Thank you for your interest in the Boston Medical Center residency training program in Anesthesiology! The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and applications to the program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) only. The following information must be submitted to ERAS by the deadline in order for your application to be considered complete:
- ERAS Application form
- Curriculum Vitae - Include any presentations and publications etc.
- Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or Dean's Letter
- Official medical school transcript
- USMLE scores (Step I required, Step II and III if available). COMLEX scores are accepted.
- At least three letters of recommendation. It is recommended that the letters be written by someone who is very familiar with your clinical work and who is accustomed to writing letters of recommendation (Clerkship Director, Program Director, Director of Service or a senior clinician). At least one must be from an Anesthesiologist.
- Personal Statement
- ECFMG certificate (for foreign medical graduates)
The Department of Anesthesiology at Boston Medical Center offers two program tracks for the NRMP match. The Categorical track (# 1257040C0) is a 4-year program which includes a preliminary surgical year in conjunction with the Boston VA Healthcare System. The Advanced track (# 1257040A0) is a 3-year program where the applicant would need to secure a first-year position elsewhere. We offer 11 positions in the NRMP match each year; 4 Advanced and 7 Categorical.
Categorical Anesthesiology Program
The Categorical Anesthesiology Program is a surgical-based PGY-1 year which is co-administered with the Department of Surgery at the Boston VA Healthcare System (BVAHS). The BVAHS provides tertiary surgical care at two campuses, one in West Roxbury and one in Jamaica Plain. The academic year for PGY-1's will be broken down as follows:
- 1 month of anesthesiology
- 1 month of cardiology (mornings focus on normal and abnormal ECG interpretation, echocardiograms in the afternoons)
- 2 months of critical care medicine (one month of ICU at the VA, and another month in the Boston Medical Center SICU)
- 1 month of emergency medicine
- 1 month of otorhinolaryngology (with a focus on performing awake nasal fiber-optic examinations)
- 1 month in the Pre-Admission Clinic (triaging patient comorbidities, learning indications for pre-procedural testing, and designing anesthesia plans for surgeries)
- 5 months on the general surgery wards
Four weeks of vacation will be provided during the year.
Altus Suite – Assessments of Non-cognitive Skills for Selection
All applications applying to the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Boston Medical Center are required to complete an online suite of assessments (Altus Suite), to assist with our selection process for the 2021/22 application cycle.
Altus Suite is a standardized, three-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and priorities that we believe are important for successful residents of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
Altus Suite consists of:
- Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test
- Snapshot: 10 minute one-way video interview with standardized questions
- Duet: 15 minute value-alignment assessment
You will register for Altus Suite for CSP-20101 – U.S. Graduate Medical Education.
Access www.takealtus.com to learn more about the three-part assessment, important dates and requirements, and to create your account.
Q: How can I apply to the residency program?
A: The program only accepts electronic applications via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
Q: Do you have any minimum score requirements for applicants?
A: To be competitive, USMLE scores should be at least 220 on the first attempt and ideally greater than 230.
Q: Do you accept international medical graduates?
A: Yes. We accept international medical graduates with superior qualifications.
FAQ's for International Medical Graduates
Q: Do you require US clinical experience?
A: No, however US clinical experience is extremely helpful. An observership does not count as US clinical experience.
Q: Do you sponsor visas?
A: No, we do not sponsor visa applicants.
Q: Do you accept applicants to begin off-cycle or after July of each year?
A: No. Only transfer candidates from other accredited anesthesia training programs will be considered if there is a vacancy.
Q: Do you have any other requirements for international medical graduates?
A: International candidates must be ECFMG certified by the end of the interview season (end of January). All international candidates must have excellent proficiency in spoken and written English. Letters of recommendation must include at least one letter from a physician who has directly supervised the candidate in a major clinical rotation such as internal medicine, surgery or pediatrics, and when available, letters from US trained physicians are particularly helpful.