Answers to frequently asked questions for applicants interested in the Anesthesia Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Q. What is required to apply to your program?

A. All applicants are required to complete an Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) application. Please make sure you have the following completed documents:

  • An ERAS application
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) Board scores
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • A curriculum vitae
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Q. I am interested in both your categorical and advanced tracks. Do I need to apply and interview for each program separately?

A. You have to select both categorical and advanced tracks on your ERAS application. If you are granted an interview, it will count for both tracks. We submit the same rank list for both tracks. However, you will need to rank both tracks with the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP).

Q. Do you offer positions outside of Match?

A. No. The NRMP has adopted the "all in" policy where all applicants must go through the Match. We are fully compliant with this policy. The Match allows an immediate pathway for applicants who could start in the Advanced Program the summer following the Match (meaning they have already done an internship in the United States that satisfies most of the requirements of the clinical base year). We anticipate a couple spots for applicants who may want to utilize this pathway to Match with Mass General in the spring and start in summer.
Q. Do you offer couples Match?

A. Yes. If you are applying for a position in anesthesia at Mass General and received an interview invitation, and your significant other also applied to our program and did not receive an interview, please email our residency coordinator. The application may not have been reviewed, and we can usually provide an answer regarding the interview within two days.

If your significant other is applying to another program at Mass General, please let our residency coordinator know. We can contact the coordinator in that specialty to find out the status of his/her application so you can coordinate your interviews in the same time frame.

If your significant other is applying to a program outside of Mass General, contact that program directly. Let them know you received an interview in Boston and would like to check the status of your significant other's application.

Q. Do you accept applicants who have already completed a prior residency?

A. Yes. We do accept applicants who already have completed a prior residency. We ask all applicants applying for a position after starting or finishing another residency to apply through the ERAS.

If you matched to a position last year and would like to transfer to the Anesthesia Residency Program at Mass General, we require a release letter from your current program director. Because you matched to a position through the NRMP, you are contracted to that position for the duration of your residency unless it is agreed by both the program director and resident. We will need proof that your current program director agrees that it is not a good fit and gives you permission to begin looking for an alternate position.

If you are in a matched position for a preliminary or transitional year and did not match to a residency program last year, you will still need to complete an ERAS application and email our residency coordinator.
Q. Do I need to complete an internship year with your program if I have already completed a residency in pediatrics?

A. Not necessarily. An internship in pediatrics does count as the internship, but you still must complete all the clinical requirements of the anesthesia clinical base year. Many requirements are already covered by the pediatrics internship; however, any missing components must be made up while in residency.

Q. Do you sponsor or accept any visas, H1 or J-1?

A. Yes, we sponsor both H1 and J-1 visas. We will take care of all the paperwork and fees for residents only. However, if you have children, we will process the paperwork with your packet, but the fees must be covered by the resident and/or parent.

Q. Do you accept international medical graduates (IMGs) without any clinical experience in the United States? 

A. Under certain rare conditions we accept IMGs into our four-year categorical program. More typically, IMGs apply to our three-year advanced program and must have completed a preliminary/internship in an ACGME-accredited program prior to beginning in our advanced program.

Q. Do you have any United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) score cutoffs?

A. We take your full application into consideration. However, we are a very competitive program.

Q. Is there a required minimum for USMLE scores, and is there an attempt limit?

A. We do not require minimum USMLE scores, but we do prefer you pass on the first attempt on all USMLE steps.

Q. Do I need to have Step 2 clinical skills (CS) in hand to be invited for an interview?

A. No. This paperwork must be included with your ERAS application.

Q. Do I need my Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate in hand to be invited for an interview?

A. Not "in hand," but please make sure it is included in your ERAS application.

Q. Do you offer pre-match?

A. No. All applicants must submit an ERAS application and go through the NRMP to be considered for any position.

Q. Do you accept older graduates (more than 10 years since graduation from medical school)?

A. We review all applications. We have residents in our program with more than 10 years since graduation date and clinical experience.