Education & Training – Anesthesia Residency Program
Thank you for your interest in the Boston Medical Center residency training program in Anesthesiology! The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and applications to the program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) only. The following information must be submitted to ERAS by the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete:
- ERAS Application form
- Curriculum Vitae, including any honors, publications and presentations
- Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or Dean’s Letter
- Official medical school transcript
- USMLE scores (Step I required, Step II and III if available). COMLEX scores are accepted.
- At least three letters of recommendation. It is recommended that the letters be written by someone who is very familiar with your clinical work and who is accustomed to writing letters of recommendation (Clerkship Director, Program Director, Director of Service or a senior clinician), and at least one must be from an Anesthesiologist.
- Personal Statement
- ECFMG certificate (for foreign medical grads)
Only those applicants with complete applications will be considered for an interview. Our deadline for all application materials is October 15th and while we do review applications received after the deadline, interviews are rarely granted unless there are extenuating circumstances. Interviews will be granted via email on a rolling basis. We hold interviews on four Fridays between November and January and will interview roughly 25 people per day. The interview dates for 2013 – 2014 are:
- Friday November 15, 2013
- Friday, December 6, 2013
- Friday, December 13, 2013
- Friday, January 3, 2014
The Department of Anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center offers two program tracks for the NRMP match. The Categorical track (# 1257040C0) is a 4-year program which includes a preliminary surgical year in conjunction with the Boston VA Healthcare System. The Advanced track (# 1257040A0) is a 3-year program where the applicant would need to secure a first-year position elsewhere. We offer 9 positions in the NRMP match each year; in the 2013 match we had 4 Advanced and 5 Categorical positions available.
Categorical Anesthesiology ProgramWith the 2013 match, the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center introduced a PGY-1 year. It is a surgical-based PGY-1 year which is co-administered with the Department of Surgery at the Boston VA Healthcare System (BVAHS). The BVAHS provides tertiary surgical care at two campuses, one in West Roxbury and one in Jamaica Plain. The academic year for PGY-1’s will be broken down as follows:
- 8 months on the wards (5 in surgery and 1 mo. in each of urology, orthopedics, otorhinolaryngology)
- 2 months of critical care medicine
- 1 month of emergency medicine
- 1 month of anesthesiology
Four weeks of vacation will be provided during the year.
Application FAQ’sQ: How can I apply to the residency program?
A: The program only accepts electronic applications via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
Q: Do you have any minimum score requirements for applicants?
A: To be competitive, USMLE scores should be at least 220 on the first attempt and ideally greater than 230.
Q: Do you accept international medical graduates?
A: Yes. We accept international medical graduates with superior qualifications.
FAQ’s for International Medical GraduatesQ: Do you have a graduation year cut off or a limit on the # of years since completing medical school?
A: No, if an applicant returns all the require application materials and is qualified, we will consider their application.
Q: Do you require US clinical experience?
A: No, however US clinical experience is extremely helpful. An observership does not count as US clinical experience.
Q: Do you sponsor visas?
A: The hospital sponsors J-1 and H-1 visas for trainees.
Q: Do you accept applicants to begin off-cycle or after July of each year?
A: No. Only transfer candidates from other accredited anesthesia training programs will be considered if there is a vacancy.
Q: Do you have any other requirements for international medical graduates?
A: International candidates must be ECFMG certified by the end of the interview season (end of January). All international candidates must have excellent proficiency in spoken and written English. Letters of recommendation must include at least one letter from a physician who has directly supervised the candidate in a major clinical rotation such as internal medicine, surgery or pediatrics, and when available, letters from US trained physicians are particularly helpful.