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The Most IMG-Friendly Anesthesiology Programs in the US

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by Bea Espeño in IMG, Residency

Are you wondering how IMG-friendly (or unfriendly) anesthesiology is as a US medical specialty? Do you want to know your chances of matching in this highly competitive field? Would you love to figure out what anesthesiology programs an IMG would stand the best chance?

This article will give you the most up-to-date information on IMG-friendly anesthesiology programs. Use this information to strategize on whether – and where – to apply to maximize your chances of matching as an IMG in dermatology.


  • Anesthesiology is not very IMG-friendly among US medical specialties
  • Some anesthesiology programs have a large number of IMGs, including MetroHealth System (84% IMGs) and Cook County Health (87% IMGs)
  • In addition, some programs favor US IMGs while others favor non-US IMGs
  • See the full list of searchable residency programs to strategize where IMGs have recently been the most welcome
  • Be sure to bookmark this page – and sign up for the newsletter – to keep up with the latest residency and USMLE trends and maximize your chances of matching

Table of Contents

What is an IMG Again?

Let’s start with some definitions.

IMG: International Medical Graduate
  • You attended a medical school outside of the United States and Canada
US- vs. Non-US IMGs

IMGs consist of two sub-groups:

  • US-IMGs: US Citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in the US but went to a Caribbean medical school (a non-US school).
  • Non-US IMGs: Non-US citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in South Korea, who does not have US citizenship or a green card, and who went to medical school in South Korea.
NRMP: “National Resident Matching Program®”
  • The organization that administers the “Match.” In the Match, the NRMP pairs residency applicants with a residency program.

Note that “International Medical Graduate” (IMG) refers to the medical school you attended. Thus, a foreign citizen who attends a US medical school is NOT an IMG. However, a US citizen attending a med school outside the US would be considered an IMG. (Technically, s/he would be a US IMG).

For more on how IMGs can attain residency in the US, see The IMG’s Guide to Obtaining Residency in the United States (2022).

Anesthesiology is Not Very IMG-Friendly

Looking at the % of spots filled by IMGs in the 2022 Match, we can see anesthesiology had a low % compared to more friendly residencies. The fill rate of IMGs in anesthesiology (8%) was below the average percentage of IMGs Matched (11%).

Eight specialties had a higher proportion of spots filled by IMGs: Radiation Oncology (11%), Child Neurology (15%), Psychiatry (15%), Pediatrics (18%), Family Medicine (21%), Neurology (25%), Internal Medicine (36%), and Pathology (41%).

Anesthesiology IMG Friendly 2022

Anesthesiology is One of the Least IMG-Friendly Specialties (2022 Match)

Similarly, the match rate for IMGs in anesthesiology fell short near 50% in the 2022 Match:

Anesthesiology Match Rate and Spots Filled in 2022 Match

Here are the same data represented in a table:

% Spots Filled by IMGs% Spots Filled by US IMGs% Spots Filled by non-US IMGsTotal Positions OfferedTotal # All Applicants
Child Neurology15%4%11%188182
Diagnostic Radiology8%2%6%1,1551,568
Emergency Medicine7%6%1%2,9212,813
Family Medicine21%13%8%4,9165,055
General Surgery9%3%5%1,6222,400
Internal Medicine36%9%25%9,80911,598
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics5%2%2%392458
Interventional Radiology2%0%2%169226
Neurological Surgery8%1%7%240379
Obstetrics and Gynecology5%2%3%1,5032,044
Orthopaedic Surgery2%1%1%8751,435
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation6%2%3%532725
Plastic Surgery6%1%4%194340
Radiation Oncology11%5%7%185162
Vascular Surgery7%0%7%84143

For more on the most IMG-friendly medical specialties, see this article.

The Most IMG-Friendly Anesthesiology Residency Programs

While anesthesiology as a field is not very IMG-friendly, that is not true of every anesthesiology residency program. For example, six anesthesiology residencies in the most recent GME census had IMG percentages of 50% or higher. Two had IMG rates higher than 80%: MetroHealth System (84%) and Cook County Health (87%).

Here is a list of the most (and least) IMG-friendly anesthesiology programs. It includes data from the most recent National GME Census Survey. Percentages are of all residents in the program in 2020.

ACGME residency program codeAnesthesiology residency nameCityState% residents IMG (US + Non-US)% residents US-citizen IMGs% residents non-US-citizen IMGs% residents US MD graduates% residents US DO graduatesProgram consider applicants with J-1 visa?Program consider applicants with H-1B visa?Program consider applicants with F-1 Visa (OPT 1st year)?# categorical positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# categorical positions filled (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions filled by (2021 NRMP Main Match)# applications submitted (2021 NRMP Main Match)% applicants interviewed (2020 NRMP Main Match)
401612039Cook County Health and Hospitals System ProgramChicagoIL875730014YesYesNo990011657.5
403821174The MetroHealth System/Case Western Reserve University ProgramClevelandOH84463888YesYesNo3344124611.9
401621040Advocate Health Care/Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center ProgramChicagoIL752946817YesNoNo0000120411.8
402500206Wayne State University School of Medicine ProgramPontiacMI735617028YesNoNo00667207
402521185Henry Ford Hospital ProgramDetroitMI524482919YesYesYes121200117812.6
402421065Tufts Medical Center ProgramBostonMA5010403317YesYesNo001010106117.5
402421067St Elizabeth's Medical Center ProgramBostonMA4618281538YesNoNo663313168.4
402421062Boston University Medical Center ProgramBostonMA44413543YesYesNo7744145213.5
403321180Rutgers Health/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ProgramNew BrunswickNJ434034017YesNoNo448888714.8
402412069UMass Chan - Baystate ProgramSpringfieldMA39327061YesNoNo880087021.8
403421183University of New Mexico School of Medicine ProgramAlbuquerqueNM3925143229YesNoNo662210559.6
401100212University of Central Florida/HCA Healthcare GME (Ocala) ProgramOcalaFL383801942YesNoNo009969314.9
402531073Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University ProgramDetroitMI3819192340YesNoNo13120099812.4
400421013University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine ProgramLittle RockAR3625114915YesYesNo131311101615.8
403521113SUNY Upstate Medical University ProgramSyracuseNY362972143YesNoNo111133111412.6
402111056Louisiana State University (Shreveport) ProgramShreveportLA3519165016YesNoNo880094614.7
403321087Rutgers Health/New Jersey Medical School ProgramNewarkNJ342954718YesNoNo66101096112.5
403521093University at Buffalo ProgramBuffaloNY332583829YesYesNo121200101416.4
400500031HCA Healthcare Riverside ProgramRiversideCA312563831NoNoNo8800011.7
402631075University of Minnesota ProgramMinneapolisMN276216112YesNoNo990011129.7
403821125University of Toledo ProgramToledoOH252056015YesNoYes55009406.3
403511101Maimonides Medical Center ProgramBrooklynNY242133045YesYesYes00101097517.6
401621043Rush University Medical Center ProgramChicagoIL232124631YesYes161644165518.4
403521110SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University ProgramBrooklynNY237163641YesNoNo131344120211.7
402112055Ochsner Clinic Foundation ProgramNew OrleansLA211926712YesNoNo111100107111.5
403500183Nuvance Health ProgramPoughkeepsieNY211476414Yes66008697.4
403311195Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/Cooper University Hospital ProgramCamdenNJ202004040YesNoNo55009609.1
402431070UMass Chan Medical School ProgramWorcesterMA186122953YesNoNo881111678
402500207McLaren Health Care/Oakland/MSU ProgramPontiacMI181801864NoNoNo33006174.9
402711077University of Mississippi Medical Center ProgramJacksonMS171436816YesNoNo88228809
402812080University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine ProgramKansas CityMO174134638YesNoNo660091310.9
403321089St Joseph's University Medical Center ProgramPatersonNJ171343943YesYesNo008890310.9
402411060Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ProgramBostonMA16115821YesYesNo121266135117
403521167Albany Medical Center ProgramAlbanyNY161603648NoNoNo660010125.9
403821119Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOH165115331YesNoNo151500169812.1
