To physicians the beginning of July, it means a state of transition and time to reflect. To those in teaching programs, it means graduation of residents, the onboarding of new ones and changing roles for those still in training. Often, for those not in training programs, it means new associates who just finished residency or fellowship and are now joining the practice
Some facts about anesthesiology residents who started yesterday:
- In 2009, there were 1,348 new anesthesiology residents starting July 1. In 2018, there will be 1,803. A 34% increase.
- In 2009, there were 1,110 M.D. residents entering, and that number is essentially the same this year with 1,121.
- Where is the difference?
- 101 to 297 D.O. residents entering the system. Much of this is due to the changes of the ACGME and AOA and the osteopathic and allopathic program lines merging.
- The number of international medical graduates (IMGs), both non-U.S. IMGs and U.S. IMGs, went from a total of 137 in 2009 to 385 in 2018.
On that note, welcome to the almost 2,000 new residents entering our specialty. It’s important that you are active and engaged anesthesiologists committed to advancing the practice and securing the future.