The Anesthesiology Residents at Johns Hopkins are encouraged to explore their passions and areas of interests during their time in the program. In addition, there are defined tracks in research and critical care and a combined program with the Department of Pediatrics offered.

The relationship between the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Anesthesiology is a strong one with close collaboration between the program director of pediatrics, Janet Serwint, and the program director of anesthesiology, Deborah Schwengel. For this combined program, Dr. Serwint serves as the program director and Dr. Schwengel serves as the associate program director. Candidates for combined training should have thought carefully about their intended career goals, since this combined program adds an additional year of training and requires commitment to achieving and maintaining Board certifications in both specialties and subspecialties. Candidates considering combined training must be committed to a life-long career in the care of children with complex illnesses and needs. The combined training option is ideal for students wishing to complete training with a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine and/or pediatric anesthesiology; however, combined training is not required to obtain pediatric critical care training or pediatric anesthesiology training. Interested individuals can train in pediatric critical care medicine after completing a pediatric residency, and those interested in pediatric anesthesiology fellowship training can do so after completing an anesthesiology residency. Another career option for combined trainees is subspecialization in pediatric pain medicine. However, combined program trainees are not guaranteed fellowship positions.

Typical trainees are very highly motivated individuals desiring the opportunity to be advocates for children but are also willing to spend some time training in the care of adults (required anesthesiology training). We look for candidates who have prepared diligently to make a well-informed decision about the personal commitment required for combined training and have a love of children that supersedes the cost of the longer training time. At Hopkins we have years of experience in training doctors who have completed separate pediatric and anesthesiology residencies. We know that we produce extremely well-prepared doctors in the subspecialty areas of pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric anesthesiology. Our graduates are all over the country. Consider joining pediatric and anesthesiology training programs that are among the oldest and most renowned in the country, now combined to formally integrate residency training into a five year program that ensures eligibility for Board certification in both pediatrics and anesthesiology. The NRMP number for this combined program is: 1242726C0.

The following table shows the rotations that will completed in each year of training, but not necessarily in the pictured order. Please click on the chart to enlarge it.

The program is approved by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Anesthesiology. To view their information on the requirements for these programs please choose a link below:

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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.

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. 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.  Building on the rich history of Hopkins leadership in medical discovery, the Research Scholar’s track has been designed to enrich the research pursuits of clinician-scientists in training. Furthermore, it is the first stage in an accelerated pathway for individuals deemed to have great potential for and commitment to a career pathway as leaders in academic anesthesiology.

Research Scholars are selected during the residency application through a concurrent application process.  During interviews, applicants to the program will meet with faculty who have expertise in their area of research interest as well as with faculty who have successfully followed a career pathway similar to what the applicant envisions.  Each Research Scholar’s schedule is tailor-made by the residency program in consultation with the Scholar’s scientific mentors and the departmental research leadership to maximize protected research time and to allocate time in order to best support the Scholar’s individual project.  The emphasis during the residency years is on identifying mentorship, designing and piloting a project, and engaging with the institutional and national research community.  The program is designed to interface seamlessly with a progression to a period of protected research time during a clinical fellowship and/or a junior faculty appointment supported by our highly successful NIH T32 Training Grant Program. Scholars are then expected to progress to mentored career awards (FAER or other foundations, NIH K08, Johns Hopkins CSA, etc.).  Junior investigators in the department have a high rate of success in obtaining these awards, due to national recognition of the strength of our research environment, the plethora of outstanding research mentors available to our junior faculty, a well as rigorous internal review and oversight.

The department makes a strong resource commitment to the career development of the individuals selected for the Research Scholars Track and who progress successfully through this program.  In recognition of the sacrifices that are required to build a career as a physician-scientist, and our high expectations of individuals in this track, the Scholars receive a stipend in addition to the traditional base salary during the residency years. During residency, travel to scientific conferences is supported by the department, in order to promote engagement with the anesthesiology research community.  After residency, through the T32 grant, Scholars have the opportunity to take two years with a 75% commitment to research while earning a salary at the junior faculty level.  Tuition coverage is available for further coursework or degree programs that are necessary to the Scholar’s progression.  Internal department mentored career grants are available during the junior faculty stage to help support personnel and material costs for the Scholar’s project through our newly instituted and well funded “Simulating and Advancing ACCM Research” or StAAR Grant program.

Residency applicants who would like to apply for the Research Scholars Track should check the appropriate box on ERAS and contact the program. Inquiries about the program or the application process are encouraged, and should be directed to the faculty director, Dr. C. David

The Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine has a wealth of opportunities in the international arena. Check out some of our international programs below!

Soteria Global Alliance

International Obstetric and Regional Anesthesia

Pediatric International Outreach and Education