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Adult Critical Care Fellowship

Quick Facts

  • ACGME Program ID: 0452321034
  • Accredited by: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Fellowship positions available: 7
  • Duration of program: 12 months (1 year fellowship)
    Additional years for research, further education (e.g., MPH, Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation), or other sub-specialty fellowships can be accommodated on an individual basis.
  • Application submission: Applications for fellowship year beginning in July 2018 will be accepted as early as October 1, 2016.  Application submission for fellowship year 2018 ends April 1, 2017. We participate in the Critical Care Anesthesiology Match ( Review the “How to Apply/Application Process” section of website.
  • Interviews: Interviews will take place between February 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.
  • Applicant Qualifications: Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Anesthesiology or Surgery. (See Applicant Eligibility Criteria) We do not, at this time, offer a two year program acceptable for board eligibility for Emergency Medicine applicants.


An overriding principle behind our program is that one does not specialize but "generalizes" in Critical Care Medicine. This multidisciplinary tenet resounds through all levels of these fellowship programs. This program reflects a cross-disciplinary perspective and highlights a significant commitment to critical care medicine as an independent subspecialty.

This program is an integrated fellowship with the Department of Surgery's Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine and utilizes all resources which presently reside at Johns Hopkins Hospital and its affiliate JHBMC.

The core program is centered in a surgical intensive care environment including the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU, 16-beds), the Weinberg Intensive Care Unit (Weinberg ICU, 20-beds), and the cardiac Surgical Intensive care Unit (15 beds). Patients, representing more than 9,000 patient-days, are admitted from the adult trauma, transplant, vascular, cardiac, thoracic, orthopedic, plastic, obstetric, gynecologic-oncology, endocrine and general surgical services.


Additional rotations in the Medical ICU, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, Neurovascular ICU and Pediatric ICU are routinely provided. Rotations through the Oncology ICU and the Burn ICU (JHBMC) are available for appropriate candidates. Electives are available in all medical subspecialties as well as Pulmonary Physiology, Echocardiography and Infection Control.

Mission, Goals, & Objectives

The overall goal of the Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University is to:

  • Provide an educational environment optimized for the development of clinician/Basic science leaders in multidisciplinary critical care;
  • Allow fellow to build mastery in diagnosis and management of complex problems in critically ill patients;
  • Allow fellow to acquire an appreciation for the depth and breadth of the specialty of critical care medicine including: scientific principles, medico-legal issues, ethical dilemmas, administrative duties, educator responsibilities and benefits, and performance improvement;
  • Teach principles of study design and statistical analysis;
  • Allow the fellow to appreciate the role of information management in the critical care setting; and
  • Provide clinical and basic science research opportunities


Formal educational programs include a daily lecture series that covers an extensive list of critical care topics related to physiology, pharmacology, patient management, critical care billing, and unit administration. A multidisciplinary weekly journal club meets with participation from fellows and attendings from the SICU, MICU, CSICU, NCCU and PICU. Monthly performance improvement meetings, clinical research forums and multi-unit case conferences further enhance the educational environment. ICU Teaching Conferences include:

  • Critical Care Journal Club
  • ICU Morbidity and Mortality
  • ICU Performance Improvement
  • Critical Care Case Conference
  • Critical Care Research
  • ICU Fellow Seminar


Typically individuals participating in the two-year tracks have a strong interest in clinical or basic science research.  Research integrating staff and support across all of the adult, pediatric, and neonatal ICUs and related Primary Departments demonstrates further our commitment to multidisciplinary CCM and its acceptance hospital and university-wide.  We provide research opportunities in:

Health Sciences



Basic Sciences

Risk Factor Assessments

Sympathetic Nervous System

Process Assessment

Hemostatic Function

Clinical Sciences

Cytokine Responses


Vasomotor Reactivity




Phospholipase Enzyme Systems

How to Apply/Application Process

As of fall 2013, the Critical Care Anesthesia Fellowship Program has joined the SF match system.  Information about the SF match system process can be found on the San Francisco Matching Program website as well as the Adult Critical Care Fellowship website. Individuals interested in applying for entry into the July 2018 fellowship may do so as early as October 1, 2016. All applicants must be registered with the San Francisco match (

Initial steps for candidates interested in applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the Critical Care Anesthesiology Common Application Form (CAF) found on the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) website. (Please note that the SOCCA application is not compatible with most MAC computers, therefore, some information may not be transmitted. In such cases please print out and scan or mail a hardcopy of the application).

