Neurosurgery Residency Program applications are received through the Electronic Residency Application Service, ERAS. All applications must be fully completed and uploaded into ERAS no later than the Oct. 1 deadline, the year prior to admission. Once all applications are reviewed, the Neurosurgery Residency Selection Committee selects approximately 40 applicants to interview. Once the selections have been made, the department will contact each applicant, notifying them if they have or have not been chosen to interview.
Notification of appointment into the program is made by National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in mid-March. Each year, the program matches a total of three residents. Once the match has been completed, incoming residents will begin training at the end of June-beginning of July.
Selection and ranking of applicants is based on the following criteria:
- Demonstration of intellectual and clinical ability, evident by class standing, scores on the USMLE Step I and II, and participation in research during medical school
- Evidence of emotional maturity, stability, and a strong sense of responsibility
- Letters of recommendation
- Completed ERAS application by the Oct. 1 deadline- applications that are not completed by deadline will not be submitted for review
International Medical Graduate Application Requirements
International graduates must meet the requirements established by the Office of Graduate Medical Education at Baylor College of Medicine, as set by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and Immigration Services. They will also need to contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for information regarding the paperwork process for students and graduates of foreign medical schools. Baylor College of Medicine requires international medical graduates to meet the terms for an Institutional Permit, as outlined by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and have the documents necessary for a J-1 visa.
Baylor College of Medicine’s Neurosurgery interview season consists of three interview days during the months of November, December, and January. Once they have received an invitation, applicants will be able to choose which interview dates they would like to attend in order of preference. For the current academic year, the three interview dates are as follows:
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
- Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
One of the strengths of the program’s interview day process is that it allows applicants to gain a better knowledge of the program in both a formal and informal setting. Applicants will be invited to attend a casual dinner at one of the highly-rated restaurants in the Texas Medical Center, where they will be able to visit with the current residents. This dinner is offered as a way for applicants to get to know more about the residents, the program, and life in Houston in a more laid-back setting. The dinners are always held the Tuesday evening before the interview day.
To start the interview day off, applicants will be invited to the departmental grand rounds conference, where they will be able to enjoy a nice breakfast and observe three case presentations given by the three chief residents at their given hospitals. Once conference is complete, the applicants will be get the chance to meet both the program director and department chair, and view presentations from both regarding the program, life in Houston, etc.
Once the conference is complete, applicants will be split into two groups for their first set of interviews. One half of the applicants will be sent to interview with all of the Baylor College of Medicine faculty members at the Baylor facilities, and the other half will be sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center facilities where they will interview with all of the MD Anderson Neurosurgery faculty members.
After the morning interview session, applicants will attend a lunch with the residents as well as select faculty members. During the lunch break, applicants will be given a tour of our world-renowned facilities (including the surgical, clinical, research, and academic). Once the lunch break is complete, the applicants will be split once again and sent to interview at the facility in which they did not interview in the morning. Once the afternoon session of interviews have been completed, applicants will be free to go and their interview date will be successfully completed!