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Robert J. Habicht, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Secondary Appointment(s):



UMMC, N13W46

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-7605


(410) 328-7607

Education and Training

Dr. Habicht completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland at College Park with a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology. He subsequently spent 2 years completing research in pediatic HIV at Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. before matriculating into the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed residency training and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Habicht subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of medicine and currently serves as the Program Director for the internal medicine and pediatrics residency training program. He has been involv


Dr. Habicht joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2008. He currently serves as Program Director for the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Training Program and as a hospitalist in both the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Departments. He is actively involved in resident and student education, development of the Med-Peds Program and network, and education and clinical patient safety research. Dr. Habicht is active at both the local and national levels for the advancement of hospital medicine, including previous service as the President of the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and appointments on multiple nationl SHM committees. Dr. Habicht previously served as the Associate Designated Institutional Official for the University of Maryland Medical Center where he helped guide and oversee graduate medical education. He enjoys working with and teaching medical students and residentsand is involved with several medical school and residency education committees including the Clinical Years Committee. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Hospital medicine, Med-Peds, Residency work hours, patient hand-overs, etiquette-based communication

Highlighted Publications

Block L, Habicht R, Wu AW, et al. In the Wake of the 2003 and 2011 Duty Hours Regulations, How Do Internal Medicine Interns Spend Their Time?. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Aug;28(8):1042-7. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2376-6.

Block L, Hutzler L, Habicht R, et al. Do internal medicine interns practice etiquette-based communication? A critical look at the inpatient encounter. J Hosp Med. 2013 Oct;8(11):631-634. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2092.

Block L, Habicht R, Oyuladi FO, et al. Variability in hand hygiene practices among internal medicine interns. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Nov;41(11):1107-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.03.303.

Block L, Habicht R, Wu AW, Desai SV, Wang K, Silva KN, Niessen T, Oliver N, Feldman L. A post-2011 time motion study--the authors' reply. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan;29(1):24. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2669-9.

Millstein LS, Charnaya O, Hart J, Habicht R,  Giudice E, Custer J, Lewin L. Implementation of a monitored educational curriculum and impact on pediatrics resident in-training examination scores. J Grad Med Educ. 2014 Jun;6(2):377-8. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-14-00080.1.

Habicht R, Block L, Silva K, et al. Assessing intern hand-over processes. Clin Teach. 2016 Jun;13(3):187-91. doi: 10.1111/tct.12404. Epub 2015 Jun 18. PMID: 26084201.