  2. Submit the application (electronic copies are preferred, but hard copies are accepted) and the following supporting documents to the Adult Critical Care Fellowship program
    • Current photograph (passport size or similar)
    • Current curriculum vitae (only if additional information is present and not reflected in the CAF)
    • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation
      • At least 1 letter must reflect your performance in a critical care unit setting.
      • Letters should be addressed to Dr. Theresa Hartsell at the contact address below and should be dated within the past 12 months. Electronic copies are acceptable if sent from the letter author or their administrative staff.  
    • Letter of satisfactory completion of residency education, for those candidates not currently enrolled in residency training
    • Copy of Visa information (if applicable)
    • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
    • Copies of USMLE (1 & 2) score reports
    • Anesthesia ITE or Surgery ABSITE Exam Scores
    • Medical school transcripts
    • Medical school performance evaluation (in English)

Applications will be closely reviewed only after receipt of all required materials. An on-site interview, initiated at the request of the fellowship director, is required before consideration for acceptance. However, not all applicants are granted interviews. Intangibles such as evidence of scholarship, judgment, maturity, motivation, and interpersonal skills are all considered. Acceptance into a program is based on demonstrated academic qualification, interpersonal skills, and evidence of ability to function in a multidisciplinary setting.

Interviews will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis until interview slots are full.  We will interview on Mondays in February, March, and April. Arrangements for remote interviews will be made only on an exceptional basis, including those applicants who may be serving overseas as active duty military.

Following interviews, applicant rank lists are due to the Critical Care Anesthesiology match by May 22, 2017.

For more information about the fellowship program or the application process, please contact:

Theresa Hartsell, MD, PhD
Director, Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer 291
Baltimore, MD 21287

Critical Care Medicine Fellow Eligibility/Selection Policy

Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) common application form and all supporting documents, attend a one day interview with our faculty in Baltimore, and participate in the Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship Match (via the SF match at

Exceptions to the requirement for an on-site interview will be made on rare occasion, typically only for those applicants currently on active overseas duty with the U.S. military for the entirety of the interview period.  Positions not filled through the match process may be offered subsequently to individuals otherwise meeting all eligibility criteria.
All fellows must additionally meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be either:
    • Graduate of medical schools in the US and Canada accredited by the LCME, or
    • Graduate of osteopathic medicine in the US accredited by AOA, or
    • Graduate of medical schools outside the US or Canada who have a currently valid certificate from the ECFMG. 
  • Must be either enrolled in, or have graduated from, an ACGME-accredited residency program in anesthesiology or surgery.  Prospective fellows who have graduated from residency must provide a letter from their residency training program director verifying successful completion of training at the time of application.  Applicants currently enrolled in a training program must have verification of successful completion provided prior to starting the fellowship.
  • Must have demonstrated experience and aptitude in critical care medicine. 
  • Must be legally able to maintain training/employment in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship program.  Our program will sponsor J1 (exchange) visas for appropriate non-US citizens, and will assume sponsorship of an H1B visa for applicants currently sponsored by another institution.
  • Must be eligible for a Maryland medical license or to be registered in Maryland as an unregistered medical practitioner.
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Must successfully complete the Johns Hopkins Credentialing process and be approved for clinical duty by the Johns Hopkins Medical Staff Office.


Promise Ariyo, MD - Assistant Professor

Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor

Michael Banks, MD

Sean Berenholtz, MD, MHS, FCCM – Professor. Research Focus: applying rigorous clinical research methods to improve the quality of care in the intensive care unit.

Todd Dorman, MD, FCCM – Professor

David Efron, MD, FACS – Associate Professor

Nauder Faraday, MD – Associate Professor. Research Focus: translational and clinical research programs in platelet biology and perioperative genomics.

Adil Haider, MD, MPH

Theresa Hartsell, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor

Elliot Haut, MD, FACS – Associate Professor

Asad Latif, MD, MPH – Assistant Professor

Pamela Lipsett, MD, FACS, FCCM – Professor

Pedro Mendez-Tellez, MD – Assistant Professor

Julius Pham, MD – Assistant Professor. Research Focus: patient safety, patient care in the intensive care unit, quality health care, evidence-based medicine, and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts.

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM – Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery, Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, The Bloomberg School of Public Health, Professor, School of Nursing, Medical Director, Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, Director, Quality and Safety Research Group. Research Focus: patient safety, patient care in the intensive care unit, quality health care, evidence-based medicine, and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts.

Aliaskei Pustavoitau, MD – Assistant Professor. Research Focus: models and mechanisms of impaired consciousness in patients with acute brain injury.

Mark Romig, MD – Assistant Professor

Adam Sapirstein, MD – Associate Professor. Research Focus: the roles of phospholipases A2 and their lipid metabolites in brain injury.

Dora Syin, MD

Brad Winters, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor. Research Focus: patient safety, patient care in the intensive care unit, quality health care, evidence-based medicine, and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts.

Adult Critical Care Fellows

Lee Goeddel, M.D.
Torre Halscott, M.D.
Sameer Kaiser, M.D.
Francis Lou Kirk, M.D.
Benjamin Moses, M.D.
Amit Prabhakar, M.D.
Rahul Raghavan, M.D.
Selma Siddiqui, M.D.


Adult Critical Care Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
600 N. Wolfe Street, Meyer 296
Baltimore, MD 21287

Theresa L. Hartsell, MD, PhD, Program Director
Theresa L. Hartsell, MD, PhD
Program Director

Euyna Cox
Program Coordinator


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