Welcome to the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland. We are thrilled that you are taking the time to learn more about our program.

We offer 1-2 positions each year, for a total complement of 4 PICU fellows, to applicants who have completed a US-based residency program in Pediatrics or Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and are board-certified or board-eligible by the ABP.

All of our lectures are designed with your health in mind and our unit operations are focused on social distancing and the safety of our staff and our patients and families.

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System includes a 19 bed multi-disciplinary Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Over 1000 patients with various medical and surgical diagnoses are admitted each year.

The UMMS PICU provides monitoring and life sustaining treatment for critically ill patients throughout Baltimore and the greater Maryland area.

We provide advanced respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurologic support for our patients. Multidisciplinary care is provided by a team including not only critical care physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses, but also respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, nutritionists, social workers, child life specialists, and chaplains. We provide a full complement of pediatric subspecialists to augment the care provided in the PICU.

A critical care transport team, Maryland ExpressCare for Kids, staffed by specialty trained pediatric critical care transport nurses and paramedics is designated for the transport of these critically ill infants and children.

Training Experience

The fellowship training program provides a balance between the practical experience and theoretical knowledge necessary to achieve clinical excellence in treating critically ill children as well as the research training necessary to pursue a career in academic medicine.

The total duration of the fellowship program is three years, dedicating approximately half the duration to clinical medicine and half to research.

Under the direction of the attending physicians, fellows learn to care for critically ill children in the PICU through a combination of hands-on experience and supervision of residents.

As members of the transport team, the fellows also learn to stabilize critically ill children and act as consultants to physicians in community hospitals. Fellows rotate with pediatric anesthesiology and the Shock Trauma Institute, as well as Johns Hopkins University for additional trauma experience. Responsibility for formulating care plans and managing the PICU is assigned to fellows in a graduated fashion commensurate with experience and ability.


If an academically oriented critical care fellowship program appeals to you, please submit your application.

For inquiries about the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship program, please contact Cortney Foster DO, Fellowship Program Director cfoster@som.umaryland.edu and Yudy Fonseca MD, Associate Program Director yfonseca@som.umaryland.edu.

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