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 1500 applications per year, and we extend interview invitations to approximately 150 competitive applicants.

2022-23 Applicants

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: https://anesthesiology.hopkinsmedicine.org/residency/resident-applicants We will be using the new ERAS supplemental application this year and highly encourage applicants to do the same. We will pay close attention to program preference signaling and geographic signaling. We require all applicants to have either a numerical score on the USMLE Step 1 exam or, if the Step 1 Exam is a pass/fail grade, then a numerical score on the Step 2 Exam.

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.

Application Requirements 

We invite you to apply to our program. We strongly encourage all applicants to use the new ERAS supplemental application including the program preference signaling and geographic signaling capabilities.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Completed ERAS application.
  • Personal statement.
  • We prefer, if possible, that letters from anesthesiologists use the SLOR 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.
  • Complete, official United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) STEP 1 score. If Step 1 was taken pass/fail we required Step 2 for an application to be considered.
  • 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.

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. For more information on internship click the "Match at Hopkins & Internships" tab.

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. 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. It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure that this information is transmitted to Hopkins.

In addition, we require that USMLE Step 3 be completed prior to starting anesthesiology training.

Although all of our anesthesiology positions are advanced only, we offer up to 14 “protected” intern positions per year in conjunction with the Mercy Medical Center / University of Maryland ( https://www.mercyresidency.org/), the Johns Hopkins University / Sinai Hospital (https://www.lifebridgehealth.org/sinaibody.cfm?id=79 ) or the MedStar Hospital (MedStarhealth.org/mhim) Preliminary Year Training Programs in Internal Medicine.  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 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 Hospitals or Sinai, you can sign up for tours at the time of scheduling an interview with Hopkins.
  • What does the interview day looks?
    Your interview at Hopkins will conclude by noon followed by lunch with residents. You can leave soon after the lunch to any of these sites.
  • How do I get to the Mercy/Sinai/MedStar locations?
    You can use Uber/Lyft/taxi services from the ground floor of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mercy is the closest of the three locations. The other two are reachable within 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic.
  • Do I need to rank them in NRMP?
    Yes. Here are the codes for each of the  joint programs:
    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 Residency Program – Preliminary Year from MedStar Health on Vimeo.

  • Our department interviews approximately 160 applicants on select Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between November through January.
  • All interview invitations are sent out via ERAS around 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.
  • Candidates interested in Mercy Medical Center or Sinai Hospital Internships often arrange to interview at these facilities on the afternoon of their Hopkins interview to save time. More detailed information will be included in your interview invitation. Additionally, the Residency Office (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.

Before you start anesthesia training at Hopkins, you have to complete a clinical base year. At Hopkins, we have only advanced positions. You must, therefore, apply to and separately rank clinical base year programs.

Although all of our anesthesiology positions are advanced, we offer up to 14 preferred (meaning these spots are only for people matching with our program) intern positions with Mercy Medical Center / University of Maryland ( https://mdmercy.com/residency-program/about-the-program ), Johns Hopkins University / Sinai Hospital (https://www.lifebridgehealth.org/sinaibody.cfm?id=79 ) or the MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (MedStarhealth.org/mhim). These are preliminary Year Training Programs in Internal Medicine.

You may visit the Mercy Medical Center Internship page here, the Sinai internship page here or the MedStar Union Memorial Hospital here.

A sample rank list to match at Hopkins with a desire to do your internship at Mercy Medical Center, Sinai or Medstar 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 Intership regular program
  • Sinai IM Internship Joint A/P program **
  • Sinai IM internship regular program
  • Medstar Union Memorial IM Internship JOINT A/P program ***
  • ​Medstar Union Memorial IM Internship regular program
  • 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.

*Mercy

An interview at Mercy is not necessary for the preferred spots but a tour and information session may be included in the afternoon on your Hopkins interview day.

**Sinai

You must apply to and interview at Sinai to rank and be ranked by Sinai’s stand-alone internal medicine internship. We may be able to include a Sinai interview the afternoon of your Hopkins interview day.

***Medstar

An interview at Medstar is not necessary for the preferred spots but we will provide you with information about the program and it may be possible to set up a tour if you would like.

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.

2022-2023 Salary Rates

PGY

Annual Amount

Semi-monthly Amount

1

$60,347

$2,514.46

2

$62,891

$2,620.46

3

$65,920

$2,746.67

4

$68,677

$2,861.54

5

$71,699

$2,987.46

6

$75,208

$3,133.67