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An anesthesiologist is a physician who provides anesthesia for patients undergoing surgical, obstetric, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures while monitoring the patient’s condition and supporting vital organ functions. The anesthesiologist also diagnoses and treats acute, chronic and/or cancer pain as well as provides resuscitation and medical management for patients with critical illnesses and severe injuries.

Competitiveness MEDIUM
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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 233
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 240
  • Research: 2.0
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 5.1
  • Work: 4.4
  • Volunteer: 5.7

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 234
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 243
  • Research: 2.8
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 9.1
  • Work: 5.8
  • Volunteer: 4.4
Specialty Factors

In March 2022, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted its survey of directors of programs participating in the Main Residency Match ® with the primary purpose of characterizing the factors that Program Directors use to (1) select applicants to interview, and (2) rank applicants for the Main Residency Match. See results of the Program Director Survey for Anesthesiology below:

The Top 5 Most Cited Factor For Anesthesiology

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 Score (95.2%)
  2. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (90.5%)
  3. USMLE Step 2 CK score (88.1%)
  4. Class ranking/quartile (85.7%)
  5. Grades in required clerkships, Any failed attempt at USMLE (83.3%)

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

  1. Applicant was flagged with Match violation by the NRMP(5.0)
  2. Professionalism and ethics (4.5)
  3. Perceived commitment to specialty (4.3)
  4. Perceived interest in program (4.2)
  5. Leadership qualities, Audition elective/rotation in PD`s dept. (4.2)

Fast Facts

Total Training 4 years: Requires a preliminary year in internal, critical care, emergency, or family medicine; general surgery or any surgical specialty; pediatrics; obstetrics and gynecology; neurology; or any combination of these
Average Residency Salary $58,527.68
Average Physician Salary $405,000
Average Physician Work Week 61 Hours
Peak Interview Months November-January
Key Organizations and Societies: American Board of Anesthesiology
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
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Neurocritcial Care
  • Obstetric Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology
  • Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

Additional Info

  • Select Anesthesiology programs may participate in the supplemental ERAS application. Please visit the supplemental ERAS application webpage for information, guidance, timelines, and resources.