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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 September 20 , however, it is strongly recommended that candidates submit the application early. We offer one 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:

  • USMLE scores
  • Medical school performance
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation: One from the applicant's medical school chair of neurosurgery, and at least two other attending neurosurgeons
  • Publications
  • Extracurricular interests


Most applications are reviewed in September and October, and the most qualified applicants are invited for interview. We typically hold four interview sessions in November, December and January. Sessions consist of an evening dinner with residents, followed on the subsequent morning with presentations from the program director, tours of the medical center, and in-person interviews with the faculty. Lunch is provided and the day concludes by early afternoon.

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.

Upcoming interview schedule

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Friday, January 3, 2020

Second looks

After the formal interview process, applicants who wish to obtain a more in-depth assessment may wish to return for a day of shadowing within the program. Second looks are welcome but are not required and do not factor into the ranking process. For more information, please contact the program coordinator.

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