403300196Hackensack University Medical Center ProgramHackensackNJ151504638NoNoNo3300880
401611046Loyola University Medical Center ProgramMaywoodIL14864442YesNoNo131311139012.8
403100001HCA Healthcare Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education ProgramLas VegasNV141402462NoNoNo88006216.6
401721048Indiana University School of Medicine ProgramIndianapolisIN12845930YesNoNo442323125213.4
403500182Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell ProgramManhassetNY1284808YesYesYes6600102015.8
404931157University of Utah Health ProgramSalt Lake CityUT1266844YesNoNo101055108414
402621076Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) ProgramRochesterMN1129845YesYesYes121288111314.8
403521181Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNY1156890YesYesYes111166115318.9
401821049University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ProgramIowa CityIA10287218YesYesNo15150092413.7
401922051University of Kansas (Wichita) ProgramWichitaKS101004545YesNoNo55007759.5
402211057Maine Medical Center ProgramPortlandME10554050YesNoNo88119679.4
403511111University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNY1055829YesNoNo161600125011.1
403822120Cleveland Clinic Foundation ProgramClevelandOH10375832YesYesYes222200145114.5
404831152University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ProgramHoustonTX9636230YesNoNo262611144920.4
402400071Lahey Clinic ProgramBurlingtonMA844920YesNoNo880086710.1
402811081Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium ProgramSt LouisMO817884YesNoNo191911118615.4
403511108Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside/West) ProgramNew YorkNY8808012YesYesYes131322128916.4
400821030Yale-New Haven Medical Center ProgramNew HavenCT734930YesYesYes212111158918
402321058Johns Hopkins University ProgramBaltimoreMD7168112YesNoNo002524113816.8
402431064Massachusetts General Hospital ProgramBostonMA707921YesYesYes262622140411
400521014University of California Davis Health ProgramSacramentoCA642932YesNoNo14140095717.7
402021052University of Kentucky College of Medicine ProgramLexingtonKY6336132YesNoNo161600120514.7
402811078University of Missouri-Columbia ProgramColumbiaMO6606133NoNoNo44118523.1
403211083Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital ProgramLebanonNH6608410YesNoYes772184816.8
403521105Westchester Medical Center ProgramValhallaNY6336926YesYesNo101000101610.9
403521106NYU Grossman School of Medicine ProgramNew YorkNY642912YesNoNo003030107148.6
400500027Riverside University Health System ProgramMoreno ValleyCA550590NoNoNo550077112.1
401611044University of Chicago ProgramChicagoIL550915YesYesNo121288146016
402131168Tulane University ProgramNew OrleansLA5056432NoNoNo660010627.9
403811123Ohio State University Hospital ProgramColumbusOH505888YesNoNo161621137021.5
400521015University of California (Irvine) ProgramOrangeCA440960YesNoNo12120097514.7
401221037Emory University School of Medicine ProgramAtlantaGA404960YesNoNo884411847.3
401611041University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago ProgramChicagoIL4227620YesNo141411159610.7
403621114University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNC4228511YesNoNo121266148910.5
404821147University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ProgramDallasTX440915NoNoNo171755142813.4
400321012University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson ProgramTucsonAZ3036038YesNoNo00141484514.2
403011082University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine ProgramOmahaNE3308413YesYesNo883385015.3
403631115Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNC303970YesYesYes15150014449.7
400521019Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA220962YesYesNo141400102419.5
400521020UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA220971YesYesYes272700103111.4
402421066Brigham and Women's Hospital ProgramBostonMA202980YesYesYes181888140113.4
404821155University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine ProgramSan AntonioTX2026533YesNoNo1616111121
400521018University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA110963YesNoNo18180098321
403521098New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY110990YesNoNo181822130217.2
