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Residency Training Program:
Application Process

Training Programs

In the coming interview season we are accepting applications for the following training positions:

Categorical Program — Clinical Base Year (CBY) — 22 positions available for 2017
This is the full 4 year anesthesiology residency training consisting of the UW-linked internship year and 3 years of clinical anesthesia (CA) training. These positions begin in June 2017 and are filled via NRMP.
Clinical (Advanced) Anesthesia (CA1) — 2 positions available for 2017 (R) and 1 position for 2018
These positions start on July 1, 2017 and 2018 respectively, filled via NRMP: Applicants will need to complete a clinical base/internship year (CBY) prior to starting the CA1 year. Normally applicants apply for the clinical base year such as a transitional or preliminary program for June 2017 at the same time as applying for the CA position for 2018.

The requirements of the clinical base year are as follows—At least 6 months of rotations caring for inpatients in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, or any of the surgical specialties, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, family medicine, or any combination of these. There must be one month and no more than two months of critical care and emergency medicine and up to one month may be taken in anesthesiology.
Five Year Combined Program in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine — 2 positions available for 2017
This program begins with the CBY year and followed by 4 years of training in clinical anesthesiology and advanced training in critical care medicine. These positions are filled via NRMP.
Bonica Scholars Program — 2 positions available for 2017
This is a program designed for applicants who wish to pursue a research career following anesthesiology residency. A full description of this program is available at this link. In addition to the ERAS application (below), a separate application is also required; this 2 page form may be downloaded below and submitted by email. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their interest in the program with Dr. K Souter. Applicants to the Bonica Scholars program will be invited to attend a special Q&A session on the Sunday afternoon before the main Monday interviews. These dates are Sunday, December 4, 2016 and Sunday, December 18, 2016 for the QA sessions.

Application Process

Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) — administered by the Association of American Medical College (AAMC).

Your application packet should include the following:

  • ERAS application
  • Letters of recommendation: Three or more letters of references, including one from an anesthesiologist with whom you have worked. (not including MSPE [Dean's letter]). This letter should address your performance and commitment to the study of anesthesiology.
  • Personal statement: A narrative statement which should be no longer than one typewritten pages. It should include your reasons for choosing anesthesia as a specialty. This statement affords you the opportunity to provide us with a personal profile and to point out any unusual features of your application.
  • Transcript: Your official transcript from your medical school.
  • USMLE scores (preference will be given to candidates who submit both Step 1 and Step 2 scores)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)(Dean's letter)

The program will review completed applications in the order they are received with priority going to those received early.
The deadline for applicants to be considered is October 28, 2016.

Applications will be carefully immediately after ERAS opens, the recruitment committee will review all MSPE letters once they are available on Oct 1, 2016. All interview invitations will be sent as soon as possible following release of the MSPE by medical schools.

Formal interview days take place on Mondays and one Tuesday in January due to holiday on third Monday.  We do not plan to interview December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017. The number of interview places is limited and applicants are asked to provide a prompt response to an invitation for interview and also to provide ample notification (ideally a minimum of a week) if they choose to withdraw from an interview.

Interviews begin at 7:30 am with a continental breakfast and finish at around 13:00. Lunch will be provided. There will also be a welcome reception for candidates and their partners held on the evening before the interviews, hosted by our chief residents. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet residents currently in the program in an informal setting during the reception and during the interview day.