faq: Applying to the program

How many positions do you offer?

In the 2016 Match, we will be offering 26 positions: four categorical (four-year) positions and twenty-two advanced (three-year) positions. We receive 750+ applicants each year . The total program size is 82: 4 PGY-1 positions, 26 CA-1 positions, 26 CA-2 positions, 26 CA-3 positions. Students matching to the advanced positions will do their clinical base years elsewhere (Transitional/Clinical Base year) and begin training with our program on July 1, 2017. Our Residency Interview Committee looks at various criteria  in the selection and invitation process. We expect to fill all 26 positions through the Match. Applicants may specify advanced or categorical when they apply through ERAS. Interview offers are not based upon applications to a specific track. 

Are there specific requirements for the clinical based year?

For those seeking an advanced position, the clinical base year include at least six months of clinical rotations during which the resident has responsibility for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a variety of medical and surgical problems, of which at most one month may involve the administration of anesthesia and one month of pain medicine. Acceptable clinical base experiences include training in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery or any of their subspecialties, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, family medicine or any combination of these as approved for residents by the directors of their training programs in anesthesiology. The clinical base year should also include rotations in critical care and emergency medicine, with at least one month, but no more than two months, devoted to each. Other rotations completing the 12 months of broad education should be relevant to the practice of anesthesiology.  Training as a fellow in a subspecialty program is not an acceptable clinical base experience. 

The Indiana University’s Department of Anesthesia requests that your clinical base year includes two months of Critical Care experience. 

How do I apply?

We accept applications only through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Our application requirements are the same as the standard ERAS application: the complete application, CV, personal statement, medical student performance evaluation (Dean’s letter), transcript, and three letters of recommendation. We require Step 1 USMLE scores of all applicants. Step 2 may be completed after the application deadline. Successful completion of USMLE Step 1 and of Step 2 CS and CK is required by Indiana University Department of Anesthesiology prior to matriculation.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP, “the Match”) and abide by all Match policies. Please note that applicants must register with both NRMP and ERAS to participate in the services of each.

What is your application's deadline?

Your ERAS application, including all supporting documentation (i.e., personal statement, three letters of recommendation, USMLE Step 1 results, etc.), should be complete by October 1, 2015. Applications completed after this time may be considered on a rolling basis, presuming interview slots are still available. The earlier you can finalize your application, the better.

When do you interview applicants?

We hold interview days roughly every x and yfrom the start of x to the middle of y.

An interview day begins the evening before, as the applicants and spouses/significant others are invited to join a number of residents and their significant others for dinner at a local restaurant. We consider this dinner an important part of the interview experience. If you’re considering one of the above dates, make sure you can arrive the evening before.

We are couples matching.  Is that allowed in your program?

Yes, the couples match is an option on  your profile through ERAS.

What are the requirements for DO applicants?

We would encourage DO candidates to take the USMLE.  However, we will consider individuals that provide only COMLEX scores.  Any failed attempts at the exam, we suggest you address in your personal statement. 

What are the requirements for international medical graduates?

We require that International Medical Graduates (IMGs) have a valid ECFMG certificate prior to an interview.  The preferred Visa option for non-US Citizens is the J-1 Visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).  IMGs who seek this type of visa must first apply to the ECFMG for certification.  ECFMG offers the USMLE exams and is the sponsoring organization providing assurance to residency programs that candidates meet defined qualifications equivalent to a U.S. medical degree.  Dates and deadlines can be found at http://www.ecfmg.org/

Expectations for IMG applicants include, among other qualifications, the following.

Current ECFMG certification


US citizenship


US permanent resident


J-1 visa


H1-B visa


F-1 visa


Unrestricted state medical license for this state


The Office of International Affairs website may be able to help you with other questions and is located at:  http://international.iupui.edu/

Do you have observership positions available?

At this time, we do not offer observership positions.

I submitted four letters of recommendation. Is that too many?

No problem. ERAS allows you to upload up to four letters of recommendation. We consider a complete application to include three letters of recommendation. If you have four, that is fine.

Person to contact for more information about the program:

David A Nakata, MD, MBA
Indiana Univ Sch of Med
Dept of Anesthesia Fesler Hall 204
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN  46202

Tel:  (317) 274-0275 
Fax:  (317) 274-0256

E-mail:  anesres@iupui.edu