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 October 15. 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

Passing score on USMLE Step 1 (COMLEX score greater than 600 accepted as substitute). 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

International Medical School Graduates

USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK) passing scores (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.

The Department of Anesthesia at Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Health Care shares the University of Iowa’s commitment to equal access and, consistent with its academic mission and standards, strives to achieve excellence through the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In the Department of Anesthesia, we are mindful of all aspects of human difference and define diversity in the broadest sense to mean inclusion of all persons. This means we do a holistic review of applications, with particular interest in recruiting applicants who have shown grit and resilience in their path to medicine, as well as potential to lead anesthesiology in the future.

Deadlines

Registration for the National Resident Matching Program opens Sept. 15, 2021.

Applications should be received by Oct. 15, 2021 to receive priority consideration for interview dates.

We will begin reviewing applications in early October. Interviews will be held from late October to mid-December. Ranks lists are due March 2, 2022. Match day is March 18, 2022.

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?

Interviews for the 2022-2023 academic year will be virtual. We interview 10 applicants per day and offer two half-day sessions, morning and afternoon.

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

How many total residents and fellows are in your program?

In 2020-2021, we have a total of 71 trainees: 16 interns, 14 CA-1s, 15 CA-2s, 15 CA-3s, and 11 Fellows.

How many applicants do you interview?

Around 150, out of more than 1,000 applications.

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

We require a passing score on USMLE Step 1 (COMLEX score greater than 600 accepted as substitute), and we prefer completion of USMLE Step 2. 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.