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Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship

The University of Maryland Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine (RAAPM) Fellowship is a full-time fellowship position, complying with all standards imposed by the ACGME for fellowships in anesthesiology subspecialties. We accommodate one fellow per year. Clinical experience is divided between the University of Maryland Medical Center’s main campus, the Shock Trauma Center and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute (UMROI). UMROI has busy total joint replacement and outpatient sports medicine practices.  Peripheral nerve catheters are regularly employed, giving fellows the opportunity to learn about their management in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. At the main campus and Shock Trauma (the busiest trauma center in the country), fellows provide all types of regional anesthetics including thoracic epidurals, paravertebral blocks, serratus/pectoralis blocks, TAP blocks, cranial nerve blocks and all the extremity plexus and nerve blocks. Fellows perform or supervise residents performing over 1,500 blocks per year. 

In addition to excellent clinical experience, there is also ample opportunity for scholarly endeavors. Fellows receive one day per week of nonclinical time and two months of elective time. Fellows are expected to engage in a research or quality improvement project with a faculty mentor with the goal of publication or presentation at a national meeting. Fellows participate in regular didactic lectures, journal clubs and our nationally-attended annual regional anesthesia conference led by our department and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. We have experienced faculty, including nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of Regional Anesthesia.

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, hard-working individuals.  Interested applicants must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in anesthesiology prior to starting the fellowship. 

Current Fellows

Christopher Jones, MD

  • Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center


MAPRAS physicians are interested in expanding the knowledge and practice of Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine. With diverse academic interests, our faculty has collaborated with other physicians and researchers both within and outside the greater University of Maryland system. Currently, we have multiple ongoing research projects exploring the use of extended release local anesthetics, the efficacy of continuous peripheral nerve blockade in patients undergoing complex elbow surgery, the impact of patient positioning on lower extremity sonoanatomy, and the use of Artificial Intelligence to aid the performance of regional blocks. Our faculty members have authored numerous scholarly journal articles, book chapters, case reports, and have published books. We strongly encourage our residents and fellows to participate in the Program’s academic pursuits.

Recent Publications

Slade IR, Samet RE. Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia for Acute Trauma Patients. Anesthesiol Clin. 2018;36(3):431-454. PMID:30092939.

Bigeleisen PE. Design and Production of an Articulating Needle Guide for Ultrasound-Guided Needle Block Manufactured With a Three-Dimensional Printer: Technical Communication. A A Case Rep. 2017;8(10):272-275. PMID:28328582.

Pittman TD, DiStephano A, Chow R, Samet R. Ultrasound-guided Phrenic Nerve Block for Intractable Hiccups in Patients with Metastatic Colon Cancer: A Case Report. Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine. 2017;7(3). Accessed April 30, 2018.

Bigeleisen PE. Safety and Subepineural Injections. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2017;42(1):126. PMID:27997496.

Orebaugh SL, Bigeleisen PE. Nerve Roots, Trunks, and the Vagaries of Ultrasound. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2017;42(2):268-270. PMID:28207643.

How to Apply

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: 

Ron E. Samet MD, Director, Program in Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine
c/o Residency & Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Maryland Medical Center
22 South Greene Street, Suite S11B00
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Phone: (410) 328-1239
Fax: (410) 328-0546

Electronic submissions should be sent to: