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Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by PillsburyDoughBoi, May 9, 2018.
As long as grades and test s ores are competitive for “top-tier” schools that’s all you need. Unless of course you’re ok with going to one of the crappy programs of which there are a few.
Pass all your clerkships, do average of Step 1, rock your anesthesia electives, and come from an MD school and you should be good for gas. At a low-mid tier MD, I've seen slightly above to average students match MGH, BWH, Stanford, etc. so it's not that hard.
I understand you are trying to alleviate this person's anxiety, but this isn't good advice. To get those "top" NE or Cali programs mentioned above your probably going to need to be somewhere around 240+ step 1, mostly honor with some high pass your clerkships to be a serious contender. That FAER with LOR is definitely going to help you for the more research oriented programs. I'd say you have a shot, but don't count on it. However, there are other solid programs in NE and Cali that aren't as competitive that you will be a great candidate for, and I would predict wont have too much trouble matching too based on what you have posted. You are doing a good job, keep it up!
Just FYI, I'm basing my advice on my own personal match experience (which in this case I think is relevant). I'm a simple resident and not involved in the match process at my institution. Not sure about the hard cutoffs. Telling which programs value research is difficult. Any program with a research track is a good start. I'd say any program with a webpage for an anesthesia research division (with research focused MDs, not just PhDs) is a good sign. You can ask your home program's faculty what they think as well.
Care to share which one you think those are?
LOL. Dream Big!
"Top Tier": UCSD, UCLA, UCSF, Stanford
"Bottom of the Barrel": Harbor-UCLA
"Somewhere in the Middle": UCI, USC, Loma Linda, Davis, Cedars
- My personal impression is that after the top tier, Loma Linda is the next best program but maybe less competitive than USC or UCI simply because of location
- Don't hear much about Davis
- Cedars on paper has all the makings of a great program, but I don't know if that's translated into real life good training or not?? It's a smaller program and still on the newer side. I have yet to come across anyone who's trained there.
For the sake of completeness, I would add that there is a new anesthesia program in Ca. There is a shortage of anesthesiologists in the Central Valley so it actually makes sense. I won’t comment on it’s tier-age.
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I graduated from a Midwest med school with a similar step 1 score and grades and went to one of the "top tier" West Coast programs, so it's certainly doable. There were also others in my residency from schools in the Midwest. If you're interested, I can PM you a list of where I interviewed. I'm originally from the PNW, as you can probably gather from the avatar.