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The Department of Anesthesiology accepts applications via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

The following documents should accompany the ERAS application:

  • Personal Statement
  • Dean's Letter
  • Transcript
  • Three additional letters of recommendation from US clinical attendings
  • USMLE Scores

Graduation from medical school within the last 3 years is preferred. At least one letter of recommendation by an Anesthesiologist is required and two are preferred.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • ECFMG Certificate
  • Graduation from medical school within the last 3 years
  • 240 or better USMLE steps I & II within first attempt
  • Visas H-1 sponsorship may be available for outstanding candidates

International applicants must be certified prior to any interview. US clinical experience is preferred (observerships do not meet this requirement). Successful completion of USMLE step III is required before entering clinical training.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your program application deadline?
Early application is best, but our deadline is 11/1/2019.
Do you have a year of graduation limit as I graduated more than 5 years ago?
We do not have a defined limit. Experiences will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Do you have a minimal “cut off” step 1 score?
Our recommended score is 220, although we do review every application and many experience points will be considered, we do not automatically filter by test scores.
What about USMLE Step 2CK minimum scores?
220 is our suggested minimum, though no one is filtered out of view based on test scores, all applications are considered.
Is there an attempt limit on Step 2 CS?
Generally, one attempt.
By time of application, do I need to have Step 2 CS in hand?
No, but you can’t start until you have that data, so it is good to have and that information should be added to your ERAS application when it is available. You will also need this to get an ECMFG certificate.
Do you sponsor H1 visas?
Not at this time.
Do you accept J1 visa?
Yes, but no moonlighting is allowed.
How many total residents are in your program?
88 as of the 2019 academic year.
Do you accept IMG at your program?
What is the number of International Medical Graduates in your program?
10 as of the 2019 academic year.
Is there a required USCE duration for applying to your program and is it mandatory for application to be reviewed?
There is no required duration of US clinical experience to apply to begin as a PGY1.
By time of application, do you need me to have my ECFMG certificate in hand?

No, but you do need it to interview, and you do need it for the visa, and to be matched.

Please see the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates resources listing for further information.


We conduct interviews on Thursdays and Fridays during the months of October, November and December. We begin arranging interview dates in September.


We are happy to arrange a complimentary one-night stay for you at hotels that have been pre-selected for your convenience. A group dinner, arranged and provided by the Department of Anesthesiology, will be included as part of your schedule on the evening prior to your interview. On interview day, we provide a light breakfast, and lunch.

We appreciate that candidates may choose to select a hotel outside of our preferred list, or may elect to add expenses beyond the cost of the room to their overnight stay; however, please understand that these costs are unable to be reimbursed by MCW.

We look forward to welcoming you to Milwaukee!

Getting to MCW


You’ll find that navigating Milwaukee is quite easy compared to many other major cities, and getting to and from our airport is no different! General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is just a 20-minute drive from the MCW campus. If flying through Chicago is more convenient for you, O’Hare is approximately 80 minutes away, and Chicago Midway is about two hours.

View more information about Mitchell International Airport.


Interviews take place at the Froedtert Pavilion building, which is adjacent to both the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

The best address to use for navigating to the Pavilion building is:
8750 William Coffey Dr., Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Please enter the building at the Froedtert Pavilion Entrance/Door No. 39.


The Pavilion Building parking lot is Parking 4, a surface lot located on the corner of 87th St. and William Coffey Dr. There is no ticket required to park.

View a campus map, including parking areas (PDF)

2019 Interview Day Sample Schedule

7:30 am
Arrival at MCW Campus
7:45 am
Welcome from the Anesthesiology Department
8:00-11:00 am
Individual interviews with Anesthesiology faculty, tour of clinical areas
11:00 AM-12:00 pm
Explore Milwaukee on a guided bus tour
12:15-1:30 pm
Lunch & presentation by Dr. Cynthia Lien, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and interim Program Director
1:30-1:45 pm
Thank you & conclusion of interview day