Department of Anesthesiology

Anesthesiology Residency Admissions FAQs


How many positions are offered in the match?

We offer 14 categorical positions, three advanced positions, and three physician-only positions. All positions are offered through the NRMP match. Final determination of the number of slots each year will be determined by Jan. 15 in the year of the applicable match.

Does the program have specific rotation requirements for incoming physician-only and advanced positions?


The American Board of Anesthesiology requires that all physician-only and advanced applicants complete:

  • 6 months of inpatient service.

In an attempt to assist our trainees, we also highly suggest that they complete:

  • 1 month of Emergency Medicine
  • 2 months of Critical Care service

Also, the ACGME will only allow 1 month of Anesthesiology during an intern year.

When does the program interview applicants?

Interviews are usually conducted in October, November and December. A selection of dates will be provided within the invitation to interview the applicant receives via ERAS.

Will your program’s interviews be held in-person or virtually?

Each year, the program directors determine the setting for our interviews based on the current national recommendations. This interviews will be conducted virtually this year.

Does the program have specific USMLE requirements in order to be considered for an interview?

Passing USMLE Step 2 CK on the 1st attempt with a score of 245 or above is required, as well as passing USMLE Step 1 on the 1st attempt.

Step 2 is required prior to considering an applicant for an interview.

I am an international medical school graduate (IMG) – are the requirements different?

In addition to the standard application requirements, IMGs are required to have completed, or be in the process of completing, one year of clinical training (PGY-1) in the United States in an ACGME-accredited program.

We do not sponsor H-1b visas for any position (categorical, advanced or physician-only).

We do not sponsor J-1 visas for the categorical positions.

Is there a cutoff in terms of number of years since graduation from medical school?

There is no specific cutoff. The activities of the applicant after graduating from medical school will be taken into account and interviews will be granted at the discretion of the selection committee.

Does the program accept applications from DOs?

Each year, we have many outstanding DO applicants and have matched these students in the past. 

Can I do an away rotation with your department?

Away electives are determined at the discretion of our medical student liaison.

Can I moonlight when I am a resident in the program?

Our department allows CA-2 and CA-3 residents to participate in internal moonlighting activities only.

If I have had prior residency or fellowship training in a different field, will I be able to decrease the amount of training time at BCM?

While previous experience and training is important, experience for the management of patients under anesthesia (and potential complications) in the operating room and remote locations can only be obtained during an anesthesiology residency. This program feels that it is critical for the training of our residents to complete 36 months of their clinical anesthesia years for graduation.

Do your residents participate in research?

Yes, all residents are involved in a scholarly activity project each year.

Are incoming residents required to have the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, all incoming residents must have all three doses or an exemption for medical contraindications or sincerely held religious beliefs.

Does your program reimburse for moving/relocation expenses?

No, we do not.

What day does your program start?

Resident’s first day of clinical duties begin July 1 but mandatory orientations begin approximately one week prior.