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Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Under the direction of Dr. Shobana Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor and Acting Division Director, the University Of Maryland Division Of Obstetric Anesthesiology has two full-time and 10 part-time faculty providing full time 24-hour faculty coverage of senior residents and fellows. There are approximately 2,000 deliveries a year (approximately 90% high risk), with 70% of women undergoing vaginal delivery receiving epidural analgesia. With a 28% abdominal delivery rate, this translates to about 80% of our patients receiving anesthesia. We have approximately 4,000 non-delivery admissions and are actively involved in the care of approximately 3-4 critically ill gravidae per month, often hospitalized with severe cardiac, neurologic, traumatic disease and requiring mechanical ventilation and invasive monitoring.

The perinatal care team consists of Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows and attendings including the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences in basic science research. The Division has an active history of clinical and translational research and can provide many opportunities within the Department of Anesthesiology, as well as in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. These include basic and clinical science, an extensive fetal database and an obstetric emergency simulator program.

The Obstetric Anesthesiology fellow is an integral part of the Complex Obstetric Surgical Service, directed by Dr. Ozhan Turan, and multi-disciplinary simulation program. Over the past 31 years, the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology has trained approximately 32 fellows, many of whom have moved on to leadership roles in Obstetric Anesthesiology at other institutions. The fellow spends one year of training in obstetric anesthesiology that includes three months of research, two weeks of Maternal Fetal Medicine and two weeks of Neonatology training.

How to Apply

Policies and Information for applying to the Department of Anesthesiology Fellowship Programs:

Your file is complete when we receive:

  1. The completed University of Maryland Application for Fellowship in Anesthesiology. The application must have an original signature.
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Your Personal Statement (name and credentials should appear on the personal statement)
  4. A copy of your medical school transcript
  5. Your USMLE I, II & III /COMLEX scores
  6. Your specialty specific In-Service, In-Training exam or Board Scores
  7. Three letters of reference; one of which should be from the chairman or program director of your training program

All documents (items 1-6) should be submitted and received in full.

All Letters of Recommendation should be sent directly from the respective writer, unless the LORs are in a sealed envelope with their signature across the back.

Applications and LORs can be sent by postal mail or courier to:

Dr. Shobana Bharadwaj, Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program Director
c/o Residency & Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Maryland Medical Center
22 South Greene Street, Suite S11C00
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Electronic submissions should be sent to:

For more information, please view the Obstetric Anesthesiology webpage.