Application Information

About the Process

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Upon receipt of your ERAS application, the Residency Selection Committee will review your credentials. Please be sure to include 3 letters of recommendation with the application. These letters will be in addition to your Dean's letter. Interviews are scheduled by invitation, and will take place during the months of October through January. UNC Anesthesiology receives hundreds of applications each year and unfortunately can only interview about 10 percent of all applicants. Once a candidate has been selected by the Residency Selection Committee for a formal interview, an interview date will be determined and the candidate will visit The University of North Carolina Department of Anesthesiology.

Interviews are conducted Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the interview season, with a dinner and reception the preceding evening. The department provides pre-interview evening's accommodations and meals with faculty and residents. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email or contact the Resident Recruitment Coordinator, Elizabeth Aguero at (919) 966-5136. Click here to visit the office of Graduate Medical Education.

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Selection Process:

All applicants must register through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and apply using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).  The UNC Anesthesiology Residency program offers positions to two types of candidates:

  • Those with no post-graduate training beyond medical school (12 positions per year)
  • Those with one or more years of post-graduate education (2 positions per year)
    • Those applicants with no post-graduate training beyond medical school may apply for a post-graduate position at either the PGY-1 (Clinical Base Year) or PGY-2 (CA-1) level. If accepted for a position at our PGY-1 level, the individual will participate in a broad-based clinical program of education during the first year of training. Our clinical base year curriculum includes training in medicine, pediatrics, critical care and anesthesiology. On successful completion of this initial year, the resident will proceed into the three years of formal clinical anesthesia training.
    • Candidates accepted at the PGY-2 level through the National Residency Matching Program are expected to have completed an acceptable, broad-based clinical program prior to initiating the PGY-2 year.

Successful completion of the three years of clinical based anesthesia training via either track, qualifies the individual to apply to the American Board of Anesthesiology for entrance into the Board Exam process.


Selection Patterns:

The University of North Carolina is proud to be involved in the “Residency Diversity Initiative”.  We are looking for bright, inquisitive, highly motivated physicians. We evaluate each candidate on his or her individual merits. The average resident in our program is outgoing, fully integrated into the anesthesia care team, adept at problem solving and industrious. He or she enjoys intellectual challenges and can comfortably enter discussions in which sharply different views are being expressed. Our residents pursue interests outside medicine and remain well-rounded individuals during the demanding years of training.