Frequently Asked Questions
What are the facilities like?
The Johns Hopkins Hospital is a sprawling medical complex that currently occupies more than 9 city blocks in East Baltimore. We opened a state-of-the-art clinical building in April 2012 where most of our operating rooms are now located, this is the primary working location for residents. For more information on these new buildings, please view the hospital website here.
What is the book allowance?
Our department provides $300 per year to each resident for use towards educational expenses. Many textbooks are available online through the Welch Library. The department also pays for travel to annual anesthesiology meetings, which does not count against the resident’s book fund. Written board exam registration fees are also paid for for each resident with qualified performance on the in-service exams.
Are there moving expenses paid for?
What is the role of CRNAs?
Our CRNAs are a highly trained, professional group of anesthesia providers who provide anesthesia care under the supervision of our attending anesthesiologists. While our CRNAs enjoy an exciting career at Hopkins, preference for interesting and educational cases is always given to our residents. CRNAs do not supervise residents at any time. There is no CRNA school at Hopkins, there there are sometimes SRNAs who will be posted in the OR with a CRNA.
What are the occupational health requirements for employment?
Before starting clinical training, each resident must undergo the following health evaluation:
- Urine drug screening.
- Routine vaccination antibody titers for MMR, Varicella (unless documented 2 vaccine doses), and Hepatitis B.
- Criminal background check.
- PPD tuberculosis testing and chest radiograph, if necessary.
- General medical testing, including physical examination.
What are the call rooms like?
All call rooms have single beds, clean linens, telephone, internet and clinical information system access, and sometimes cable television. All call rooms are secure and are either card-swipe access or door-code access.
Are there preliminary interviews included on my Hopkins interview day?
If you have been granted a Mercy or Sinai interview, it is possible to attend these interviews in the afternoon of the Hopkins interview day.
Is food paid for?
Each resident received $12 per call to use for food. This money is placed on a “DomePass” which can be used anywhere in the hospital to buy food while on call and the money does not expire.
What food is available in the hospital and when does it close on call?
The main cafeteria offers a number of healthy and delicious food options. Our in-hopsital dining area also features Einstein Bros. Bagels, Noble Roman Pizza, Flamers, Subway, Freshens, and Baja Fresh. For hours and more specific information, please visit the Hopkins dining page.
How far away do residents park?
It takes approximately 5 minutes to walk from the parking garage to the operating rooms. One can walk indoors all the way from his or her car to the operating rooms without venturing outside.
How much elective time is offered, is there a lot of freedom in the CA-3 year?
One of the most popular elements of the Hopkins anesthesiology residency is the degree of freedom that senior residents have to pursue their own interests. Residents can spend up to 6 months doing research during their CA3 year, and this does not have to take place at Hopkins. We have had residents pursue research all over the United States and abroad. Additionally, one only needs to check out our list of clinical rotations to see the breadth of electives available to our residents. Most residents complete the ACGME case requirements and required rotations before beginning the CA-3 year. If this is the case, then there are no required rotations and the final year may be largely designed to meet the resident’s preferences. Up to two months of elective may be done away from Hopkins (the Howard County OB rotation and Vascular rotation at the VA count toward these two months of away rotations).
Are complex transplant cases available to residents?
Yes. All residents are exposed to heart transplants, heart-lung transplants, kidney transplants, and liver transplants. Hopkins is not currently a referral center for bowel transplant.
Do the residents on services with a fellow get enough independence?
Absolutely! Our fellows are encouraged to act as junior attendings. This allows our residents to get the most out of each case, whether or not they are working with a fellow.
What is the oral and written board preparation like?
We offer extensive oral and written board prep at each of our college days. Additionally, each resident takes the Anesthesia Knowledge Test during their CA1 and CA2 years, and each resident takes the anesthesiology In-Training Examination (ITE) each year.
How will we be tested with in-service exams and mock oral boards during the residency?
These exams are provided for the information of the resident only. We do not use test scores or mock oral results as benchmarks for promotion. A resident with particularly poor performance, however, may be required to do supplemental work in order to be brought up to minimum standards. Historically, this is extremely rare.
How many affiliated Hospitals will the average anesthesiology resident be required to rotate through?
The resident will have required rotations at the Hopkins main campus in East Baltimore and approximately 6 weeks of rotations at Hopkins Bayview. We believe the opportunity to do these additional rotations at Bayview offer the resident flexibility by exposing them to a different work environment. All other outside rotations are optional.
What visas do you accept for foreign medical graduates?
Please see “Application Requirements” under the “Apply to Hopkins” tab at left.
Does a second look ever affect an applicant’s rank for the match?
No. A second look is for the applicant’s information only.
Are there positions available “outside the match”, who would qualify for those?
Because of the all-in policy of the NRMP there are rarely out of match opportunities. Although our hands are tied on this issue we recommend that if you are previously trained or in the military you contact Dr. Wolpaw directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is simulation just available or is it integrated as part of the curriculum?
Simulation is an integral part of our curriculum from the very first week.
What fellowships are offered?
We offer a number of ACGME-accredited and non-ACGME-accredited fellowships. For more information, please click “Fellowship Opportunities” in the menu on the left.
What are the interview dates for 2017-2018?