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Critical Care Medicine at UMMC - MICU 548


Successful completion of the Internal Medicine clerkship and be in the 4th quarter of third year.


University of Maryland Medical Center


  1. Perform primary management in the care of the critically ill patient.
  2. Understand the pathophysiology and management of respiratory failure, including ventilator management.
  3. Understand the pathophysiology and management of severe hypotension.


Students will learn how to care for patients with a variety of critical care illnesses, including pulmonary, kidney, liver, heart, and central nervous system failure. Students will also learn the principals of ventilator and hemodynamic management, develop expertise in interpreting x-rays of critically ill patients, and understand the ethical issues associated with caring for the critically ill patient. Finally, students will learn how to perform a variety of procedures, including central line insertion, thoracentesis, paracentesis, and endotracheal intubation.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes
Shift work - No
Evenings - Yes
Weekends - Yes
Call – Yes, until 9 pm

Course Director::

Philip C. Dittmar, MD, FACP

Administrative Contact:

Theresa Jackson
(410) 328-6070
Fax: (410) 328-0267  

Additional Information:

Teaching conferences include Attending Rounds seven days per week, Morning Report (Mondays-Fridays), and Medical Grand Rounds on Wednesdays at noon. Key faculty of the Department of Medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center and the Chief of the Medical Service at the VA hold a special clinical conference weekly for the student interns on Thursdays at 2:30pm. Sub-interns are also welcome to attend all noon resident conferences during the week.

Learning during duty hours will be by preceptor and problem-oriented record keeping. Students will be taught to be skilled in phlebotomy, starting intravenous lines, examining body fluids, taking and interpreting EKGs and other laboratory test results required for optimal patient care.

All students electing a medical sub-internship are required to spend at least one month at one of the primary teaching hospitals (University Medical Center, VA Medical Center, or Mercy Medical Center). Schedule change requests must be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the rotation. It will NOT be possible to change a rotation after this time.


Last Revision: January 9, 2014