How to Apply

ERAS logoApplications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), and all applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

We accept applications through November 1. Selected candidates will be invited to interview.

A complete ERAS application includes:

  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Transcript
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph

A limited number of positions are available. Completed applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

Criteria for Candidacy

Training Program Eligibility Criteria for:

U.S. Medical School Graduates

USMLE Step 1 score of at least 220 on the first attempt. Prefer completion of USMLE Step 2

Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from faculty or supervisors who know you personally are preferable)
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
  • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in an anesthesiology residency and justify why you would be a good candidate)
  • Photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • We do not require a "Chairman’s Letter," but you may submit it you have one

History of and commitment to excellence in academics and a strong interest in anesthesia

Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

COMLEX Step 1 score of at least 600 and USMLE Step 1 score of at least 220 on the first attempt

Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (letters from faculty or supervisors who know you personally are preferable)
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
  • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in an anesthesiology residency and justify why you would be a good candidate)
  • Photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • We do not require a "Chairman’s Letter," but you may submit it you have one
  • International Medical School Graduates

History of and commitment to excellence in academics and a strong interest in anesthesia

International Medical School Graduates

USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK) scores of at least 225 on first attempt (no failures). Scores must be available before you can be considered for an interview

Passing grade on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) or the ECFMG’s Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) on the first attempt (no failures)

Or has received a valid, current ECFMG certificate

Medical school graduation date of 2010 or later

Appropriate medical education to train in a large U.S. teaching hospital

Previous anesthesia residency experiences, observership or clinical experience in the U.S. is strongly preferred

Previous degree in U.S., (i.e. MPH) is also desirable

Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:

  • A minimum of three current letters of recommendation (letters from faculty or supervisors who know you personally are preferable)
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
  • Personal statement (there are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in an anesthesiology residency and justify why you would be a good candidate)
  • Photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • We do not require a "Chairman’s Letter," but you may submit it you have one

History of and commitment to excellence in academics and a strong interest in anesthesia

U.S. citizenship or an H-1b or J-1Visa.

Deadline

Applications should be received by Nov. 1, 2019 to receive priority consideration for interview dates.

Interview priority will be given to applicants who have submitted applications through ERAS before Oct. 7, 2019.

All interviews will conclude Dec. 18, 2019.

The Interview

How many positions do you offer each year?

We offer 15 PGY1 (internship) positions each year. Our program is a combined internship and anesthesia residency for a total of 4 years.

When are your interviews?

Our first interview dates are in October, and we complete our interviews in mid-December.

Could you please describe the interview process?

We usually interview 8-10 individuals on any given day. All applicants are asked to arrive in Iowa City the day before their interview. The Department pays for hotel accommodations in downtown Iowa City. A free shuttle is available to take applicants between the hotel and the Hospital. On the night before the interview, applicants are hosted at dinner by a group of our residents.

The interview date consists of:

  • Welcome and introductory presentation by one of the chief residents
  • Series of four personal interviews with three faculty (including the Department Chair, Dr. Wong, and the Program Director, Dr. Parra) and a chief resident
  • Lunch and tour
  • Farewell and thank-you

Half the candidates interview in the morning and the other half interview in the afternoon. All candidates (morning and afternoon) meet together for lunch with the residents and a tour of the department. Morning candidates should arrive in the department by 7:15 a.m. and are generally free to leave by 12:30 p.m. Afternoon candidates should arrive in the department by 10:15 a.m. and are generally free to leave by 3:30 p.m.

How many total residents and fellows are in your program?

In 2019-2020, we have a total of 73 trainees: 15 interns, 15 CA-1s, 15 CA-2s, 16 CA-3s and 12 Fellows.

How many applicants do you interview?

Between 140-150, out of over 700 applications.

Do you have any specific criteria for selecting candidates for interviews?

Typically, we interview only individuals with USMLE 3-digit scores of 220 or greater (however, we may offer interviews to individuals with lower scores if they have unique qualifications). Applicants from Osteopathic schools need to take both USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX.

Otherwise, we are looking for students with strong academic credentials, evidence of a strong interest in anesthesia, and a commitment to hard work and to being a superb physician.