We invite you to peruse the following pages to get a feel for what we are looking for in prospective anesthesiology residents. Here at Hopkins, all applications are carefully considered, as we understand that board scores and clinical grades do not in and of themselves paint an accurate picture of an applicant. This section of our website is designed to give you an idea of whether or not Hopkins Anesthesia is a good fit for you.

On average, our program receives greater than 800 applications per year, and we extend interview invitations to approximately 150 competitive applicants.

Apply for the anesthesiology, critical care scholars or research scholars programs through Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology ERAS.  Because we do not have categorical positions you must also apply to intern year programs through their separate ERAS programs.

To apply for the combined pediatrics anesthesiology program you must submit your application to this specific program with its own unique ERAS number and also submit your fallback option in the form of either standard anesthesiology or pediatrics ERAS applications.

Application Timeline

We encourage early completion of your application through ERAS.  We read applications over the first 2 weeks of October.  We invite most applicants around the middle of October.  We will continue to read applications through October and to a limited extent after October.  If you think you are a particularly good fit for our program and you haven’t been invited, we encourage you to call your application to our attention and to have someone in your medical school to advocate for you by contacting us.  It helps us to know why you are particularly interested in our program as opposed to others available to you.

Application Requirements

We invite you to apply to our program.  A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Completed ERAS application with personal statement that distinguishes the applicant as an individual.
  2. At least two letters of recommendation*, with one from an Anesthesiology faculty member. Three to four letters are preferred. These should comment on the following:
    1. Cognitive abilities
    2. Judgment skills
    3. Interpersonal and communication skills
    4. Professionalism, integrity, and work ethic
    5. Ability to work in the operating room environment including the ability to multi-task and think on your feet
  3. A full, official medical school transcript sent through ERAS.
  4. Complete, official United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and/or Comprehensive Osteopathic Licensing Examination (COMLEX) transcript. Please note that for osteopathic applicants, we prefer USMLE scores, but will consider applications with COMLEX scores only. Scores must be sent through ERAS.
  5. Dean’s Letter or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)**

* Standardized letter of recommendation to be used by anesthesiology referees (not for non-anesthesiology letter writers)

Application Review Process

We utilize a scorecard review process to make the application review process as objective as possible.  We do not use specific score cut-offs in our review process; rather we look at the whole individual including a combination of grades, scores, research and clinical experiences, special interests, unique attributes and evidence of true desire to complete training at Johns Hopkins.  It should be noted that we rarely extend invitations to students who have failed any part of the USMLE or medical school coursework.  It is also preferred that the applicant has completed a rotation in anesthesiology prior to application and that one letter of recommendation is provided by an anesthesiologist knowledgeable of the student’s aptitude for the specialty.

USMLE Step 2 CK scores are not required to apply but enhance an application.  USMLE Step 3 completion is required before beginning the CA1 year.

Additional Information for International Medical Graduates

The Johns Hopkins Program will highly consider international medical applicants who demonstrate the same high potential shown by its domestic applicants if attending a medical school recognized as LCME accredited or granted academic reciprocity by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Unfortunately we are unable to invite applicants from the Caribbean medical schools and may be unable to consider applicants with certain visas; we consider visa needs on a case by case basis.

International medical graduates who are now working or completing advanced degrees in the United States will need to provide evidence of clinical competence such as 6 or more months of clinical experience in the U.S. at the PGY1 level.  Observerships do not provide evidence of clinical competence.

Please note that the ECFMG process must be completed prior to matriculation at our institution and at your internship institution.  This process typically takes about 6 months to complete, so we recommend that this process be near completion prior to rank list submission.  According to the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) you must complete all 4 years of anesthesiology training (including the clinical base year) in the U.S. to be eligible for ABA certification.

Please contact our office if any of the above information is not clear.

The Department offers 25 positions for clinical anesthesiology training each year. We do not have an integrated internship. All of our positions are Advanced however we maintain a close relationship with the internal medicine programs at Mercy Medical Center/University of Maryland and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. As with any intern program a matched resident chooses, he or she will spend that year (clinical base year, CBY) and then begin clinical anesthesia training at Johns Hopkins, July of the PGY2 year. We encourage residents to rotate at Johns Hopkins 1 month of the CBY, if logistically possible. The CBY application process requires an application be submitted to that CBY program.

The ACGME determines the requirements for clinical base year for anesthesiology residents. The full ACGME requirements can be found here on page 2 of the document. In short, the requirements are as follows:

  1. 12 months total training.
  2. At least six months of caring for inpatients in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, surgical sub-specialties, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, family medicine, or any combination of these.
  3. At least one, but not more than two, months each of critical care and emergency medicine.
  4. No more than one month may be taken in anesthesiology.

The purpose of the CBY is to give the resident a sound foundation in medicine upon which he or she will build his or her anesthesiology skills. The ACGME requires that the CBY program submit quarterly evaluations and a summative evaluation at the end of the CBY to the anesthesia program before starting anesthesiology training. It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure that this information is transmitted to Hopkins.

In addition, though it is not required, we strongly recommend that USMLE Step 3 be completed prior to starting anesthesiology training.

Once your application is complete, Dr. Schwengel will consider it in its entirety, and an interview invitation may be extended. We interview approximately 150 applicants per year.

Our department interviews applicants on Monday and Tuesdays between the months of November and February. We make every effort to make our interview days as enjoyable as possible for the applicant. To that end, we never interview more than eight candidates per interview day.

