Frequently Asked Questions

What is it like being an anesthesia resident at Henry Ford Hospital?

Our program offers a strong training environment within a tertiary care system and large referral center. With over 900 fellows and residents in the entire system, graduate medical education is at the core of our teaching hospitals. Our program is sized optimally with 12 residents per year to allow for close working relationships between teaching faculty and residents. Additionally, we have a very supportive group of CRNA’s.

The City of Detroit… metamorphosis

The City of Detroit has had much prosperity in the recent “rebuild.” Henry Ford Hospital (HFH), celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary in 2015, has a strong legacy of financial stability, has always remained solvent and persists as an important employer in South Eastern Michigan. Our hospital, HMO and research programs have all been important drives for the local economy. HFH residents all received a pay increase in 2016 and Graduate Medical Education remains a strong priority at our flagship hospital that leads our health system of more than 23,000 employees. Our Hospital has expansion plans for our new outpatient cancer center.

How do I apply for residency?

Please submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Are there any specific application requirements?

Please refer to ERAS application process guidelines.

When is your application deadline?

Our Selection Committee reviews applications through December 31 each year.

I’m missing a letter or two of recommendation, can I submit my application?

Absolutely! We know how everyone (including those writing and uploading letters) is pressed for time, especially when you are still on rotations during the application season. We routinely have the information updated and have a rolling cycle for invitations to interview.

When do the interviews take place?

Interviews take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from October through January.

How many positions does your program have?

We have 12 positions per year and have recently allocated all of those to our 4-year Categorical Program. We can offer advanced (3-year) positions for those who do an internship or transitional year elsewhere or in our dually accredited transitional year. However, with our Categorical training, our residents maximize their opportunities to learn during the specifically tailored PGY-1 year with us and in recent years have allocated our 12 spots to the Categorical path.

Can I complete my clinical base year (CBY) training (PGY-1) in another AOA/ACGME program and enter directly into the clinical anesthesia years (advanced position)?

Yes. For those interested in entering directly into the clinical anesthesia years, acceptable CBY experiences in other ACGME/AOA accredited programs include training in internal or emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery or any of the surgical specialties, OB/GYN, neurology, family medicine, critical care medicine. However, being “all-in” with the match, most of our applicants start with us as PGY-1 residents.

Are graduates of Osteopathic medical schools eligible to apply?

Yes. Osteopathic physicians may apply to Henry Ford's dually accredited (AOA/ACGME) Transitional Program to satisfy the requirements for completion of an osteopathic internship, and apply to Henry Ford's ACGME accredited Anesthesiology Program for advanced clinical anesthesia training. Recently, most osteopathic candidates also seek the 4-year continuum especially with the ACGME and AOA agreements moving forward.

What is the minimum required USMLE score?

There is no minimum USMLE score needed to apply. Recently, residents who have been accepted into the residency program have scores that average in the early 220’s.

Are COMLEX results accepted in lieu of USMLE for osteopathic medical graduates?

We will no longer accept applications without USMLE scores.

Do I need clinical experience in the United States to apply?

While US clinical experience is preferred, it is not mandatory to apply to the residency program.

Do I have to be ECFMG certified prior to my interview?

Interviews may be offered to all qualified applicants regardless of their ECFMG certification status. Applicants must be ECFMG certified prior to the match ranking, typically by February.

Does Henry Ford Health System sponsor educational visas?

The Department of Anesthesiology sponsors J1 and H1-B visas.

Where do your residents go upon completion of residency training?

More than half choose to enhance their subspecialty expertise by completing fellowship training, primarily in the subspecialty areas of cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pain medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, regional anesthesia or critical care medicine. Others enter private practice, group practice or academic practice. Either way, our residents have access to excellent opportunities available across the country.

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