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Applications for our residency program are made through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Positions to the first year of residency (regular categorical and categorical Apgar Scholar residencies) are matched through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All applications MUST be complete for an applicant to be considered for our program.

This includes all of the following:

  • A completed AAMC-NRMP application for residency
  • An official copy of your USMLE scores
  • An official medical school transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your performance
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean’s Letter)
  • Personal Statement

Please note that we do not accept hard copies of applications.

A carefully selected pool of applicants will be offered interviews starting late October 2023. We will be accepting applications via ERAS through December 1, 2023.

Should you have any other questions about the residency application process, you may contact the Education Office at

Application FAQ

How competitive is Columbia Anesthesiology?

Anesthesiology continues to be a popular specialty among graduating medical students. As one of the highest-ranked academic programs of anesthesiology in the United States, Columbia has consistently been one of the most competitive programs in the country, attracting many excellent applicants, some of whom we hope will be future leaders in the specialty. In reviewing all of our applicants we try to recruit the best group that balances the multitude of talents and interests of the individual applicants to build a class likely to be successful in a career in anesthesiology.

When are your interview dates?

The schedule for our 2023-2024 interview season runs from November 2023 through January 2024.

When is your application deadline?

The latest date for applications is December 1, 2023, but occasionally we will accept late applications under extenuating circumstances. Early applications are always encouraged.

How many residents do you take through the match?

Our program is ACGME approved for 26 positions per year, for a total of 104 residents. All CBY positions are filled through the NRMP match either as regular categorical residents (24 positions) or as categorical Apgar Scholar residents (2 positions).

Do I have to complete my intern year at Columbia?

Yes. The anesthesiology residency program at Columbia is a four-year residency program with an integrated clinical base year. As such, all of our residency positions through the match are categorical (i.e., we do not offer advanced positions through the main residency match). Applicants wishing to switch into anesthesiology from another specialty, and who are not obligated to another program under ACGME rules, should contact our residency program director, Dr. Teresa Mulaikal, directly at