Application Process


The University of Minnesota’s anesthesiology residency program uses ERAS to fill our 40 resident spaces. All 10 positions are filled through a categorical match each application cycle. Only applications submitted through the ERAS portal will be considered.

How to Apply

Senior medical students and graduates may apply to our four-year anesthesiology residency program. Applicants should strive to complete the majority of their ERAS application in time for the initial September application opening; we review applications on a rolling basis and an earlier submission is to your benefit. In order to be considered, all applications must be received no later by December 1 of the preceding year. Our academic year begins July 1 in the summer following the match cycle.


  • Completed ERAS common application information (including a CV as generated through ERAS)
  • USMLE score(s): all applicants must submit a USMLE Step 1 pass/fail score regardless of background
  • Dean's letter from medical school
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts
  • ECFMG certificate if graduated from a foreign school (can be provided at a later date if not available before application deadline)
  • Any other appropriate credentials

Special Consideration for Foreign Medical Graduates Applicants

We welcome Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) applications for residency. Currently, we have just over 10% FMG enrollment. Although not required, we find IMG applicants with previous US clinical experience to helpful and desirable for successful applicants.

We sponsor J1 Visas. At this time, we do not sponsor H1-B Visas.

In order to apply as a FMG, please:

  • Be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified (this can be provided at a later date if not available before the application deadline)
  • Submit a USMLE examination pass/fail result
  • Have appropriate visa status (permanent resident, green card holder, or J1 visa)
  • Be fluent in English

Candidate Interviews

We offer several opportunities to learn about our program each application cycle. Please look for 2024 Virtual Open House dates on the ASA website. We also participate in the ASA Residency Open House each year.

Applicants considered for appointment will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with our department faculty, program leaders, and chief residents. Interviews are conducted between October and December each match cycle.

We ask our applicants to complete a situational judgement test (1 hour in length) as part of their interview session.

Opportunities to speak with current residents, both formally and informally, will be provided to help applicants determine if our program will be a good fit.

A “second look” open house will be offered in February. This is an optional opportunity for applicants who have been invited to interview to see our campus and meet some of our residents and faculty in person. We commit to this event after submitting our rank order list so any applicant’s presence will not impact our ranking decisions. We commit to hosting this event before your ranking list is due so that you may use what you see in your own ranking decisions.