Anesthesiology

 



What is Anesthesiology residency?


It is the training program that train doctors on delivering anesthesia during surgical procedures, caring for critically ill patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and managing medical emergencies. The program should provide initial rotations in surgical anesthesia, critical care medicine, and pain medicine. Experience in these rotations emphasize the fundamental aspects of anesthesia, preoperative evaluation and immediate postoperative care of surgical patients, and assessment and treatment of critically ill patients and those with acute and chronic pain. Residents should receive training in the complex technology and equipment associated with these practices.



How many years is anesthesiology residency?

 
Anesthesiology residency is a 4 years program, the first year spent in a preliminary medicine or transitional year (or as a combo, part of the 4 year categorical program) followed by the 3 year advanced anesthesiology training.


 

What are the average scores for AMGs and IMGs who matched in Anesthesia?

 
The average scores for AMGs who matched in Anesthesia in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 226 and 235 respectively.
 
For IMGs who matched in Anesthesia the average scores in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 229 and 231 respectively.

 

 

What are the interview questions for anesthesiology?


The anesthesia interview questions you will be asked are divided into 2 groups:

1- The Questions specific for anesthesiology interviews, your answers to these questions will determine your position in the match rank, this is the book:

Anesthesia Residency Interview Questions and Answers

2- The general questions (common to all specialties) which you will be asked by the program director, faculty and chief residents. These questions are common in whatever specialty your are interviewing and are posted for free on this link: Interview Tips and Tricks: The Successful Match


 

What are the match statistics for anesthesia?


About 70% of positions offered in the match go to AMGs and about 30% of positions go to IMGs. About 95% of AMGs who apply do match and about 45% of IMGs who apply to either categorical or advanced do successfully match , which is considered a very good percentage in this competitive specialty.
 

 

What should AMGs do to increase their chances to match in anesthesia?

 
During your medical school rotations try to schedule your electives mainly in anesthesia to get touch-base with the anesthesia attendings so you will get LORs from them later on. Also you need a book to impress the faculty you are interacting with and increase your knowledge at the same time. Most people who match will have the "Baby Miller" in their shelf: Basics of Anesthesia . During interviews, at most of them, you will be asked about anesthesia books you have read, and having the answer ready, as above, will further push your ranking up in the NRMP match.


 

What should IMGs do to increase their chances in matching in anesthesiology?

 
Doing observerships and getting US LORs is an important part of your ERAS application where program directors will be looking for such information.

We also strongly recommend that you have the same book as AMGs in your shelf, namely the "baby Miller" as above. Applicants are also differentiated based on the knowledge and their interest in the domain they are applying to, so be ready.

Also, IMGs should apply to the same programs where we helped their peers to match in the previous years, these programs are found in many states as described in the below mentioned list. This is the full list of the  IMG friendly anesthesiology residency programs in pdf form which you can easily download it to your computer or any other device from amazon: ANESTHESIOLOGY IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

In fact, the above list will also contain all the other programs but with also detailed criteria and requirements and percentage of IMGs in each. This list contains: Specialty, Program name, Program code, NRMP Code, Program type, State, Address, Phone, Fax, Percentage of IMGs in the program, Minimum USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Score Requirement, Attempts on any step, CS required at time of application or not, USCE Requirement, Cut-Off time since graduation, Program offers couple match or not, and Visas Sponsored or accepted.


I matched already, what should I do to survive anesthesiology residency?


To survive anesthesia residency you will need to get some books which are needed to build up your knowledge and other books to help you pass the inservice and board exams. These books are traditionally recommended by program directors and widely used by residents, you can find them here: Anesthesia Recommended Books