Match 2022 Virtual Interviewing Resources

We will continue to host interviews virtually for Match 2022.

Please see below for resources from our previous Virtual Match events. We'll update this page with resources to take you through the 2022 Match Process.

Our virtual open house provided an overview of our residency program and learner opportunities, as well as information about our virtual interview process. 

View the Zoom recording.

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Recorded Fall 2020: Dr. Norah Naughton, senior associate chair for education and residency program director, and Dr. Emily Peoples, associate program director and internship director, spoke with ASA Medical Student Group President-Elect Abigail Schirmer about our residency program and how to navigate the virtual interview process. 

Watch the interview
Download the audio file

How many intern and CA-1 positions are available?

For Match 2022, we will be offering 27 Categorical-C positions. These are 4-year positions where the entirety of your anesthesia training is completed at the University of Michigan, beginning in the PGY-1 (intern) year and continuing on for the PGY-2 to PGY-4 years (CA-1 to CA-3). 

We are not offering any Physician-R (CA-1) positions. 

What changes are you making to the interview process for Match 2022? What will your interview day look like?

Our interview process for Match 2022 will be completely virtual for all applicants. We will be using Zoom as our platform. Each applicant will be able to choose a half-day interview session occurring in either the morning or afternoon. Interviews will be offered on select Tuesdays and Thursdays from October through January.

You will have four interviews with members of our Recruitment Committee: a senior education leader, two faculty, and a resident. As part of the interview session, you will also have the opportunity to interact with residents who will be available to answer questions about the program and give an insider perspective of what life is like as a Michigan anesthesia resident.

How can I best prepare for an online interview?

  • Optimize your interview space by setting up an area that is quiet and free of distractions with a neutral background. Alternatively, you can use a virtual background if provided by the program, but these can be distracting and cause you to be partially unseen.
    • Make sure there is an outlet accessible so that you can remain plugged in if using a laptop.
    • Choose a comfortable chair that will allow you to sit for long periods without physical fatigue that could impact interview performance.
    • If you are not able to set up a suitable interview space at home, check with your medical school or faculty mentors for an available office or other workspace.
  • Download the virtual interview software and become facile with the technology and options.
    • Verify the default name that appears on your profile is accurate when you log in.
    • Learn how to mute and unmute, including any keyboard shortcuts.
    • Learn how to pause and resume your video feed.
  • Do a practice interview with a peer to check your audio output, microphone, video framing, and lighting.
    • Elevate your computer on a box or stand to adjust the camera height and angle if necessary to make the camera at eye level.
    • Check your lighting during different times of day, ensuring the major source of light is not coming from behind you creating a silhouette where your face is not readily visible. Test your entire interview look, including attire and glasses if applicable, for any potential distractions to the interviewer.
    • Decide on the best place to keep paper and pen for handwritten notes.
  • Review all materials distributed by the program before the interview begins.
  • Verify that your phone number in ERAS is accurate so it can be used as an alternate method of communication in case you have a technical problem during a scheduled interview time. Similarly, have contact information available for the program so you can reach out for contingency planning.
  • Between interviewers and during breaks, be sure to stand up and stretch. 
  • Get a good night’s sleep, take a deep breath to relax, and enjoy learning about all of the wonderful opportunities and programs available!

I’m not from Michigan or the Midwest. How can I make my interest in the program clear?

We interview applicants from all across the country and match residents in a nationwide distribution every year as well. That being said, there is a limitation to the number of applicants a program can select to interview, as well as limitations on your time to participate in interviews. If you really want to interview at a program that is in a different geographic area than your current and previous locations as visible in your ERAS application, we encourage you to customize your personal statement indicating your interest in the desired program.

Does the residency program have a rotation in international health?

Is there a minimum Step score for consideration?

We believe in a holistic review of applicants, with a special emphasis on demonstrated competencies in leadership, community service, academic success, research, and potential to positively impact the field of anesthesiology in the future. Applicants selected to interview have passed Step 1 and Step 2 on first attempt.

Are there opportunities for professional development in medical education, hospital administration, or research?

Yes, there are four structured programs at Michigan Medicine or within our department for which the residency supports and sponsors Anesthesiology residents selected for admission: Community of Medical Educators in Training (COMET), Healthcare Administration Scholars Program (HASP), Healthcare Equity and Quality Scholars Program (HEQSP), and our Clinician-Scientist Translational Anesthesiology Research (C-STAR) programs.

I've been selected for an interview. How can I sign and return the required forms?

We accept electronic signatures for our required documents. This helpful guide can walk you through how to sign PDFs without printing and scanning using: Windows, Mac, iPhone or iPad, Android or Chrome. If you need additional assistance, please call us at 734-936-4277.

 

Zoom tips for medical students

All U-M Anesthesiology Residency Program interviews will take place on the Zoom platform for Match 2021. Although you are likely quite facile with Zoom and its many features (and can probably teach us a thing or two!), below we offer some tips and tricks to optimize your interview experience:

  • Pick your location. We know home life has become much more lively for many during COVID-19 with housemates and family all trying to carve out a space for virtual learning and working. As best as you can, choose a quiet spot free from distractions with good lighting and a reliable internet connection. You may want to check with your medical school to see if you can reserve a room on campus. 

  • Test your technology. You’ve probably spent more than a few hours on Zoom already. But if not, sign in to familiarize yourself with the platform. Prior to the interview, check to make sure your speakers and microphone are working correctly.

  • Give your full attention to the interview. Act as though you are interviewing in person. You wouldn’t scroll through your phone or check a text message during an in-person interview, so don’t allow for these distractions virtually either — double check that you’ve turned off notifications on your computer and muted your phone before you start. 

  • Be an engaged listener. It can be tough to connect virtually. Be sure to look directly into the camera and provide nonverbal communication (nodding your head, smiling when appropriate) when the other person is speaking. If you’re using double monitors: Run Zoom on the screen that’s connected to your camera so that you’re looking at your camera when you’re looking at the other person on Zoom.

  • Don’t panic if something goes wrong. While we have prepared diligently to deliver a smooth interviewing experience, we recognize that there may be technical difficulties to contend with for any number of reasons; we appreciate your patience if we encounter any snags! We are here to help should you encounter any challenges and are available to troubleshoot as needed.