Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the more frequently asked questions regarding our Residency Program are answered below. If you need any additional information or clarification regarding our program, please contact us.

Do you participate in ERAS?

Yes. In fact, those applying to the Rush Department of Anesthesiology Residency Program for a MATCH position must use the ERAS (the online Electronic Residency Application Service.) The ERAS application deadline is December 31.

What are the selection criteria for applicants?

Applicants are chosen to be interviewed based on a combination of medical school performance, USMLE and/or COMLEX scores, letters of recommendation, medical school transcript, and a dean’s letter.

Do you accept international medical graduates?

Yes, provided that the applicant meets certain requirements. For example, the individual must be eligible for an ECFMG certificate, and must be eligible for licensure in Illinois. Also, Rush University sponsors both J-1 and H-1 visas.

How many residents do you take through the match?

In general, we offer 20 positions (16 categorical and 4 advanced).

How many applications do you receive each year?

We receive approximately 1700+ applications per year.

What is your call schedule like?

The call schedule for residents is in compliance with the ACGME required 80-hour workweek, with a 14-hour period free following call.

What evaluation system does the department use to assess resident performance?

We use a variety of methods to assess the competency of our residents, including the following:

  • Monthly evaluations from faculty anesthesiologists
  • Periodic 360º evaluations 
  • Patient satisfaction surveys
  • Biannual evaluations for the American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Mock oral examinations
  • ASA/ABA in-training exam (mandatory for all residents)
  • Anesthesia Knowledge Test (AKT)
  • Resident conference/presentations
  • Resident mentoring program
  • Patient simulation sessions