Education

Application Process for the Anesthesiology Residency Program

We have 14 Advanced Anesthesiology (PGY 2-4) residency positions each year, with 12 of those positions linked in NRMP with 2 separate internships in San Diego. This allows for all 4 years of training to be completed in San Diego for 12 residents in each class. Anyone applying to our advanced anesthesiology residency should also submit separate ERAS applications to the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Preliminary Internship and the Scripps Mercy San Diego Transitional Year Internship. Details of the intern positions are as follows:

     1. We have 6 Scripps Mercy Hospital Transitional Program Internship positions in San Diego which are linked directly in the NRMP as a joint Advanced/Preliminary program match choice. These linked positions carry a separate NRMP selection when you make your match list and the NRMP only matches those internship positions to applicants who match to our UC San Diego Anesthesiology Advanced program. You could think of these as similar to 6 categorical positions, though our programs are separately administered and require separate applications through ERAS.

     2. We have 6 UC San Diego Internal Medicine Preliminary Internship positions at UC San Diego which are linked directly in the NRMP as a joint Advanced/Preliminary program match choice. These linked positions carry a separate NRMP selection when you make your match list as described above for the Scripps Mercy linked Internship. Note that this year we are transitioning these UC San Diego Prelim Internal Medicine-linked slots to categorical positions; depending upon the timing of final ACGME approval, we may be able to recategorize the NRMP-linked positions as categorical in this year's match. We will make applicants aware if the categorical change becomes active in this match cycle, but for now a separate UC San Diego Preliminary Internal Medicine internship application should be made through ERAS as usual.

If you have any questions about the above information, please email the residency program coordinator, Karen Huynh at anesthesiaresidency@ucsd.edu and we would be happy to clarify.

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 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 3, 10, 17.

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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