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. We are the first programs to trial this platform in anesthesiology, in the hope that in future years we can remove the financial barriers created by progressive application fee structures. 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 HELP@accessgme.com.
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!
According to the AAMC “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”
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 150 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. 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.
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.
We invite you to apply to our program. We strongly encourage all applicants to use the new ERAS supplemental 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.
- 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.
The resident is responsible for ensuring that this information is transmitted to Hopkins. Please send these documents to the ACCM Residency Program (email@example.com). 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 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://lbhstaging22.lifebridgehealth.org/Sinai/GraduateMedicalEducation1.aspx) 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:
- 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://lbhstaging22.lifebridgehealth.org/Sinai/GraduateMedicalEducation1.aspx
- MedStar Health (MedStarhealth.org/mhim)
These are Preliminary Year Training Programs in Internal Medicine.
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 Intership 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 Mercy and Sinai. You may, of course, rank other internships in Baltimore.
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.
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.
An interview at Medstar Health 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:
- Mercy Medical Center/University of Maryland
- Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
- MedStar Health
- Saint Agnes Hospital
- University of Maryland
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Greater Baltimore Medical Center
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 (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/som/gme).
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