Sunday 10 June 2012

Best states to apply for anesthesia residency for IMGs

This is a continuation of the series of articles which seeks to investigate which states are international medical graduate (IMG) friendly. The concept of IMG friendliness has been around for a long time and has come to denote places or programs which tends have a portion of foreign medical graduates as residents. The following article deals with anesthesia residency only and the reader is directed to the main page of the subsection if they want to read about other specialties. Anesthesia belongs to a family of specialties that has shown accelerated growth as far as increase in residency spots, which is why it becomes imperative to apply wisely and choose places well. 
The states have been listed on the abscissa and include the all continental US states and the percentage of IMGs in the state are depicted on the ordinate. The data is compiled from NRMP, results and data section. You can click on the image to zoom in.

Fig 1: IMG friendly states and anesthesia residency: Source NRMP

Given below is a list of Top 10 worst states for an applicant seeking anesthesia residency and excludes the common obvious choices like Alaska, Hawaii etc.
  1. Wyoming
  2. South Dakota
  3. Oregon
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Idaho
  6. New Jersey
  7. Colorado
  8. Mississippi
  9. Kansas
  10. Georgia
The reason I have included the ones listed above, because they are states where foreign graduates still tend to apply. Also, remember some states have only one university, which may not have post graduate psychiatry training, and therefore get delegated lower on the list.

Top 10 Best states for an applicant seeking Anesthesia residency are,
  1. Connecticut
  2. Nebraska
  3. West Virginia
  4. Arkansas
  5. Indiana
  6. Michigan
  7. Illinois
  8. Virginia
  9. Iowa
  10. Minnesota
Ohio came in at number 11 and Missouri came in at 12.

It is interesting to note that this specialty shows a steep drop between position 1 and 3 and a gradual drop from there to midway through the list.  The implication of such finding is that overall, because the area under the curve (AUC) is smaller, the specialty is not very IMG friendly compared to other branches like FM or pediatrics.  
Caveat: The caveat remains the same, remember these are percentages and can be influence by individual number of spots. however, this list will help curb unnecessary spending and save money in application costs by informing the applicant of those states, which have low or none foreign trained residents at the same time, enhancing the chances of matching by applying to the correct states. Go back to the main page of this section to check out other specialties. If you want to receive updates and stay in touch join on Facebook or follow me on Twitter!

1 comment:

  1. this is very very interesting being that the only two anesthesia programs in CT are Yale and UCONN...obviously, two "name brand" programs...i have a feeling that this is just statistics playing tricks on us...


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