Our residency training begins with the first clinical anesthesia year (CA-1 year). We do not offer a categorical first postgraduate year (variously called PGY-1, PMD-1, Clinical Base Year [CBY] or the "internship"), which must be secured independently by applicants. Beginning in the 2010 residency application season, applicants to our program are now able to participate in a combined NRMP match with the Transitional Year Residency Program at Scripps Mercy in San Diego. There are six combined UC San Diego Anesthesia/Scripps Mercy Transitional Year positions available. We encourage the applicants to our program to submit a separate ERAS application to Scripps Mercy.
Medical student applicants often ask what kind of first postgraduate year we prefer. Since the practice of anesthesia is increasingly concerned with dealing with the patient's medical disease in the context of surgery and anesthesia, a quality medical or a transitional year internship is probably the most rewarding. However, residents who have completed one or more years of training in pediatrics, reproductive medicine, family practice, or surgery have also been well prepared for our residency program.
We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The application materials we require are:
- Completed MyERAS form
- Curriculum Vitae
- MSPE (Dean's letter)
- Medical School transcript
- Three or four letters of reference
- USMLE Part I score
- Personal statement
Once the application file is complete, it is reviewed by the Resident Recruitment and Selection Committee. On this basis, a number of applicants are interviewed. Much preparation goes into our Wednesday "interview day," and although we can make exceptions, we believe that both the applicants and the committee members are best served if we meet one another on the regularly scheduled day.
The majority of applications are received by ERAS and reviewed by us between September and November. The invitations to the applicant interviews are typically sent during the month of October. This interview season, the interviews will take place on Wednesdays: November 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 4, 11, 18, 25.
We do not have geographic preferences or other preconceptions as to the "type" of applicant we are looking for besides evidence of excellence in goals and achievements. We oppose the concept of "audition" clerkships and do not consider information about the performance in the medical student clerkship in anesthesia of visiting fourth-year students who subsequently become applicants to the residency program.
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