2024-25 Applicants

Exciting Announcement: We are thrilled to announce that we now have 12 categorical positions! Our intern year will include rotations in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, pain management, emergency medicine, critical care, and various electives. We will also include numerous diverse elective experiences to complement the resident experience, and will host a longitudinal perioperative ultrasound curriculum as part of our categorical program.

This year we will be using the Residency Central Application (https://centralapp.accessgme.com) as a supplement to ERAS. The CentralApp was started as a free alternative to ERAS in plastic surgery 3 years ago and it is now used specialty wide.   As you will see from the questions, CentralApp also promotes holistic application review by focusing on quality application content rather than quantity.

Upon accessing the platform (https://centralapp.accessgme.com), you will be instructed to create a secure account and will be able to request letters of recommendation, transcripts, and MSPE (Dean’s Letters) directly through the portal. The Match will remain with National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).  Please direct any questions about the application to [email protected].

A numerical step 2 score is required if step 1 was taken pass/fail. Graduates of Osteopathic schools that have COMLEX scores are not required to submit USMLE scores but must have a numeric score on either COMLEX 1 or 2.

In keeping with the recommendations from the Coalition for Physician Responsibility and Association of Anesthesiology Core Program Directors (AACPD), and to promote equity and access, our program will have all virtual interviews again this season.


About the Program

The Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Training Program is committed to cultivating and sustaining an environment that fosters the development of physician leaders who are committed to eliminating the nation’s health inequities through patient care, education, advocacy, and research. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of our education program, the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. We are thrilled to welcome all students, regardless of race or ethnicity, who are committed to addressing health care disparities to apply for an educational opportunity here at our program.

Applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply!

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 1,500 applications per year, and we extend interview invitations to approximately 160 competitive applicants.

This year we will also be using the Residency Central Application (https://centralapp.accessgme.com) as a supplement to ERAS.

Apply for the anesthesiology, critical care scholars or research scholars programs through Johns Hopkins Anesthesiology ERAS.  We are excited to announce that we now have 12 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.

Application Requirements

We invite you to apply to our program. We strongly encourage all applicants to use the new ERAS supplemental application as well as the central application.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Completed ERAS application.
  • Completed Residency Central Application.
  • Personal statement.
  • Letters of recommendation. We prefer, if possible, that letters from anesthesiologists use the SLOR (Standardized letter of recommendation) format.These should comment on the following:
    • Cognitive abilities.
    • Judgment skills.
    • Interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Professionalism, integrity, and work ethic.
    • Ability to work in the operating room environment including the ability to multi-task and think on your feet.
  • A full, official medical school transcript.
  • A scored Step / COMLEX exam Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).

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.

USMLE Step 3 and ACLS Certification are required before beginning 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.

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.

Clinical Base Year Information

The Department offers 25 positions for clinical anesthesiology training each year. We do offer an integrated internship. We have 12 Categorical positions and a similar number of Advanced positions. We also maintain a close relationship with the internal medicine programs at Mercy Medical Center/University of Maryland, MedStar, and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. For more information on internship click the "Match at Hopkins & Internships" tab. As with any intern program a matched resident chooses, they will spend that year (clinical base year, CBY) and then begin clinical anesthesia training at Johns Hopkins, July of the PGY2 year. Individuals who are not doing their intern year at Hopkins are encouraged to rotate at Johns Hopkins for 1 month of their 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. Our newly-designed categorical intern year is in full compliance with these requirements. The full ACGME requirements can be found here. In short, the requirements are as follows:

  • 12 months total training.
  • 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.
  • At least one, but not more than two, months each of critical care and emergency medicine.
  • 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. The resident is responsible for ensuring that this information is transmitted to Hopkins. Please send these documents to the ACCM Residency Program ([email protected]). In the subject line, please include your first and last name with the document type (e.g., Jane Cook-quarterly evaluation). In addition, we require that USMLE Step 3 be completed prior to starting anesthesiology training. Although we only offer 12 Categorical anesthesiology position, we offer up to 14 “protected” intern positions per year in conjunction with:

For more information refer to the frequently asked questions listed below or visit the websites listed above.

  • Do I need to submit ERAS application(s) separately if I am interested in the preferred spots?
    Yes, you need to submit an application for all the preferred spots at Hopkins, Medstar, Mercy and Sinai.
  • Can I be considered for one or all the joint programs?
    Yes, you can be considered for all three programs.
  • How do I sign up for an interview?
    While interviews are not required for Mercy, MedStar or Sinai Hospitals, you will be given an opportunity to participate in information sessions offered by each program. More information will be provided via email closer to interview season. Applicants can apply for both the Hopkins categorical and Hopkins advanced tracks of our program and rank them separately.
  • What does the interview day look like?
    The day will begin promptly at 7:55 am (EST), so we can begin promptly at 8:00 am with a presentation, and then interviews from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. We will have a virtual meet and greet with our residents the night before your interview at 6:00 pm (EST).
  • Do I need to rank them in NRMP?
    Yes. Here are the codes for each of the joint programs:  Hopkins Categorical: 1242040C0; Hopkins Advance: 1242040A0; Mercy: 1245140P1; Sinai: 1249140P1; Medstar (Harbor): 1251140P5
  • Can I contact Program Directors for each of these locations?
    Yes. Please see their contact information below:

MedStar Health Internal Medicine Preliminary Year Video on Vimeo.

  • Wednesdays, November through January.
  • All interview invitations are sent out via ERAS mid-October through early November. 
  • Each applicant is invited to have a virtual dinner with some of our current residents the night before their interview. This is an informal way for applicants to get a sense of who we are as a program and how they would fit with us. The dinner is not a required event.
  • The virtual interview day begins at 8:00 AM and ends at noon. Dr. Wolpaw will begin the day with a warm welcome and provide an environment where you can learn more about the program before starting with interviews or a virtual tour with our residents. We make every effort to make our interview days as enjoyable as possible for the applicant. To that end, we only interview up to eight candidates per interview day.

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. Before you start anesthesia training at Hopkins, you have to complete a clinical base year.

As of the 2024-2025 application cycle, we will now offer 12 categorical positions. This will allow you to spend all four years of your residency at Hopkins if you wish. Our intern year is designed to give you the fundamental skills you need to succeed as an anesthesia resident and beyond.

We additionally offer up to 14 preferred (meaning these spots are only for people matching with our program) intern positions with:

These outside linked programs are Preliminary Year Training Programs in Internal Medicine. You may visit the Mercy Medical Center Internship page here, the Sinai internship page here or MedStar Health here. A sample rank list to match at Hopkins with a desire to do your internship at Mercy Medical Center, Sinai or Medstar Health would look like the Rank Order List below (this list prefers Mercy over Sinai and Medstar).  Note that you can rank the Joint programs which are the preferred spots only available to students coming to our residency program as well as the regular program which are the rest of the spots that are open to anyone:

Rank Order List (ROL)
Hopkins Anesthesiology Advanced Supplemental Rank List:

  • Mercy IM Internship Joint A/P program
  • Mercy IM Internship regular program
  • Sinai IM Internship Joint A/P program
  • Sinai IM internship regular program
  • Medstar Health IM Internship Joint A/P program
  • ​Medstar Health IM Internship regular program

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

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 (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/som/gme). 

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