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Each year, there are one to two positions in the Department of Neurosurgery residency program filled through the Neurological Surgery Matching Program. Though it is an integrated program with the Department of General Surgery, applicants are still required to participate in the NRMP application process.

We only accept applications for our residency program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application system. Information on how to apply and criteria for the applications can be obtained from their web site.

For all technical questions, contact ERAS. In the event that your question is not addressed in the MyERAS help section, or it cannot be answered by your designated dean's office, visit Application Process Guideline for detailed information about the ERAS process and Using MyERAS for information on how to use MyERAS.

You can also email MyERAS at To expedite responses to your questions, please:

Be sure to include:
  • Your name
  • Your AAMC ID
  • Your designated dean's office
  • Your return email address

Responses to requests received without this information may be delayed.

Be very specific when describing your problem. Include:

  • Exact wording of error messages (cut and paste if possible)
  • Information about the type of computer being used (manufacturer, processor, amount of RAM, available hard disk space)
  • The operating system (e.g., Windows 2000, Windows XP)
Interview Process

Each application received from the Neurological Surgery Matching Program is reviewed by the program director, an attending and a resident who have been selected for this process.

Applications are screened with attention paid to:

  • Performance during the preclinical and clinical years
  • USMLE 1 exam scores
  • USLME 2 exam scores when available
  • Dean's letters
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities


The application deadline will be Friday October 19th.

The screening process does not consider gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, ethnic origin, economic status, surname, veteran status or place of residence. 

The residency coordinator notifies each applicant selected by email. Dates for interviews are provided in the email. Candidates should notify the residency coordinator of their desired interview date either by email or phone.

Interviews are conducted on Thursdays from approximately 7 a.m. to  6 p.m., followed by a small reception. The day will consist of interviews with the attendings, a tour of the institution, lunch with our residents and resident teaching conferences.

Shortly after the final interviews, the department attendings and residents will meet to review the candidates and determine the rank list order.


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