What We Teach:

The overriding principle of the Johns Hopkins Adult Critical Care Fellowship 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 that is integrated with the Department of Surgery’s Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine and highlights a significant commitment to critical care medicine as an independent subspecialty.

Adult Critical Care Fellowship

ACGME Accredited: Yes

Duration of Program: 1 Year, additional years for research, further education (e.g. MPH, Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation), or other subspecialty fellowships can be accommodated on an individual basis

Positions Available: 7

Application Date(s)/Deadline(s): Applications accepted October 1st through February 28th. Interviews will take place between February 1st and April 30th.

Basic Qualifications: Completion of an ACGME accredited residency in Anesthesiology or Surgery (see details below)

Match Process: Critical Care Anesthesiology Match (www.sfmatch.org) (link to how to apply section below)

All applicants must register with the San Francisco Matching Program (information can be found on www.sfmatch.org)

Please also include the following with your SF Match application submission:

  • Current photograph (passport size or similar)
  • 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.
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Medical school performance evaluation (in English)

Applications will be reviewed only after receipt of all required materials to the SF Match.


  • On-site interviews are initiated at the request of the fellowship director and are required before consideration of acceptance.
  • Not all applicants are granted interviews.
  • Interviews are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis until interview slots are full. Interviews occur on Mondays in February, March and April.
  • Arrangements for remote interviews will be made only on an exceptional basis (i.e. those serving overseas as active duty military).

Applicant rank lists are due to the Critical Care Anesthesiology match by May 22, 2016.

Positions not filled through the match process may be offered subsequently to individuals otherwise meeting all eligibility requirements.

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.

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

Clinical Exposure

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.

Formal Education

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
  • Outcomes
  • Risk Factor Assessments
  • Process Assessments
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Sepsis
  • ARDS
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Informatics
  • Basic Sciences
  • Sympathetic Nervous System
  • Hemostatic Function
  • Cytokine Responses
  • Vasomotor Reactivity
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Phospholipase Enzyme Systems

Rachel Choron, MD
Simon Fitzgerald, MD
Sumit Kumar, MD
Yann-Leei (Larry) Lee, MD
Ayonija Maheshwari, MD, MPH
Sinead Nyhan, MD
Philip Mitchell Sommer, MD
Connie Wang, MD

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

Program Director
Theresa L. Hartsell, MD, PhD

Program Coordinator
Euyna Cox