All interview invitations are sent out via email. If you receive an invitation, schedule your appointment online as soon as possible. You will find all the instructions in the invite letter.

Thurgood Marshall/Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is conveniently located approximately 15 miles from the hotel in which most applicants stay (please see below). BWI is a major hub for Southwest Airlines and AirTran, and many applicants are able to find inexpensive, non-stop flights to and from the Baltimore area. Other ways to get here include driving, Amtrak (the Penn Station/Baltimore stop), and the MARC train from DC (with Reagan and Dulles airports nearby). The Bolt Bus or Greyhound Bus may be used to travel to Baltimore and will arrive at Penn Station, but the Megabus stops outside the city in White Marsh and users of this system may have a more difficult time finding a way into the city. From Penn Station, the Purple Charm City Circulatorcan take you for free to the Inner Harbor. From BWI, the MTA Light Rail can take you to the Camden Yard stop at the Inner Harbor for $1.60. Additionally, taxis are available from the airport for a flat rate of $35 to the Inner Harbor and from Penn Station to the Inner Harbor for about $10.

Each applicant is invited to have dinner with some of our current residents at the Bistro 300restaurant the night before the interview. The dinner is not a required event, should you not be able to attend. The restaurant is conveniently located in the same building as the hotel. Vegetarian options are always available, but if you have dietary restrictions beyond this, please let Mrs. Collins (410-955-7615) know when you schedule your interview. Further details about the interview day will be provided with the interview invitation.

Accommodations are provided free of charge for each invited interviewee at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor. There is a free shuttle service to bring applicants to the Hospital the morning of the interview.

The interview day begins at 7:30AM, and all applicants are asked to arrive by then. The department is located in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center (1800 Orleans St., Bloomberg 6220, Baltimore, MD 21287). Upon arrival, applicants relax with a continental breakfast. At approximately 8AM, Dr. Schwengel invites the applicants into her office for a presentation about the Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology Residency. Thereafter, the applicants are split into 2 groups. One group goes on a hospital tour with one of our chief residents, and the other group has 4 faculty interviews. The groups then switch.

Each applicant is interviewed by our program director, Dr. Schwengel, one of our associate program directors, and 2 additional faculty members. Interviews are designed to get to know the applicant, not to induce stress. You can anticipate a stress-free, pleasant day at Hopkins.

After each group has had a tour and interviews, the applicants again come together for a complimentary lunch with our residents and faculty. After lunch, the interview day at Hopkins is officially over, and applicants can take the shuttle back to the hotel and prepare to return home. Some candidates take advantage of the extra time to meet with additional faculty members of their choosing or residents with a particular background or characteristics that would make their perspective valuable to the applicant. Some candidates who have applied to the Mercy Medical Center or Sinai Hospital Internships often arrange to interview at these facilities the afternoon of their Hopkins interview to save time. More detailed information will be included in your interview invitation. Additionally, Mrs. Collins (410-955-7615) will assist you in setting up Mercy or Sinai interviews if applicable.

So, you’ve applied, you’ve interviewed, and now you’re looking to match with us. Congratulations! You’re on your way to becoming a resident at one of the world’s best medical institutions.

Of course, before you start anesthesia training at Hopkins, you have to complete a clinical base year. At Hopkins, we utilize one rank list that includes advanced positions. You may, of course, apply to and separately rank clinical base year programs that most residents complete prior to starting at Hopkins. Those would be the clinical base years at the Mercy Medical Center and Sinai Hospital programs. It should be noted, however, that Dr. Schwengel has no control over the rank lists of Mercy Medical Center or Sinai.

You may visit the Mercy Medical Center Internship page here or the Sinai internship page here.

A sample rank list to rank at Hopkins with a desire to do your internship at Mercy Medical Center or Sinai would look like this (this list prefers Mercy over Sinai):

Rank Order List (ROL)

  1. Hopkins Anesthesiology Advanced
    Supplemental Rank List:

    1. Mercy IM Internship*
    2. Sinai IM Internship**
    3. If you wish to do an internship outside of Baltimore, your ranking of those programs would go in place of Mercy and Sinai. You may, of course, rank other internships in Baltimore.

*The Mercy interview may be included in the afternoon on your Hopkins interview day.
**You must apply to and interview at Sinai to rank and be ranked by Sinai’s stand-alone internal medicine internship. We do not include a Sinai interview on the Hopkins interview day.

Other internship programs in the area include:
Transitional Year Programs:

Internal Medicine Internships:

Pediatrics Internships:

Surgery Internships:

From year to year the above programs may not offer internship positions and the above programs’ rotation schedule may not routinely include the clinical base year requirements.

Hopkins offers all housestaff a generous salary and benefits package. Here are some of the highlights: the health care plan is very good, and it is available at no cost to Hopkins housestaff, spouses, same-sex domestic partners, and dependent children. That means that nothing comes out of your paycheck monthly for health insurance. Each resident also has access to the world-class Hopkins network of physicians and surgeons. Our department is the only one in the hospital to subsidize resident parking, resulting in only a minimal parking charge. The hospital requires that each department give its residents at least two weeks of vacation, but our department gives each resident the maximum of four weeks. In addition, the call schedule is optimized to allow time off at Christmas or New Years, and residents are allowed time each year to attend national meetings that does not count against vacation.

To view the benefits and salary information in detail, please visit the website for Graduate Medical Education.

2012-2013 Salaries:
PGY-2 (CA-1): $50,885
PGY-3 (CA-2): $53,016
PGY-4 (CA-3): $55,347