Facilities - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides a comprehensive training program that utilizes the resources of our Division as well as other Divisions and Departments on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. The three major facilities in which our fellows train are the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the Baltimore VA Medical Center located on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus in downtown Baltimore, and the UMMC Midtown Medical Center. UMMC is the principle hospital for our fellowship training program and for our Division. All UMMC physicians are faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. We also have resources available from other local institutions, including the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins University.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a major tertiary and primary care facility with approximately 900 beds. The Medical Center cares for more than 30,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients each year. In each unit, doctors, nurses, students, clinical pharmacists and support staff work as a team to promote unified and comprehensive care for every patient.
There are multiple medical teams at UMMC, including 8 medical services. There are numerous critical care units, including the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Coronary Care Unit (CCU), Cardiac Surgery ICU (CS-ICU), General Surgery ICU (SICU), Neurologic ICU, and three critical care units within the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Many of these critical care units have step-down units (IMC) as well. Several specialty units are located within UMMC, including the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Greenebaum Cancer Center. Medical residents provide patient care under the direct supervision of faculty and subspecialty fellows serve as consultants and participate in specialized care.
In January 1993, the new Baltimore VA Medical Center opened adjacent to University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Both hospitals are conveniently connected by an indoor walk-way, which facilitates integration of educational and clinical activities. The Baltimore VA Medical Center serves as the central referral hospital for pulmonary diseases for a large area serving West Virginia, central Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
The VA Medical Center is a 324-bed facility. The hospital contains a fully digitalized radiology department, as well as a computerized medical record system. The fellowship benefits from the presence and location of the Baltimore VA Medical Center, a key component of both the clinical and research training programs. The VA Medical Center allows the fellows to care for numerous pulmonary and critical care patients and have the opportunity to perform pulmonary and critical care procedures in a patient population different from that which is seen at UMMC. The VA medical center is on campus and directly connects to UMMC via a walking indoor bridge. This allows the Division to cover both hospitals with a single, fully integrated faculty and to have a single didactic conference series.
The Baltimore facility is only one of two VA Medical Centers in the country that have two large federally funded programs in geriatrics -- the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC) and a Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. It is ranked among the top 5 percent of VA Medical Centers in VA-funded research.
UMMC Midtown Medical Center
Located in Baltimore a few minutes from the primary UMMC Medical Center, the UMMC Midtown Campus is a 200-bed non-profit, community teaching hospital. In 1999, the Midtown Medical Center became part of the University of Maryland Medical System. The Midtown campus provides care in more than 30 medical specialties, and each year, serves about 100,000 patients. In 2010, a new facility was opened which includes state-of-the-art operating suites, an 18-bed intensive care unit, a new Sleep Disorders Center, and a new Post-Acute Specialty Program (PASP) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. The UMMC Midtown Campus has continued to grow and expand its services over the past few years as part of its ongoing commitment to support the health of the Baltimore community.