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Thank you for your interest in the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Anesthesiology is a rewarding career and receiving outstanding training is imperative. Choosing an anesthesiology program can seem like an overwhelming task. We hope that these frequently asked questions will help guide you through this process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does your program look for in a resident candidate? 
Is anesthesiology a competitive field?
How are applications submitted? 
What is your application deadline?
Is the USMLE Step 2 required for applying to residency? 
How many residents do you accept through the match?
Do you accept applications from Osteopathic candidates?
Is your Internship dual AOA/ACGME Internship Accreditation (D.O. Candidates only)?
Do you accept Foreign Medical graduates (FMG’s) into your anesthesiology residency? What visas do you sponsor?
What is considered a complete application packet?
What rotations are included in your internship year (Categorical Candidates)?
What is a preliminary year?
What are the medical facilities like?
Do you offer high-fidelity simulation during training?
What do you do to prepare residents for board certification?
Do you offer electives during the final year of residency training?
Do you offer a research track?
Where do residents go after training? 
Do you offer any fellowship experiences? 



What does your program look for in a resident candidate?
We look for medical students with a strong passion for a career in anesthesiology. It is a very dynamic field with broad opportunity requiring aptitude, acumen, an array of skill sets, composure, intelligence, dexterity, multitasking, problem solving and prioritizing to name a few. Some indicators of clinical competency are reflected in medical school transcripts, USMLE scores and letters of recommendation. We value a wide variety of interests; global health initiatives, leadership experiences, volunteerism, exposure to research and desire for subspecialty training. All applications are individually reviewed by our Program Director and Associate Program Director. 
 
Is anesthesiology a competitive field?
Yes, there are more people interested in the field than there are training spots available. Wake Forest is a competitive anesthesiology program that strives to ensure every graduate has the technical prowess and clinical judgment to be an outstanding consultant anesthesiologist. 

How are applications submitted?
We only accept applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). A majority of our applications are received in September. We interview candidates from October-January.

What is your application deadline?
Our application deadline is December 1. 
 
Is the USMLE Step 2 required for applying to residency?
We recommend that a USMLE step 2 score be submitted with your application. The USMLE Step 2 examination helps us gauge how well you will be able to perform clinically and your success on the Anesthesiology In-Training and written examination. 

How many residents do you accept through the match?
All of our positions are filled through the match. For academic year 2014-2015, we will offer 13 categorical positions and 1 advanced position. A categorical year is comprised of an intern year, which we oversee, followed by three years in anesthesiology residency training. An advanced position requires completion of internship prior to starting the 3 year residency training in anesthesiology. 

Do you accept applications from Osteopathic candidates?
We have several residents and faculty that have graduated from osteopathic medical schools. When evaluating applications we review all of the merits of the applicant. We accept COMLEX scores, but it is beneficial to have a USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 submitted with your application. 

Is your Internship dual AOA/ACGME Internship Accreditation (D.O. Candidates only)?
Our Internship year meets all the requirements of the AOA (American Osteopathic Association). After successful completion of your Intern year, we are able to assist D.O. candidates in applying for Resolution 42. All of our D.O. candidates have received retrospective approval for their internship from the AOA. 

Do you accept Foreign Medical graduates (FMG’s) into your anesthesiology residency? What visas do you sponsor?
We accept foreign medical graduates into our program. We look for well qualified candidates and prefer applicants that have had U.S. clinical experience within the application year. If you need work authorization, our institution accepts J-1 Visas, Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) and green cards. 

What is considered a complete application packet?
An application packet is deemed whole when it contains a completed ERAS application, Dean’s Letter, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statement, USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, Medical School transcripts and a photograph. 

What rotations are included in your internship year (Categorical Candidates)?
Our internship is specifically designed to optimize preparation for anesthesiology.
Rotations include; ENT, emergency medicine, OB, pediatrics, internal medicine, arrhythmia consult, pulmonary consult, vascular surgery, anesthesiology and blood bank. 
 
What is a preliminary year?
A prelim year is an intern year completed within the Internal Medicine or Surgery Departments or a Transitional Internship. Most candidates will apply separately for a preliminary internship year and an advanced anesthesiology residency program. Some candidates need this option for geographical, military or family reasons. 

What are the medical facilities like?
Our Medical Center is an 880 bed quaternary care center and Level 1 adult and Level 1 pediatric trauma
Center. We have 40 state of the art operating suites, a dedicated Chronic Pain Institute and numerous specialty specific Critical Care Units. 

Do you offer high-fidelity simulation during training?
We have a dedicated Simulation Center, which is used by the American Board of Anesthesiology for maintenance of certification (MOCA). It is also used throughout residency for initial Orientation, Boot Camp Training, and scenarios to practice crisis management. We have embedded weekly simulation sessions built into our resident didactics. 

What do you do to prepare residents for board certification?
Our residents participate in the following educational opportunities to enhance their preparedness for the boards.

  • New Resident Orientation Lecture Series: This lecture series is dedicated to helping new anesthesiology trainees learn the basics of anesthesiology and start assimilating these concepts into their clinical practice. The lectures series, presented by our faculty, runs for 5 weeks in July and August. 
  • Basic Examination: Our CA-1 lecture series is geared towards the basic science examination and we will have an additional review specifically for the new Basic Examination in July. 
  • Advanced Examination: After participating in the first year lectures series the CA-2 and CA-3 residents will learn more advanced topics taught at a senior level.
  • In Training: We have dedicated the month of February to focus on the In Training board review. Our resident lecture series and complex cases in the operating room synergistically prepare our residents for the Applied Examination. 
  • Oral Board Examinations: Several of our anesthesiology faculty are American Board of Anesthesiology oral board examiners. Our residents participate in biannual mock oral examinations that closely simulate the actual examination. As more information is released on the new applied examination we will incorporate this into our mock oral board experience. 
  • Embedded Simulation: Every week we have embedded simulation.


Do you offer electives during the final year of residency training?
We offer a minimum of 7 electives in a flexible CA‐3 year with many unique opportunities ranging from global health experiences, teaching in the simulation center, research, merit badge, out of the OR “safari” experience, advanced ambulatory surgery, ”boardrunner,” echocardiography and additional subspecialty rotations of your choice.

Do you offer a research track?
We do offer up to 6 months of research experience in your final year of residency. Our Resident Research Committee is available to provide guidance and assistance to those residents interested in this additional research experience.

Where do residents go after training?
Our graduates are competent to work in a vast array of practices. It is our mission to prepare residents to work in all practice settings, in any location. Our graduates transition comfortably into private practice, fellowship training and academic medicine. We have Wake Forest Alumni in nearly 40 states across the US.

Do you offer any fellowship experiences?
We offer ACGME accredited fellowships in Chronic Pain Management, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Obstetrical Anesthesiology. We offer non- ACGME fellowships in Regional Anesthesiology.

 

Quick Reference

Anesthesiology Residency
Sherri Keith - Recruitment

Phone 336-716-4426
Fax 336-716-0934

skeith@wakehealth.edu

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