Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery
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How to Apply

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program; therefore, applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 30, and three positions are filled every year. For all technical questions, contact ERAS.

The Department of Neurological Surgery accepts all applicants regardless of citizenship. The screening process does not include or exclude applicants based upon gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, ethnicity or other variables.

Interview Process

Interviews will be held between November and January, once applications have been completed and reviewed. For an application to be considered complete, the dean’s letter and three letters of recommendation must be on file by the program deadline. Although a subinternship in neurosurgery at Northwestern is not a requirement, it is strongly encouraged for applicants who are interested in our program. Please keep in mind that many of our faculty are on vacation in August and our educational activities, including Grand Rounds, are suspended for the month.  As such, doing a subinternship in August will provide a less than ideal experience and is therefore discouraged.

2019-2020 Residency Interview Dates

Our interviews are on Fridays and start at 8 a.m. on November 15, December 6, and December 13.

Invited interviewees should plan to arrive the day before. A dinner with the current residents is planned for Thursday at 7 p.m. the night prior to your interview. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax, mingle, and interact with our current residents. Additional information is provided at the time of the invitation to interview.

Contact Us

For questions regarding our residency program, please contact Nate Arnold at 312-695-6283.

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Program Aims

Northwestern University’s Neurosurgical Residency Training Program aims to train the next generation of leaders in American Neurosurgery. We do this by providing an educational curriculum designed to provide our trainees with the necessary clinical opportunities and didactic resources in order to comprehensively master the fundamentals of modern neurosurgery. We also provide sufficient flexibility for our trainees to pursue their own interests both within and related to neurosurgery during the elective years of the training program. Together, these opportunities facilitate the development of future leaders in the field of neurosurgery.

Minimum Position Requirement

Trainees should expect and be capable of the following minimum position requirements:

  1. Taking in-house call for a duration of time not to exceed 24 hours of clinical responsibility with an additional four hours of non-clinical time in order to sufficiently and safely transition patient care.
  2. Provide team-based clinical coverage to busy adult and pediatric neurosurgical inpatient services.
  3. Participating in surgical procedures requiring, at times, prolonged periods of standing.
  4. Interacting professionally with all members of the neurosurgery team as well as a diverse range of other medical team members.
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