Resident Selection

Resident Selection FAQ

Q: Do you accept graduates of osteopathic medical schools?
A: Yes, applications from osteopathic students and physicians are welcome and accepted. Although we do accept COMLEX scores as part of the application, we do encourage osteopathic candidates to also provide USMLE scores. Osteopathic students need to participate in the main NRMP match to be considered for a position in our department.

Q: Do you accept graduates of international medical schools?
A: Yes.  For International Medical Graduates, we also require a current ECFMG certificate and recommend at least 3 months of clinical experience that included patient care (not observership) in the US, Canada, or UK; or at least 2 years anesthesia experience in other foreign countries.  If you do not meet these qualifications, but believe that your application is competitive, feel free to submit it to us for consideration.This could then be followed by the already existing FAQ about Visas.

Q: Can applications be submitted directly to the Department?
A: No, currently all PGY 1 applications must be submitted through ERAS.

Q: What is the minimum USMLE score needed to apply?
A: There is no minimum USMLE score.

Q: When do the interviews take place? 
A: Interviews begin in mid-November and will continue until mid-January. They will take place on weekdays.

Q: Does the Anesthesiology Department at UK offer advanced positions (PGY 2 or greater)?
A: Currently we do not anticipate offering any July 2018 PGY2 or greater positions. If you are interested in an advanced position, you can submit an application that we would review should a position become available unexpectedly (due to a resident leaving or transferring from our program).

Q: Are there positions available with starting times other than July?
A: Currently there are no positions available with a start time other than July.

Q: Does UK offer clinical base training?
A: The program at UK is a four-year continuum with the clinical base year (12 months) divided between the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years. The 36 months of anesthesia training is called the CA-1, CA-2 and CA-3 years. The CA-1 year is divided between the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years.

Q: How is the clinical base year divided between the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years?

PGY-1 Year

Includes 9 months clinical base (CB) rotations and 3 months of CA1 rotations. CB: General Medicine, Cardiology Consults, General Surgery, Pulmonary Consults, General Pediatrics, Chronic Pain, Transfusion Medicine, ICU-1, Selective (in-patient IM, surgery, or pediatrics). The resident is expected to have ACLS certification prior to starting residency (UK GME requirement).  CA1 Rotations done during the PGY1 Year include: Two months of UK-OR and one month of Acute Pain. (Acute Pain precedes Chronic Pain). The goal is to establish a foundation of anesthesia clinical experience doing “basic” cases.

PGY-2 Year

Includes 3 months CB rotations and 9 months of CA1 rotations. The CB rotations build on knowledge and skills obtained during the PGY-1 year and include one month rotations on: Emergency Department, ICU-2 and Practice of Medicine/Academic Medicine.  CA1 rotations during the PGY2 Year include: One month UK OR/Ambulatory, four months UK-OR, one month Obstetric Anesthesia, one month Preoperative Evaluation Clinic, one month Neuroanesthesia, and one month Intermediate Clinical (IC) Anesthesia in the UK-OR.

Q: What rotations are offered PGY-1 through PGY-4?
A: Details of each year’s rotations and a typical curriculum can be found in the curriculum menu. Link

Q: Do you support H1B or J1 visas?
A: We accept J1 visas but are unable to sponsor H1 visas for residency training.

Q: What certification is required prior to the start of residency?
A: Residents are expected to have ACLS certification prior to starting residency (UK GME requirement).


Additional institutional information for prospective University of Kentucky residents can be found on the UK Graduate Medical Education (GME) website.