Anesthesia Residency Application & Selection Process

Applying to the Program

Senior medical students may apply for a four-year residency position at MUSC through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) using the ERAS system.

To apply to the Anesthesiology Residency at MUSC, please submit a completed Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application, including:

  • Medical school transcripts (copies will suffice; need not be official).
  • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations (USMLE, LMCC, COMLEX, NBOME, FMGEMS, FLEX or NBME).
  • A Dean's letter along with three other letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional qualifications.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A personal statement.

Applicants for fellowship programs must also provide a copy of their most recent ABA In-Training Examination (ITE) scores and a letter from their anesthesiology residency program director.

  • Applications must be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) through your medical school dean's office.
  • Applications for each academic year should be completed by October 1 to be considered for an interview.
  • Interviews are usually conducted from late October through January.

Resident Interview & Selection Process

Interviews

We are excited that you are considering our program. Our goal during this process is to have a low-stress environment where you can get to know our department and we can get to know you.

Pre-interview activities start the night before with a dinner for the applicants at a local restaurant. Resident volunteers (interns through CA-3) sign up to share their knowledge of the MUSC Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine with the applicants. Please come with questions for our residents and with an appetite for excellent Charleston food.

The interview day begins at roughly 8 a.m. in a group meeting with the Program Director, Dr. George Guldan, and the Program Coordinators. It will finish around 3 p.m. Interviewees will have five interview sessions with anesthesia faculty and also take an extended tour of our campus, including our clinical sites, simulation center, and other areas of interest. A lunch is served in the middle of the day and it is attended by anesthesia residents and resident applicants. If you have a particular research interest, please advise Lauren Byers of this and she can arrange an interview with clinical or basic science faculty that share this same interest.

Interviews are mandatory for anyone wanting to train at MUSC. We have a formal interview selection process. Invitations are issued after all application documents are received in ERAS. Thus, we urge early completion of all of the ERAS documents, including letters of recommendation, as we have a limited number of interview spots and we cannot offer every qualified candidate an interview. Delays in submitting your ERAS materials may put you at a disadvantage for gaining an interview spot. Interviews are offered in September and October for interview dates ranging from the end of October to January.

Selection Process

The Department searches for applicants who have demonstrated an excellent work ethic, have diverse life experiences and interests, and also show promise in their scholarly abilities. We are seeking mature, highly motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills, the highest ethical standards, and the desire and ability to be leaders in the field of anesthesiology. We do not require prior research experience, but interest and demonstrated ability in a particular area relevant to anesthesiology and critical care medicine is a plus.

Overall, applicants are assessed on their educational track record, life accomplishments, evaluations, letters of recommendation, and our exposure to them during the interview process.