403521104Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Mount Sinai Hospital) ProgramNew YorkNY101990YesYesYes262600120111.8
404831150Baylor College of Medicine ProgramHoustonTX110927YesNoNo14148813807.8
400121010University of Alabama Medical Center ProgramBirminghamAL0009010NoYesNo212100109621.6
400331197Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Arizona) ProgramPhoenixAZ0YesYesYes44229797
400500028Kaweah Delta Health Care District (KDHCD) ProgramVisaliaCA0001981YesNoNo44005678.1
400500030St Joseph's Medical Center ProgramStocktonCA0YesNoYes88000
400511026Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center ProgramTorranceCA000937YesNoNo990090117.3
400521006Naval Medical Center (San Diego) ProgramSan DiegoCA0
400521016Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium ProgramLoma LindaCA0001000141400967
400521022University of California (San Diego) Medical Center ProgramSan DiegoCA0001000YesNoNo00181895111.2
400521023University of California (San Francisco) ProgramSan FranciscoCA0001000YesNoNo10101616107418.6
400521025Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University ProgramStanfordCA0001000YesYesNo14141616112617.5
400721028University of Colorado ProgramAuroraCO000973YesYesNo441414152210.4
401621042McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University ProgramChicagoIL0YesYesYes151599131711.6
401911050University of Kansas School of Medicine ProgramKansas CityKS0006634NoYesNo11112299410.2
402021053University of Louisville School of Medicine ProgramLouisvilleKY0007129YesNoNo11110011009.6
402131199Louisiana State University ProgramNew OrleansLA0001000YesNoNo770097517.5
402311059University of Maryland ProgramBaltimoreMD0001000YesNoYes8888117529.5
402500001McLaren Health Care Corporation ProgramFlintMI0
402500208McLaren Health Care/Greater Lansing/MSU ProgramLansingMI0001388NoNoNo44006919.4
402513202Beaumont Health (Royal Oak) ProgramRoyal OakMI0006338YesYesYes66009466.7
402521071University of Michigan Health System ProgramAnn ArborMI0008911YesNoNo272700145115.1
402821166St Louis University School of Medicine ProgramSt. LouisMO0003367YesNoNo10100011237.9
403312085Rutgers Health/Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center ProgramLivingstonNJ0NoNoNo00000
403500184New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital ProgramNew YorkNY0YesYesNo4400517
403511102New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital ProgramBrooklynNY0YesNoNo
403511107New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY0001000YesNoNo262600119124.9
403521170Stony Brook Medicine/University Hospital ProgramStony BrookNY000928NoNoNo11110099611.3
403621116Wake Forest University School of Medicine ProgramWinston-SalemNC0008812YesNoNo14140013479.7
403800175OhioHealth/Doctors Hospital ProgramColumbusOH0NoNoNo22007324
403800176Kettering Health Network ProgramDaytonOH000991NoNoNo33006747.3
403800177Cleveland Clinic Foundation/South Pointe Hospital ProgramWarrensville HeightsOH0000100YesYesYes33007275.9
403821118University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine ProgramCincinnatiOH0005941YesNoNo8800114914.6
403900129Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences ProgramTulsaOK0000100NoNoNo33005513.1
403921128University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center ProgramOklahoma CityOK0009010YesNoNo12120077620.2
404021129Oregon Health & Science University ProgramPortlandOR000964YesYesYes131300126211.2
404100001UPMC Medical Education (Harrisburg) ProgramHarrisburgPA00
404821091San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium ProgramFort Sam HoustonTX0005545NoNoNo
404821156Texas A&M College of Medicine-Scott and White Medical Center (Temple) ProgramTempleTX0007822YesNoNo101000102410.9
405011158University of Vermont Medical Center ProgramBurlingtonVT0007921YesNoNo660090611.3

Concluding Thoughts

Anesthesiology is not very IMG-friendly among US medical specialties. However, with 42% of IMG applicants being accepted, it is clear that competitive international grads still have a chance to match even the most competitive specialties.

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