Pre-Hospital Medicine

The Division of Prehospital Medicine’s focus is on the education, performance, medical direction, quality assurance, and research of patient care in the out-of-hospital environment.  Our mission extends over a wide variety of out-of-hospital patient care, including:

  • fire departments/first responders
  • emergency medical services (EMS) both at the basic and advanced levels (BLS and ALS)
  • tactical EMS (working with law enforcement)
  • event medicine (providing EMS coverage at mass gatherings)
  • basic interhospital transport, critical interhospital ground transport
  • helicopter EMS (HEMS)
  • specialty transport teams such as neonatal, pediatric, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) teams

In addition to working with those individuals and teams, the division also:

  • operates an EMS Physician Response program to assist rural EMS agencies
  • contributes to research, policy and protocol development/implementation
  • consults on EMS legislation 
  • functions as a resource to assist the West Virginia EMS Advisory Council (EMSAC) and the State Office of EMS (WVOEMS)

Division Stats

  • We perform medical direction for our system’s 10 EMS helicopters that perform over 4,500 transport per year.
  • We provide medical direction for EMS agencies that perform over 64,000 transports per year, ranging from BLS to critical care transports.
  • Our EMS Medical Command center handles over 70,000 medical command interactions annually.
  • Our system faculty, fellows, residents, and advanced practice providers care for over 181,000 patients annually.

Division Contact

A photo of PS Martin.
PS Martin
West Virginia University
Associate Professor, Chief, Division of Prehospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine