Message from the Chair

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Peter Rock, M.D., M.B.A

Message from the Chair

Anesthesiology as a medical discipline at the University of Maryland Hospital began in 1913 with Dr. Griffith Davis, the only physician in Baltimore who practiced anesthesiology full-time. The residency program was established in 1945 with a team of five residents and a single full-time faculty member, Dr. Fred Dye. The program has grown under the direction of four dynamic chairs -- Dr. Alfred Nelson, Dr. Robert Dodd, Dr. Martin Helrich, and Dr. M. Jane Matjasko. I began as Chair of the department on December 1st, 2006 and intend to continue the tradition of excellence established by my illustrious predecessors. The mission of our department is to deliver state-of-the-art anesthesia services in perioperative care, pain management and critical care; educate students, residents and fellows; be recognized for its contributions to the specialty of anesthesiology through education, research, and scholarly activities; and contribute to the success of the Medical School and Medical System.

We are part of a rapidly expanding professional campus in downtown Baltimore. This 50-acre campus features the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Law. The footprint also includes a 10-acre "biopark" which serves as an incubator for emerging and innovative biotechnology firms. In addition to the professional schools, there are several acute care hospitals: University, VA, and Shock Trauma. Founded in 1807, the University of Maryland School of Medicine is America's oldest public medical school. The School of Medicine is a top-tier academic medical institution known for its innovative curriculum and its research enterprise. It also educates and trains more than half of Maryland's practicing physicians and is a strong economic force in the state. The School of Medicine has 2,600 faculty members and 1,350 full-time staff. More than 1,200 students are studying to become physicians, biomedical researchers, physical therapists, geneticists and public health specialists. Current research awards exceed $350 million, and the School of Medicine is ranked 9th among the 76 public medical schools in the United States in total research funding, with $164 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health.

We are busy clinically! Each year, the department administers over 25,000 anesthetics, has approximately 3,500 patient encounters in the Pain Management Center and provides about 15,000 patient-days of care in the intensive care units. Across all our clinical sites, we have 39 ORs and 54 ICU beds. The Medical Center is building a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility expected to be completed in 2010 with an additional 8 ORs. We have 72 faculty, 36 resident positions, 27 CRNAs, and 35 staff. All anesthesiology subspecialties are represented including: ambulatory, cardiac, critical care, obstetrics, acute and chronic pain management, pediatrics, neurosurgery, trauma, and transplantation. The department delivers care in sites outside the operating room such as interventional radiology, endoscopy, and cardiac catheterization.

We have a unique scope of practice. There are four main clinical sites in the department. Founded in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary, the University of Maryland Medical Center is one of the nation's oldest academic medical centers. The main University ORs care for patients undergoing complex surgery pediatric heart procedures, cardiac bypass and valvular repairs, kidney and liver transplantation, a variety of neurosurgical procedures, and major abdominal surgery. The Shock Trauma ORs are known for their world-class care of injured patients. The VA Hospital is on our campus, connected to the main hospital by a sky bridge. University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedics Institute, formally Kernan Hospital, is just 7 miles northwest of the Medical Center, is a committed provider of orthopedic surgery and the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital and provider of rehabilitation services in the state of Maryland. Our Pain Management Center is located at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedics Institute, formally Kernan Hospital. We have an efficient pre-operative testing and evaluation center.

Research led by department members covers areas of brain injury, neuroprotection, acute lung injury, telemedicine, hemoglobin substitutes, chronic pain management and human factors engineering patient safety. We are actively involved in clinical trials. We have a growing relationship with the Department of Defense. We also have a very collegial relationship with the Office of Clinical Trials in the School of Medicine.

The department has led the development of institutional guidelines for sedation and monitoring by non-anesthesia medical personnel in areas outside the operating room. Department members are leaders of the medical center's ACLS training and are responsible for developing and maintaining resuscitation standards for the Maryland/District of Columbia region.

Our residency is fully accredited for the training continuum of three years. The diverse curriculum permits candidates to fulfill the educational requirements for entrance to the American Board of Anesthesiology examination system. There are accredited fellowships in critical-care medicine and pain management, as well as advanced subspecialty fellowship training in cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, obstetrics, trauma and research. Appointments are made at the CA-1/PGY-2 level. The Clinical Base Year (CB/PGY-1) is arranged by the candidate, by application to an institution or department providing training in a variety of fields such as: internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, family practice, emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, or neurology. The clinical base year should provide the resident with clinical education in medical disciplines other than that directly associated with the administration of anesthesia. Several excellent programs are available at the University of Maryland Medical Center and affiliated institutions. The clinical base year should be completed at a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or approved by the American Osteopathic Association.

Baltimore is a city of approximately 650,000 people with almost 300 hundred years of history. Our port city retains an international flair, not only around its Inner Harbor, but also throughout its surrounding neighborhoods, each with their own individual charm and flavor. The Medical Center is within walking distance to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. There are numerous shops, restaurants, and tourist locations as well as a baseball and football stadium, science center and aquarium.

Whether you are looking for a resident or faculty position, the University of Maryland Department of Anesthesiology is looking for motivated individuals who are interested in learning and advancing the field of Anesthesiology and who are committed to the highest quality, compassionate patient care. We are just as committed to allowing you to achieve your potential as a trainee or as a faculty member. We know there are many fine places to train or to practice anesthesiology. But, we are confident there is no better place to train, no better place to practice as an anesthesiologist and no better place to live and raise a family. You will enjoy living in Baltimore and working in our Department.


Peter Rock, M.D., M.B.A.
Martin Helrich Professor and Chair
[email protected]

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