Applicant Information

General Information

Through the combined efforts of a nationally recognized faculty and exemplary staff, we provide personal attention to each of our residents and resident applicants.

We require an application through ERAS. ERAS is a service that transmits applications, letters of recommendation (LoRs), Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, COMLEX transcripts, three letters of recommendation by neurosurgery attendings, and other supporting credentials from you and your designated dean's office to program directors using the Internet. ERAS consists of MyERAS (the Web site where you create your application), the Dean's Office Workstation (DWS), the Program Director's Workstation (PDWS), and the ERAS PostOffice. To learn more information, please visit: http://www.aamc.org/students/eras/about/start.htm

We require a minimum USMLE score of 220 and three letters of recommendation. There is no requirement regarding length of time since medical school graduation.

For information on applying to our program, or to obtain the proper forms, contact Program Coordinator Melanie Zandvoort at (585) 276-5655 or melanie_zandvoort@urmc.rochester.edu


International Applicants

It is the responsibility of the individual to secure the proper visa. The only acceptable status is an ECFMG sponsored J-1 visa. We also recognize "green cards." University of Rochester policy does not permit H-1 or H-1b visas.

If you have any questions regarding visas, please contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at (585) 275-4607. For information regarding ECFMG certification, visit the ECFMG website at http://www.ecfmg.org

Visiting Medical Students

We strongly encourage applicants to consider a Neurosurgery subinternship at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  While on service, subinterns participate in every aspect of the program, including morning rounds, sign in rounds, conferences, assisting in the O.R., and taking call in tandem with a Neurosurgery resident to learn about the assessment and care of acutely ill patients.  At the beginning of the rotation, subinterns are oriented to the service and to important learning objectives by the Chief Resident and Program Director.  At the end of the rotation, subinterns are expected to participate in conference through a short presentation on a topic of Neurosurgical interest.

A strong point of our subinternship is the opportunity to focus your activities on patient assessment and acquisition of surgical experience in the operating room.


Below are several questions and answers that may be helpful to the student interested in our program.

How do I apply for my subinternship at the University of Rochester?
All students interested in applying for a subinternship at the University of Rochester Department of Neurosurgery will need to apply directly to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Applications are accepted through the Visiting Student Application Service, VSAS.  To apply to our school, please complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates.

For more information on VSAS, please visit www.aamc.org/vsas or contact VSAS at vsas@aamc.org or (202) 478-9878.

For more information on our visiting student electives, please contact Monique Williams, Assistant Registrar monique_williams@urmc.rochester.edu or visit our website at http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/education/registrar/visiting-students.cfm

Once you have registered for the Neurosurgery elective, you may contact our Residency Coordinator, Melanie Zandvoort at 585- 276-5655 or by email at melanie_zandvoort@urmc.rochester.edu

How long are rotations at the University of Rochester?
Rotations are for 2-4 weeks.

What are the costs to me to do a subinternship at the University of Rochester?
There is a University of Rochester application fee of $100 plus an additional registration fee for VSAS.   The school of medicine registrar’s office has a list of housing opportunities for visiting students that will be much, much cheaper than a hotel.  If you bring a car, the registrar’s office can help with parking passes, but there will be a nominal parking fee.  You should bring a little spending money to cover all your meals and enjoy the city of Rochester.

What is the day like for a University of Rochester neurosurgery subintern?
While on service, subinterns participate in every aspect of the program, including morning rounds, sign in rounds, conferences, assisting in the O.R., and taking call in tandem with a Neurosurgery resident to learn about the assessment and care of acutely ill patients.  At the beginning of the rotation, subinterns are given a copy of Greenberg’s Neurosurgery, and are oriented to the service and to important learning objectives by the Chief Resident and Program Director.  At the end of the rotation, subinterns are expected to participate in conference through a short presentation on a topic of Neurosurgical interest.

Can subinterns give talks at the University of Rochester neurosurgery conferences?
Absolutely.  There is ample opportunity.  You may present a topic of your choice (30 minute talk) at the Friday morning Neurosurgery Academic Conference.  This can be research you have previously done, literature review of a current patient encounter, or review of an important neurosurgical topic relevant to your subinternship experience (Recommend 1 presentation toward end of rotation).  You can also work with a Neurosurgery Attending to help mentor you for your presentation.

Can I visit for just a few days and simply OBSERVE and not sign up for formal subinternship?
Absolutely.  We encourage any exposure you can get to help you choose your career.  If you would like to simply observe for a few days and interact with faculty and residents, then email our Residency Coordinator, Melanie Zandvoort (585- 276-5655), melanie_zandvoort@urmc.rochester.edu to arrange.  She will help you get an ID badge and sign "visitor and confidentiality agreements" for observing cases in the OR.  You can round with residents and faculty, observe in outpatient clinics, and attend operative cases.

Additional Questions
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!  Feel free to call or email our Residency Coordinator, Melanie Zandvoort at 585- 276-5655 or melanie_zandvoort@urmc.rochester.edu.