The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland is a two year critical care medicine training program. The information on this page provides an overview of our fellowship program. More details about specific features of our fellowship including the application process can be found by accessing the links on the left.
The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland provides a comprehensive two year training program that utilizes the resources of our Division as well as other resources available to the School of Medicine.
These resources include:
The primary facility in which our fellows rotate is the University of Maryland Medical Baltimore campus in downtown Baltimore. The program is designed to provide the highest quality training in clinical and critical care medicine, and to provide experience in the fundamentals of clinical and basic science research.
The clinical training program is a busy program. Our fellows develop personally and professionally by acquiring expertise in the diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic intervention of a wide range of critical care diseases. There are more than sufficient numbers of critical care patients and critical care procedures. The major inpatient rotations at the University of Maryland Medical Center include the medical intensive care unit (MICU), the pulmonary medicine consult service, trauma anesthesiology, and the pulmonary medicine transplant service.
The University of Maryland Medical Center has a 29 bed MICU/Intermediate Care Unit located in the newly completed Weinberg building. In the MICU, fellows learn the physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and therapy of critical illness and multi-system disease. On the pulmonary consultative services, the fellows learn to provide expert pulmonary consultation in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of respiratory conditions, and to learn the appropriate indications and contra-indications of the pulmonary specialty procedures, particularly bronchoscopy. Detailed understanding and accurate interpretation of pulmonary function tests (PFTs) is an integral part of this rotation.
In addition to the core inpatient and outpatient rotations, fellows have the opportunity to participate in numerous critical care electives within the program, some of which are required for successful completion of the program. Critical care rotations other than the MICU include:
The Shock Trauma Center is the prototype trauma hospital in the United States. These non-medical ICU rotations expose the fellows to a wide array of critical illnesses which are often not seen within the MICU, and provide the fellows a milieu to learn the principles of critical care within the respective disciplines. In addition to these critical care rotations, numerous pulmonary medicine electives are available for the fellows to meet their pulmonary requirements, and these include rotations in thoracic radiology, pulmonary physiology, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary pathology, interventional bronchoscopy, thoracic surgery, sleep medicine, pulmonary hypertension, and pediatric pulmonary medicine. Read more about our clinical training program here.
The facility in which our fellows rotate is the University of Maryland Medical Center located on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus in downtown Baltimore. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is the principle hospital for the fellowship training program and for our Division. The University of Maryland Medical Center is a major tertiary and primary care facility with approximately 900 beds. The Medical Center cares for more than 30,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients each year, and additionally, serves as a major regional referral center for the most serious and complicated health problems in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. All UMMC physicians are faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Read more about our facilities here.
In addition to faculty teaching which centers around patient care interactions, our Program and Division has comprehensive didactic conferences. The fellows are required to attend three weekly conferences:
Once monthly, this conference is a combined critical care conference with surgical and pediatric critical care specialists. Throughout the year, fellows have responsibilities for preparing and presenting at each of these three major conferences. As an academic institution, there are many additional conferences and lectures that the fellows are encouraged to attend as their schedules allow. These include:
Research and scholarly work is a major priority of our program. The research opportunities at the University of Maryland are numerous, and all faculty in our Division are involved in some manner with either basic science or clinical research efforts. Additionally, our Division Chief, Dr. Jeff Hasday, directs the University of Maryland Inflammation Research Group, a group of over 20 laboratories from the University of Maryland with common interests in mechanisms of inflammation, and this group conducts weekly seminars that have led to extensive collaborations within the School of Medicine. Fellows are expected to spend 12-16 months during the second and third years of fellowship participating in either basic science or clinical research projects under the guidance of the Division Faculty.
The goal of the research rotation is to provide fellows experience in the fundamentals of basic and clinical research within critical care units, inpatient or outpatient services, the pulmonary function laboratory, or the basic science laboratory. Clinical and/or laboratory research projects are complemented by didactic coursework, including a one-week course in clinical research offered by the Department of Epidemiology, and a two week course introducing the trainee to basic laboratory techniques. Fellows are expected to produce scholarly work as a result of their research efforts for publication in peer reviewed journals or for presentation at national meetings.
For those fellows interested in pursuing an academic career, the Division and faculty will fully support any fellow desiring an additional year of fellowship training in order to meet their academic goals. We will provide didactic training and expertise to help support the fellow's research project, and will work towards obtaining extramural funding and improving their competitiveness for career development grants.
Mentored career development awards accessible to the University of Maryland include the individual K08 and K23 awards, the institutional K12 award, and a VA career development award. Our Division has access to a wealth of potential mentors and resources to support a transition to a faculty position. Additionally, the Department of Epidemiology has established a K30-funded clinical research training program that offers a Masters in Clinical Research for those fellows interested in pursuing an additional degree. Read more about our research training here.
The overall goals of our fellowship program are to provide comprehensive clinical training and a broad range of research opportunities in order to create a strong foundation for a subsequent career in Critical Care Medicine. The Division Chief and Fellowship Program Director are committed to achieving these goals. Both meet with each fellow regularly to discuss their current fellowship training experience and their career plans for the future. For those fellows who elect to pursue a career in clinical practice, this fellowship training program provides immense clinical experience along with exposure to clinical or basic science research. For those fellows who elect to pursue a career in academic medicine, this training will provide a springboard for transition to the next step in their academic career development.