How to Apply

We participate in the application process through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), and the annual match each spring through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The application deadline is October 1; however, it is strongly recommended that candidates submit the application early. We offer 1 position per year at the PGY-1 level.

Applicants are selected for interview based on academic performance, accomplishments, intelligence, motivation, interpersonal skill, and character. Some of the factors used to assess each applicant include:

  • A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation: 1 from the applicant's medical school chair of neurosurgery, and at least 2 other attending neurosurgeons
  • Extracurricular interests
  • Medical school performance
  • Publications
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores


We are conducting interviews virtually via Webex. Applications will be reviewed in October and November with the most qualified applications being invited to interview. We will be holding 2 interview days, 1 in December and 1 in January.

Candidates are ultimately ranked based on their overall fit for the program. In addition to clinical potential and scholastic motivation, it is essential that residents in this program have excellent interpersonal skills, along with an ability to collaborate in small groups.

Match Communication Code of Conduct

We follow the NRMP guidelines for the Match process. We will not contact you but are happy to hear from you and to answer questions you may have that are not answered during the application and interview process.

Benefits and policies

For an overview of benefits available to residents, please visit the residents and fellows benefits page.

The residents and fellows policy and procedure manual outlines all basic institutional regulations governing residency and fellowship positions within Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and is considered part of the Residents and Fellows Agreement of Appointment.

Please read the following important GME policies before your interview:

Diversity and inclusion

Our program strongly supports and promotes the Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Dartmouth Health missions on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Please see the following links for additional information: