specialties.
  • Technology Agnostic: We make all efforts to connect with the technology you already have in place so there is no need to invest in new and expensive equipment. If you need to purchase new technology we can guide you to cost-effective long-term solutions.
  • Research: Our academic focus drives us to constantly review cases and research ways to improve care in remote locations. Our experience will help you to be better stocked, better trained, and better prepared to manage a medical emergency should one arise .

About the Worldwide Emergency Communications Center

Maritime Medical Access delivers seamless communications and operations support through our Worldwide Emergency Communications Center or (WECC). The WECC is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides clients a central hub from which to access our services. Communications with the WECC may be initiated by telephone, email, or videoconference.

About MMA Video Telemedicine

Maritime Medical Access has partnered with DigiGone to integrate their video conferencing platform at our Worldwide Emergency Communications Center, and is available for clients who choose to use it. DigiGone’s platform give our operators and physicians the ability to communicate with clients using a simple, low-bandwith compatible, no hassle digital telemedicine solution. Communications are encrypted and HIPAA compliant and support 2-way or multi-party video, audio, text message, or file transfer, including patient vital signs and EKG.

Video conferencing can be initiated worldwide, anywhere an internet connection can be established, from an appropriately equipped vessel. This access is unparalleled in the industry and provides our clients assurance that their sick or injured mariner is receiving the best possible care using a platform that keeps air-time costs low.

AED Lifesavers Program

Since the very first Public Access to Defibrillation clinical trial in 2002, The GW Lifesavers AED Program has been at the forefront of providing comprehensive AED services to public buildings, transportation centers, churches and communities across the nation.

The GW LifeSavers AED Program provides medical direction, program management, training as well as device and accessory sales. Our program is designed to help your organization meet today's standard of emergency preparedness and protect your most important assets— your employees and clients. We encourage you to learn more about our services as well as the benefits of implementing a comprehensive AED program.

AED Lifesavers Program Services

As a GW LifeSavers client, you will have direct access to a dedicated medical director and program manager to ensure a comprehensive AED program is in place at your organization. Our extensive services include:

AED Program Management – An initial on-site consultation meeting will take place regarding device selection and deployment. From there, you will have unlimited access to program staff for questions and concerns

Client Management System – To simplify the management of your program, we have implemented the GW Lifesaver Client Management System. This on-line service allows you to keep track of all you equipment, trained personnel, and program related documents making your program always organized and up to date.

AED Medical Direction – We ensure your building is compliant with State and Federal regulations by providing:

  • AED Prescription (FDA requirement)
  • Written AED Response Physician-approved protocols
  • Assistance with regulatory compliance/registration
  • Post-event data recovery, review, and report submission
CPR class

Training – Have direct access to the largest AHA Training Center in the DC metro Area. The GW Training Center offers CPR and AED courses for lay responders, office personnel, safety officers and first responders

Device and Accessory Sales – We work with all manufactures to provide competitive pricing and an array of options. We evaluate the needs of your organization to recommend the best options.

Contact us today to learn more about our AED program services at (202)741-2958 or email: gwtrainingcenter@mfa.gwu.edu. Packages start as low as $175 a year.

AED Benefits

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 450,000 Americans each year, making it the #1 heath care problem and leading cause of death in the United States. Even a seemingly healthy person can suffer cardiac arrest without warning. Sudden cardiac arrest is truly a public health crisis however, unlike other health problems of this magnitude, sudden cardiac arrest is treatable.

The cure for most cases of sudden cardiac arrest is immediate treatment with a defibrillator, a devise that shocks the heart out of a fatal rhythm, allowing a normal healthy rhythm to resume. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), each minute of delay in delivering a defibrillation shock to a cardiac arrest victim reduces the chances of survival by 10 percent, so in order to be effective, defibrillation treatment must be administered within the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest.

Training Center

The Department of Emergency Medicine Training Center is an American Heart Association Training Center offering courses in BLS, ACLS, and PALS.

Med Students instructing CPR
First Aid kit graphic
CPR instruction

Our educational programs are delivered by top clinicians and include cutting-edge research and practice implementation. Advanced simulation equipment and elite instructors make our training center stand out among other programs. Training initiatives are customized for clients, and may include basic CPR, first aid, pre-hospital education, American Heart Association courses, advanced physician-level instruction and continuing medical education (CME).

Currently, registration for courses can be found at www.gwtrainingcenter.com

AHA Courses 

CPR, AED and First Aid Training Programs – These important courses are specifically designed for the general public, employees and community. Courses range from 2-8 hours and can cover Adult CPR and choking, infant CPR, Adult First Aid (such as asthma, chest pain, bandaging, splinting and diabetic emergencies), and adult AED usage.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Courses - ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions, and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation efforts.

This course is primarily designed for emergency, intensive care, or critical care healthcare providers such as: physicians, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, respiratory therapists and other professions who may need to respond to a cardiovascular emergency.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children with improved outcomes.

This course is designed primarily for pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies.

Training Center Contact Information

Telephone: (202) 741-2958
Email: gwtrainingcenter@mfa.gwu.edu

EMT Program
EMT class
EMT students in front of the back of an ambulance

The GW Training Center EMT Certification Program is designed for motivated individuals interested in a career in medicine. The program will instruct students on how to provide emergency medical care to victims of sudden ailment. Over the course of several weeks, students will develop critical skills in symptom recognition, patient assessment and interaction, emergency triage and treatment of life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

EMT class

This unique course is taught by George Washington University Faculty, Clinicians and highly-training EMS providers who have extensive experience in the field of emergency medicine. Students in the course will receive:

  • Clinical rotations at the George Washington University Hospital
  • Clinical rotations on board an emergency-care ambulance in the District of Columbia
  • Extensive hands-on clinical time with career pre-hospital providers and educators
  • Eligibility to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification examination
EMT student next to an ambulance

No other experience can prepare you more for a future in the medical field. Space is limited, so please visit our registration page below.

If you have any questions, please contact the GW Training Center at 202-741-2958 or gwtrainingcenter@mfa.gwu.edu.