Frequently Asked Questions
How many Advanced and Categorical Positions does the University of Utah Anesthesia Program offer?
- The University of Utah Department of Anesthesia will offer 4 Advanced Positions, 10 Categorical Positions, and 1 Physician Only Position. 5 Categorical positions will be with Intermountain Medical Center, and the other 5 Categorical positions will be with the U of U Internal Medicine Program. Physician Only positions are for applicants who have already completed a PGY1 year.
If I apply for Advanced Positions, are there PGY1 intern year programs available in Utah?
- Applicants applying to the Advanced program are required to also secure a separate PGY1 position. Individual PGY1 programs in Salt Lake City are offered by the Transitional year at Intermountain Medical Center. Applications must be sent to this program separately from the application to the Anesthesiology Program. The Anesthesiology Program communicates with these other programs during interview season.
What NRMP numbers should I use to rank to the University of Utah Anesthesia programs?
- Advanced (4 positions): NRMP# 1732040A0
IMC Categorical (5 positions): NRMP# 1732040C0
U of U Internal Medicine Categorical (5 positions): NRMP# 1732040C1
Physician only (1 position): NRMP# 1732040R0
I had heard that you don’t interview applicants without Utah ties.
- We seek to attract and match students who represent the highest in academic and technical achievement, the warmest humanistic qualities, and the broad diversity of this country. Given the highly desirable quality of life in the Intermountain West, we do have many applicants who have a prior association with this region. In the last 8 years we have matched applicants from medical schools in 33 states.
If I am chosen to interview for a residency position, who will I be interviewing with?
- You will be interviewed by the Program Director, the Chair, and 2 additional members of the faculty who are closely involved with the residency program.
How does the University of Utah approach wellness?
- The University of Utah takes the wellness of our residents and fellows in all programs very seriously. This is evident by the implementation of the GME Wellness Program, and the Resiliency Center focused on providing trainees and their families the support they need during training. Some of the programs offered include: confidential counseling provided by accredited clinicians, workshops on stress reduction through mindfulness, and child care options. More details can be found at the following links:
What housing is available in the Salt Lake Valley?
- The Salt Lake City area is growing and housing options are continually being added to the neighborhoods surrounding the University and beyond. Properties for rent to University of Utah Residents and Fellows may be found on the Partners In Medicine/Utah webpage: http://homes.utahpim.com/
What is commuting and parking like at the University?
- The University of Utah offers its’ employees free access to all UTA public transportation. All public busses, Trax and Frontrunner trains are free to use with your Employee ID. For those who drive, a new covered parking structure has been built and spaces have been reserved solely for resident use. Residents receive a discounted rate on parking permits in this structure. Most parking structures are a short 5 to 7 minute walk from the hospital. Many of our Residents and Faculty ride their bike to work. We are a bike friendly city and campus.
Do Anesthesia residents receive any additional benefits?
- In addition to institutional sponsored benefits, residents in the Anesthesia Department receive stipends to help pay for educational materials, monthly internet bills, and attendance at specialty meetings. Residents also receive Department purchased textbooks, phones, and MacBooks
What is life in Utah like?
- Living in Utah is not for everyone. Read below to find out if it is for you.
Utah is great for people that love to be outdoors in the spring and summer time because there is easy access to beautiful hikes and vistas, great mountain bike trails, lakes, water sports, fishing, hunting, and pretty much any other summer activity you can think of. The lack of humidity makes these activities even more enjoyable.
Utah is also great for people that love to be outdoors in the late fall and winter time because there is easy access to world-class skiing and snowboarding, and all other snow activities in the best snow on earth.
Utah is also great for those who love to be indoors, because, well, we have indoors here too. And a lot of indoor activities: several large art museums, various cultural museums, many performing arts and festivals, and great restaurants.
Utah is also a great place to live for people who enjoy sporting events as it is home to professional sports teams in basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey, as well as top notch college football and other sports. And golfing is really affordable here too.
Whatever you’re into, there’s probably a lot of it in Utah. Are you into LARPing, civil war re-enactment, Comic-con, concerts, food blogging, gardening, or anything else? Chances are, people do that in Utah.
What does Utah not have? The ocean.
So in conclusion, living in Utah is actually for almost everyone.
How do I access the Altus Suite assessments
- All applicants applying to the Anesthesiology Residency Program at the University of Utah are required to complete Altus Suite to assist with our selection process for the 2021/22 application cycle.
Altus Suite is a standardized, three-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and priorities that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process
Altus Suite consists of:
- Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test
- Snapshot: 10-minute one-way video interview with standardized questions
- Duet: 15-minute value-alignment assessment
How to complete Altus Suite
- In order to take Altus Suite, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Altus Suite:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
- Working webcam
- Working microphone
- Reliable high-speed internet connection
- Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for CSP-20101 - U.S. Graduate Medical Education, under your specific country, and register using your <student identifier> and a piece of government-issued photo ID.
- Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule.
- Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended.
- Ensure you have selected <insert program name> for distribution before the posted distribution deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up-to-date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on TakeAltus.com.
- You may complete Snapshot and Duet any time after you have registered for your Casper test at www.TakeAltus.com, until the earliest program distribution deadline as shown on the Dates and Fees page.
- Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website.
Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for Altus Suite, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here.