Frequently Asked Questions

Anesthesiology Department General Questions

Application Forms and Recommendations

Application Processing

International Students

USMLE

General Information

Q: Is there a medical student Anesthesia Interest Group at the University of Florida?

A: The University of Florida COM does have an Anesthesia Interest Group located on campus and run by medical students. This organization meets regularly to discuss topics and trends in anesthesiology, student learning directives and rotations, applying to residency, and other pertinent issues.

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Q: I haven’t applied to your residency program yet. Can I talk to someone in your office?

A: Before you speak to the recruitment office please make sure to review all the information and content provided online along with the Application process page.

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Q: If I am in a different residency program, but am now interested in the University of Florida Anesthesiology Residency Program. What should I do?

A: First discuss this with your previous/current program director. He or she can provide the best initial advice. We cannot speak with them about you until they have an official approval from the ACGME. To do so would be a a serious match violation.

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Q: Does the UF Anesthesiology Residency Program recognize membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Sigma Pi, and other national honor societies?

A: Yes. Proven leadership, organizing a program, directing an activity, chairing a committee, and being more than a member  demonstrates the attributes we seek in our residents, and we highly encourage these kinds of applicants. Remember, leadership skills are important characteristics, but most important to us are the humanistic qualities of a physician.

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Q: How many total residents are in your program?

A: There are generally 66 Anesthesiology residents and 20 interns.

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Application Forms and Recommendations

Q: I am applying this year. Can I send in my letters of recommendation before I apply?

A: All letters of recommendation must be sent directly through ERAS. We will not accept them otherwise. If you are having trouble, please contact ERAS and your letter writer to make sure all documents were uploaded correctly.

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Q: I wasn’t accepted by UF Anesthesiology. How can I strengthen my ERAS application?

A: UF is a competitive anesthesiology training program which seeks to recruit the strongest applicants for each year’s entering class. Your application would be considered again based upon merit in comparison to others applying this year. Otherwise, once you have received notification that you did not match with UF and all other programs through the NRMP to which you  applied, you will be entered in to SOAP and allowed to match into other programs. Please make sure to adhere to all SOAP guidelines.

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Q: How many categorical vs. advanced match spots are offered?

A: Twenty categorical positions are offered to begin at the “intern” (also known as PGY-1 or Clinical Base year) level and a total of two positions are offered to begin at the PGY-2 (or “Clinical Anesthesia-1”) levels each year, yielding a total of 22 residents in each of the three Clinical Anesthesia resident classes (CA-1 through CA-3, PGY-2 through 4).  “R” (reserved) positions designate a PGY-2 position that is scheduled to begin in July following the match in the preceding March.  “A” (advanced) positions designate a PGY-2 position that is scheduled to begin in July of the year following the match (approximately 16 months following the match).  Within these available positions, one position each year may be designated a Gravenstein Scholar for highly qualified applicants with clear research potential who aspire to an academic teaching and research career following residency.

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Q: Do you offer spots outside of the match?

A: No. All match positions must be submitted through a formal ERAS application during the match cycle. All off-cycle positions are offered through NRMP with strict adherence all NRMP and ACGME guidelines.

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Q: Do you offer couples match spots?

A: Yes!  You must indicate that you are looking for a couples match spot through your ERAS application during the match cycle.

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Q: Is there a cutoff point for years since medical school graduation?

A: We understand that exeptional circumstances, such as medical hardship or military service, may affect residency application for even the most competitive applicants. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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Q: Do you accept Osteopathic graduates?

A: Yes. We are looking for exceptional candidates, whether MD or DO, with competitive credentials, who will contribute to the Department’s strength and future of our specialty.

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Application Processing

Q: How will I receive notification regarding my application status with UF Anesthesiology?

A: If you are selected for an interview, you will be invited by phone. Otherwise, you will receive an email. We will send all correspondence regarding application status via e-mail using the address you provide on your  ERAS application. For best results, create an e-mail account that is only to be used by ERAS and the programs to which you are applying, and do not use a SPAM blocker. You will receive notification when a decision is made on your application.

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Q: Why haven’t I heard a decision from UF Anesthesiology regarding my application? I’ve already heard from all of the other programs to which I’ve applied this year.

A: In most cases, this is because UF Anesthesiology only reviews verified ERAS applications. Some programs review preliminary or unverified applications, but we do not. If it has been more than six weeks since you filed your ERAS application and you have not been notified that your application information is verified, you should contact ERAS. Typically an application’s verification is delayed due to ERAS not receiving all transcripts for their review.  If you believe an error has been made, please contact us for confirmation.

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Q: If I am accepted, can I defer residency?

A: Deferred residency will only be considered on an individual basis and for exceptional reasons. Once granted a deferral, no new academic requirements will be imposed (i.e. you will not be required to retake your USMLE if it is more than 3 years old).

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International Students

Q: Do you accept international medical students?

A: We do accept International Medical Graduates, however we do not sponsor H-1 or J-1 visas. You must either be a United States Citizen or be a United States Permanent Alien and in possession of the assigned ‘green card.’

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Q: I have a medical degree from a country outside of the United States. Can I enter your Residency Program?

A: You must follow our regular admissions policy, which requires citizenship or permanent resident status, a medical degree or equivalent from a United States accredited institution, and an ERAS application with letters of recommendation. Alternatively, you may consider obtaining medical licensing authority in the US; details are available at http://www.ecfmg.org/.

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USMLE

Q: What is the minimum USMLE Step 1 score that I need to be considered?

A: For successful applicants, our low end average USMLE Step 1 score is a 220. Although there is no defined cut-off for performance on USMLE 1, a higher score will certainly make a candidate more competetive.

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Q: If I failed USMLE Step 1 should I still apply?

A: We only consider applicants with passing first attempts; we discourage applicants with multiple attempts from applying. If there is an exceptional reason why you did not pass USMLE 1 on your first attempt, your personal statement should include this.

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Q: Do I need to have taken USMLE step 2 to apply?

A: We evaluate applicants for the entering class based primarily on USMLE Step 1 scores achieved during the first years of medical school. USMLE Step 2 scores, if available, will be considered. While excellence on USMLE Step 2 can certainly enhance an application packet, we do not consider these scores to be an ultimate indicator for admission.

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Q: Is there a minimum USMLE Step 2 CK score?

A: There are no minimum standards for these quantitative metrics. The further your USMLE score is below the average, the more difficult it will be for you to be considered for acceptance.

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Q: Is there a minimum for USMLE Step 2 CS attempts?

A: We only consider passing first attempts and discourage applicants that have multiple attempts from applying.

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Q: When does USMLE Step 3 need to be completed?

A: Most of our residents complete Step 3 early in their intern year. It is expected that a passing score will be obtained by January of the CA1 year.

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