Competitiveness: Medium

Anesthesiology is an advanced specialty and a good choice for any medical professional interested in technology, quick critical thinking, varying patients and work settings, and an occasionally high-pressure work environment. The specialty has seen a recent rise in popularity over the last few years, increasing its competitiveness. Many applicants have AOA membership and honors in their clinical rotations. The training path to licensure in Anesthesiology can be complex. There are full-categorical training programs, but many programs will require applicants to secure a PGY-1 position in primary care, surgery, or a Transitional Year before starting their PGY-2 Anesthesiology program. It is also highly suggested that residency applicants obtain at least one or two Letters of Recommendation from Anesthesiologists in order to be more competitive.

ENTER YOUR CREDENTIALS Customize your Anesthesiology program list

IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 232
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 239
  • Research: 1.9
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 4.3
  • Work: 4.3
  • Volunteer: 4.7

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 236
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 242
  • Research: 2.7
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 7.9
  • Work: 5.8
  • Volunteer: 4.1

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Cited Factor For Anesthesiology

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 Score (100%)
  2. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (92%)
  3. USMLE Step 2 CK score (88%)
  4. Leadership qualities (80%)
  5. Class ranking/quartile (80%)

Top 5 Highest Rated Factors (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Applicant was flagged with Match violation by the NRMP(5.0)
  2. Any failed attempt in USMLE (4.8)
  3. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.8)
  4. Audition/elective within your department (4.5)
  5. Personal prior knowledge of the applicant (4.5)

Fast Facts

Total Training 4 years, One year preliminary, 3 years clinical anesthesia, Extra year for any subspecialty
Average Residency Salary $63,300
Average Physician Salary $398,000
Average Physician Work Week 61 Hours
Peak Interview Months November, December
Key Organizations and Societies: American Association of Anesthesiology
American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Association of University Anesthesiologists
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Society for Education in Anesthesia
Society for Technology in Anesthesia
  • Many program deadline early from October to November to prepare for interviews

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched


Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match

Advanced (PGY-1)

Post-Match SOAP

Program Track PGY-1
Participating Programs 1
Filled Programs 0
Positions Available 1
Filled Positions 0


  • Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Obstetric Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology