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Critical Care Medicine at UMMC - MICU 548


Successful completion of Internal Medicine and Surgery Clerkships


University of Maryland Medical Center

Description and Goals:

The goal of this rotation is to learn the Principals of critical care medicine. 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 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 10 pm

Faculty Responsible:

Philip C. Dittmar, MD

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), Ambulatory Medicine Conference on Monday, Medical Grand Rounds and CPC's on Wednesday, and Journal Club. 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. 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 drawing blood, starting IV's, 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: April 16, 2013