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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the working environment like in the URMC operating rooms and clinical locations?

Residents and faculty have a strong relationship that is shared both among the anesthesiologists as well as the CRNAs and surgeons with whom they work. There is a sense of cordiality and friendly camaraderie in a comfortable working environment.

Okay, so, what is Call Compensation and why is it a nice perk?

Call Compensation is a way for us to work additional hours as a way to make extra money. A resident, who is in good academic standing and has completed OB and Cardiac anesthesia rotations, can be credentialed for Call Compensation.

What can you tell me about the freedom to customize my residency curriculum and add additional learning opportunities? How adaptable is the residency?

Outside the set guidelines determined nationally for all programs, the program here is very open to adjusting schedules as well as providing support for requested electives and individual endeavors. Overall the curriculum allows most residents to finish all of the required rotations by the end of their CA-2 year, allowing CA-3 residents freedom to focus on rotations of personal interest. In the past, residents have completed work in health care policy, chronic pain, and clinical/outcomes/education research outside of the OR.

What can I expect from my internship year?

In 2012, we implemented a newly structured curriculum that we believe is unique and provides unparalleled education for our residents. For the first few months, interns participate in core rotations including medicine wards, surgical subspecialties, chronic pain, medical consult services, and critical care. By September/October we already start to orient half of the class to the operating rooms. After orientation, our interns are “officially” anesthesiology residents and spend another 2-5 months during their FIRST YEAR administering and maintaining anesthetics. We spread out and pair the remaining CBY anesthesiology CORE subspecialties throughout the rest of the CBY-CA2 years (i.e. Neurology /Neuro Anesthesia, Peds Surgery/Peds Anesthesia, OGBYN/OB Anesthesia, Cardiology/Cardiac Anesthesia). See a sample schedule  of the curriculum for more details.

As an intern, am I going to be "lost" to the other services, forgotten or left to fend for myself?

Absolutely not. The anesthesia department is heavily involved in determining where interns are staffed and how their time is utilized. Additionally, the anesthesiology department is constantly in contact with the other departments addressing new goals and situations as they arise. As program coordinator, Rena is extremely helpful and always available to help with anything that may come up.

How do the other departments feel about/treat/interact with the anesthesiology residents? How do the departments interact?

Our department is looked at with a lot of respect. The residents that have come before have been pleasant, hard-working, and smart. Nearly all departments respect and support all other departments. The hospital really has an amicable atmosphere.

Is there any camaraderie amongst the classes?

Even though residents rarely work directly with one another (that is just the nature of anesthesiology), our residents do form strong bonds both inside and outside of the hospital. There are resident-initiated dinners and activities which occur almost on weekly basis, with pretty good turnout.

What is the Program Application Deadline?

Ideally, you would apply in September along with everyone else. Due to COVID, the schedule has changed during the 2020-2021 application period, and we will not begin reviewing applications until mid-October. If you came upon anesthesiology as an interest later on, you can apply but there is no guarantee that we will have an opening for an interview.  We have looked at applications as late as January, though. Feel free to email us to bring attention to yourself if you are a late applicant. Better yet, ask a physician letter-writer to email us and advocate on your behalf. We might take that more seriously.

What is the cutoff point of year since graduation?

There is no strict cut off point, but we will wonder why you had a break between graduating from medical school and applying for our residency.  We do not get funding for non-US graduates, and we also do not get funding for residents who have trained in accredited programs before ours.

What is the USMLE step 1 and USMLE step 2 CK minimum scores - is there an attempt limit?

Ideally, you take tests well.  We do not want to spend the time training you to take tests while we are training you to be an anesthesiologist.  We do not prioritize looking at your application if you failed a USMLE exam.  We do prioritize looking at your application if you scored above 220.

Is there an attempt limit on step 2 CS?

We are very suspicious about applicants who have failed CS as they represent a minority of people.

By the time of application, do you need to have your step 2 CS score?

No – but you will need to have passed prior to ranking (mid- February).

Is US clinical experience required? 

If you have no clinical experience in the US, it is hard for us to judge how you would speak to a typical patient.  We look for evidence in your background and training that you will be a successful anesthesiology resident in a typical academic medical center.

What visa types are sponsored?

We only sponsor J-1 visas – NO H1B visas.

By the time of application, do you need to have your ECMFG certificate?