University of Maryland Medical System / Shock Trauma Center

Affiliated with University of Maryland — Baltimore, MD

  • Trauma only
  • Critical Care only
  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Positions available: 12
  • Salary: Commensurate with PGY level.
  • Program Director: William C. Chiu, M.D., FACS; Trauma Director: Thomas M. Scalea, M.D., FACS

Last updated: September 09, 2011

The Fellowship clinical experience is based at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center. The goal of the Fellowship is to produce academic leaders in the areas of critical care and trauma. Under the guidance of a strong faculty, Fellows master the cutting edge techniques of critical care management, including new methods of mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal support of failing organs.

The Fellowship is a one-year program involving patient care, education, and research. The program includes the following rotations: two months of trauma surgery as trauma team leader, two months in the MultiTrauma Critical Care Unit, two months in the NeuroTrauma Critical Care Unit, and one month in the SelectTrauma Critical Care Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; two months in the Surgical ICU, one month in the Cardiac Surgery ICU, and one month in Emergency General Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center; one month in Echocardiography training; and one month of elective. Electives are available in trauma radiology, trauma anesthesiology, trauma infectious diseases, soft tissue surgery, interventional radiology, emergency medical services, pediatric, medical, neurocare, and burn ICU.

Fellows become proficient in the evaluation of critically ill and injured patients; the initiation of appropriate and complete diagnostic and treatment plans; the development and implementation of patient care plans; and providing leadership. The Fellow has full responsibility as trauma team leader, gaining a broad range of experience in the management of blunt and penetrating trauma, and the use of FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma). Administratively, the Fellows are expected to grasp the art and science of trauma team administration and to achieve a working understanding of the major issues in trauma care, such as resource allocation, costs and ethical dilemmas. Upon the completion of this one-year Fellowship, Fellows will have acquired the necessary knowledge and experience to be eligible to sit for the certifying examination for Added Qualifications in Surgical Critical Care given by the American Board of Surgery.

Fellows may opt to remain for a second Fellowship year where they are provided opportunities for clinical research through the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center research program, as well as through an affiliation with the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University. Fellows may apply for the Master’s of Public Health degree program at Johns Hopkins through this affiliation. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and pre-hospital research opportunities are available through the National Study Center for Trauma and EMS, and in cooperation with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS).

Program started 1970

How to apply

Qualifications: Completion of PGY-3 year in Surgery Residency or Emergency Medicine Residency.

William C. Chiu, M.D., FACS, FCCM
c/o Stephanie E. Jordan, T3R32
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
University of Maryland Medical System
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1595

About the hospital

  • Beds: 747
  • ICU beds: 220
  • Annual ED visits: 64960
  • Annual trauma admissions: 7702
  • Trauma faculty: 54

Fellowship procedures

  • Total surgical (annually): 6545
  • General surgical: 27%
  • Trauma: 73%
  • Blunt trauma: 85%
  • Penetrating trauma: 15%


22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1595

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