Frequently Asked Questions


Basics 

  • Do you participate in ERAS?  

Yes. All applications must be received through ERAS. 

  •  How many positions will you have open this year?  

We enroll 6 PGY-1 (categorical) positions each year through the NRMP Match process. All applications must be submitted through ERAS. Please refer to our program information listed in FREIDA online for further information. 

  •  What is your application deadline?  

We receive applications until December 31. 

  •  Do you offer positions outside the MATCH?  

We do not. You must register with the MATCH separately from ERAS.    

  •  What visas do you sponsor?  

The institution currently accepts residents on J-1 visas only. 

  •  Do you interview students from Osteopathic schools?  

Yes. 

  •  Do you interview students from foreign schools?  

Yes. 

Requirements 

  •  Is there a limit to the number of times an applicant can attempt Step 1 or Step 2?  

The program prefers first-attempt-passing of the USMLE to be considered for an interview. More than one attempt is acceptable depending on other qualifications and the complete application. 

  • If I have taken COMLEX, is the USMLE required?  

Yes, the USMLE score is required along with the COMLEX score. 

  •  Do you have a minimum score that is required?  

We take a holistic approach when evaluating applications, taking many factors into account including scores, the dean’s letter, medical school performance, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and research. 

  •  Do I need to take step 2 to apply?  

A step 1 score is a must for the application. Both step 1 and step 2 scores are required to start the PGY 1 year. 

  •  Is there a cut-off date of medical school graduation?  

Application within five years of medical school graduation is strongly preferred. When there is a break between medical school graduation and application to residency, the quality of the intervening experience and the continuity of medical education will be strongly considered. 

Interviews

  •  How many individuals do you interview each year?  

We typically interview approximately 100 individuals each year. 

  •  When will you be conducting interviews?  

We begin our interview process in November and finish by early January. Formal interviews will be scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays. Interviewees will arrive at 7:30 am for breakfast. They will meet with three attending physicians and have a tour of the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, followed by lunch and, finally, a 1-on-1 meeting with the program director. 

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. 

  •  Do you reimburse travel or hotel expenses for the interview process?  

Unfortunately, we do not pay for travel expenses. However, the Concierge Service at LHMC works with local hotels to provide discounted rates. 

  •  My partner is interviewing at Lahey for another residency. Can we coordinate our interviews?  

All the residency programs at Lahey have a close working relationship and we will be happy to help coordinate interview dates with the other departments as much as possible. Please contact our office about your partner’s interview, as we may not have that information. 

If you are couples-matching with another applicant in Anesthesia and both have been invited to interviews, we will make every attempt to schedule both interviews for the same session. Each applicant will be ranked based on individual qualifications. 

Clinical Questions 

  • How is the Fundamental Clinical Skills (FCS) Year organized?  

The FCS year has 13 block rotations with four weeks in each block. There are 12-14 weeks of General Surgery and Internal Medicine, four weeks of MICU, ER, Pain and Anesthesia and 2-4 weeks of electives. All rotations are at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s main campus. 

  •  What is the call schedule like?  

The calls will be distributed equally over all ranks of residency. Projected call during the  clinical anesthesia (CA) years of training is every fifth night when averaged over a month. 

  • What types of cases will I see in the Operating Room?  

Residents are exposed to a variety of cases ranging from minor ambulatory procedures to complex liver transplants and cardiothoracic cases during training. Lahey is a regional leader in liver transplants, urologic oncology, colorectal, cardiothoracic and catheter based cardiac procedures. 

  • Are residents involved in resuscitations?  

Yes residents will be assigned during the daytime and while on call at nights to be part of the resuscitation team under supervision of a faculty. 

  • How much elective time is offered, is there a lot of freedom in the CA-3 year?  

During the FCS year, there are 2-4 weeks of electives. During the CA-3 year, there are 3-4 months of electives for residents to augment their clinical experience. 

  • Are complex transplant cases available to residents?  

 Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has a robust liver and kidney transplant program. Lahey is a regional leader in liver transplantation and residents actively participate in the transplantation and non-transplantation care of these patients. 

  • Is simulation just available or is it integrated as part of the curriculum?  

Simulation is considered an integral part of residency training and is incorporated into our curriculum. The simulation sessions starts from FCS year and continues throughout the CA years. During CA years, there are biweekly simulation sessions ranging from simple technical exercises to complex clinical scenarios, incorporating OSCEs that will prepare the residents for the Anesthesiology Part III Board Examinations. 

  • When do new residents begin taking call?  

During the CA years of training, residents start taking call in August. 

  • How is the cardiothoracic anesthesiology experience?  

There will be cardiothoracic rotations in each of the CA training years and additional CA-3 elective time to augment the cardiothoracic experience. Residents will also get cardiothoracic cases as a part of their Advanced General OR rotations and when on call. Lahey does approximately 600 on pump cardiac cases a year and 250-300 thoracic cases. TAVR and other catheter based cardiac procedures are in addition to these cases.  

