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ICU/Critical Care Scholars Track

The Critical Care Scholars Track is designed to accelerate the careers of future anesthesiology-trained intensivists.  Exposure to the care of patients with critical illness at Hopkins is unparalleled. The core program is centered on surgical intensive care environments: the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU, 16 beds), the Weinberg Intensive Care Unit (WICU, 20 beds), and the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CSICU, 15 beds).  Additional rotations in the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, Neurovascular Critical Care Unit, Medical ICU, Pediatric ICU, Oncology ICU, and Burn ICU are also available. Beyond these ICU experience, other rotations in critical care-related fields are available, such as renal medicine, infectious disease, cardiology (cardiomyopathy or EP services), critical care nutrition, interventional pulmonary, echocardiography, and others.

All residents accepted into the Critical Care Scholars Track are accepted into the Adult Critical Care Fellowship training program. Prior to fellowship training in critical care, a traditional Clinical Base Year and Clinical Anesthesia years CA-1 through CA-3 are completed. Four months of ICU time during CA-1 and CA-2 years is scheduled into the Critical Care Scholars Track. Critical Care Fellowship, reserved for the CA-4 year at most traditional fellowship programs, will be divided up between the CA-3 and CA-4 years. Completion of this program provides the opportunity to be American Board of Anesthesiology  eligible for both anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

This track is specifically targeted towards applicants interested in careers in academic critical care medicine and who will benefit from early and longitudinal professional mentorship along with the opportunity to identify and solidify research areas of interest early in the residency program. Longitudinal learning experiences designed particularly for critical care scholars and current fellows are also included in the Critical Care Scholars Track. Additional information about the traditional Critical Care Fellowship may be found here.

Research Scholars Track

The Research Scholars Track is designed to cultivate the next generation of physician-scientists in the field of anesthesiology. The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University has excelled in providing leadership and innovation in all aspects of discovery including its creation, dissemination, and application. Building on the rich history of Hopkins as a leader in field of medical research, this track has been designed to enrich the scientific pursuits of clinical-scientists in training.  Access to our faculty includes world-class investigators (MD, MD/PhD, and PhD scientists) conducting multidisciplinary research in a number of research areas with major programs in Cardiovascular, Cerebrovascular, Neuroscience, Pulmonary, Pain, Patient Safety and Health Outcomes, and Perioperative Research. Research mentors may be chosen from these or other fields within the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.

Residents accepted to this program complete a standard Clinical Base Year. During that internship year, Research Scholars are encouraged to spend a one month elective at Johns Hopkins learning about various research opportunities and selecting a team of advisors and investigators to work with in their field of interest. Research Scholars decide with the guidance of their mentor, how to allocate their dedicated research time into their clinical schedule for the CA-2 through CA-4 years. Per American Board of Anesthesiology requirements, a minimum of 27 months of Clinical Anesthesia time must be completed. Anesthesia boards are contingent on completion of clinical anesthesia requirements and may be taken at the conclusion of either the CA-3 or CA-4 year, dependent on when the minimal clinical requirements are completed. Research Scholars are supported in their junior faculty years under our NIH T32 Training Grant Program.  Research Scholars also receive a stipend beyond the traditional base salary during the residency years. Travel to scientific conferences is supported by the department.

Residents committed to a career in research may apply for the Research Scholars Track, but no prior formal training in research is required.  More information on Research Program in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine may be found here.

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