FAQ: Applying to the Program

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How many positions do you offer?

In the 2017 Match, we will be offering 15 positions: 13 categorical (four-year) positions and 2 research (five-year) positions (the five-year program is the ACES program; more info can be found by following the ACES link). We do have an R spot available; please email Jessica Burkhart directly if you are interested in this physician only position. We expect to fill all 15 positions through the Match. Applicants may specify any or all tracks when they apply through ERAS. Interview offers are not based upon applications to a specific track. After we have interviewed applicants, we stay in communication to determine track preferences. Applicants may declare or change their preferences up until the time that we submit our lists.

I am completing a residency currently and I am interested in starting as a PGY-2 in July of 2017. Is this possible?

Please contact Jessica Burkhart, jesssica.burkhart@duke.edu, with your information.

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 Duke Hospital prior to matriculation.

Please note: we abide by the Duke GME policy on licensing examinations, with the added stipulation that we require passage of the USMLE Step 3 before starting the PGY-2 year. For more information, see Duke’s GME website.

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 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 15, 2016. 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?

Interview dates scheduled for 2016-2017 are:

2016-2017 Interview Dates with hotel, lunch and resident dinner info

Friday, October 28, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Friday, November 04, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
Monday, December 05, 2016
Friday, December 09, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
Friday, January 06, 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017

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.

What tracks do you offer and how many positions?

We offer a categorical track with 13 positions, an ACES track with 2 positions, and a Physician Only track all matching for the 2017 year. Our categorical internship has been very successful and has done a great job of preparing interns for the residency program here at Duke.

To complete your ERAS application, you can choose one track or any combination of tracks. For our purposes, these choices are not a binding commitment. If you are invited to interview, you will find out more about each track, and we will ask your track preference before our Match list is submitted.

What are the requirements for international medical graduates?

We have a minimum USMLE cutoff score of 220 on all parts of the exam. IMGs must be ECFMG certified to be considered for an interview. We require some U.S. clinical experience. Observerships do not meet this requirement. We do not have a timeframe for graduation from medical school; we are more interested in what you have done in the time since graduating. Applications are accepted only through ERAS. The type of visa offered will be considered on an individual basis.

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.

Where can I send questions for the residency program director and assistant directors?

We encourage you to visit the Duke Anesthesia Residency Education (DARE) blog! You can submit your question/s to the DARE blog authors and learn more about Duke’s residency program through regularly posted Q and As between medical students, residents and educators.