  • Are trainees exposed to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) ?  

Residents will learn TEE during their Cardiothoracic and Transplant rotations.  A dedicated TEE elective can be taken during FCS and CA 3 years. Our Simulation curriculum will include regular didactic sessions using our TEE/TTE  simulator (with VR capability). A monthly TEE conference will cover basic and advanced topics in TEE.  Advanced hemodynamic monitoring, including TEE and advanced transthoracic cardiac ultrasound, is an important part of resident training at Lahey. 

  • Do residents take the Basic Perioperative Transesophageal (Basic-PTE) Exam?  

It is not a requirement of the program to take the Basic-PTE examination, but all residents should have the skills and knowledge by the end of their residency to sit for the exam. 

  • What exposure do residents have to regional anesthesiology?  

The department has a robust Acute Pain and Regional Service (APS). The Regional and Acute Pain rotations provides a high volume regional experience that is rich in variety; placing neuraxial, compartment, and peripheral nerve blocks and catheters on surgical, trauma, and medical patients throughout the hospital under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance.   Residents will also perform neuraxial and regional blocks and catheter on cases they are assigned to on their General OR and Subspecialty Rotations.  The residents’ regional experience will be augmented by our Simulation equipment, which includes simulators for neuraxial and ultrasound guided upper extremity, lower extremity, and truncal regional techniques. Residents can also elect additional Regional and/or Acute Pain rotations during their CA-3 year (Electives). 

  • How is the obstetric and pediatric anesthesia experience?  

There will be a three-month-rotation in Pediatric anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital during the CA-2 year and a total of three months at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital for training in Obstetric anesthesia during the CA-2 and CA-3 years. Both hospitals are in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, approximately 17 miles away. These rotations are also available during the CA-3 year as electives to augment the residents’ clinical experience. 

  •  Are residents allowed to moonlight?  

Moonlighting is not permitted for residents. 

Non-clinical 

  • Is there a faculty mentorship program for residents?  

Mentors play an important role in the training of residents. Early during the FCS year, a faculty member is assigned to each resident.  The mentor will stay in contact with the new resident throughout the first year, providing guidance and direction when needed and connection to their home department during their important year of transition.. During the CA years, residents will have the freedom to choose a mentor from the faculty based on professional and personal preferences. 

  • What professional leadership opportunities are available to residents?  

The Lahey Anesthesiology Department and the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) offer many leadership opportunities at the departmental and institutional level. A full list of committees with opportunities for residents is available. 

  • How are residents prepared for their oral board exams?  

Mock oral examinations are part of the resident didactic curriculum.  The Department includes faculty who are current and past ABA examiners, writers, editors, and committee members.   

  • How are didactics structured?  

Daily resident conferences occur every afternoon except Wednesday. These conferences include faculty lectures, resident presentations, simulation sessions etc. Every Wednesday morning there is a resident session from 06:30 AM to 07:00 AM followed by our Departmental Conference from  07:00 AM to 08:10 AM, which includes our Grand Rounds, Clinical Practice Reviews (CPRs), Journal Club, visiting speakers, and Outcome, Process and Peer review (OPPs) conferences. Residents are expected to actively participate in all of these conferences.  

  • Do residents attend national conferences?  

Residents are encouraged to attend and present posters/papers at regional, national and international conferences. 

  • Can residents travel to meetings during their training?  

Residents are encouraged to participate as presenting authors or committee members at regional, national, or international professional conferences by granting limited professional time for such activities.  Otherwise, residents utilize their personal vacation time to attend professional conferences of their choice. 

  • Is financial support provided to attend national conferences?  

The Alumni Association (AA) and Anesthesiology Department will support traveling expenses for residents who are presenting authors at regional or national conferences according to the departmental and AA reimbursement policies. Residents are responsible for all other conferences and extra expenses. 

  •  What is the book allowance?  

Residents get an annual GMEC allowance which they can use towards buying books. The department provides two anesthesiology books for each residents and an iPad Mini® at the start of the CA-1 year. 

  • What opportunities are there for research?  

The department and institution considers research an important part of resident training and promotes research and other scholarly activities. Residents will participate in a quality improvement project and will be encouraged to participate in a research project during residency. Residents will have opportunity to join either ongoing research or start a new research project under the supervision of a faculty member. 

Fellowships 

  • What fellowships do you offer?  

We currently offer a one-year Transplant Anesthesia fellowship. 

Logistics 

  • How far away do residents park?  

Residents park on site in an outdoor parking lot. It is an approximate  2-3 minute walk to the hospital. 

  • Where do most people live?  

Residents live in Burlington, or one of the many surrounding suburbs such as Woburn, Waltham, Bedford, Lexington and Winchester.