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How to Apply

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.  To learn more information, please visit:; or for more information on applying to our program, or to obtain the proper forms, contact Program Coordinator Melanie Zandvoort at (585) 276-5655 or

Interview Information

We look forward to hosting interviews for our applicants in October, November and December. If you are invited for an interview, you will be given a choice of dates, and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

The 2-day interview process:Based on these applications, we select approximately 36 applicants to come for a interview. We have three interview periods each year, which are scheduled over two days each.

Applicants are encouraged to arrive at the hotel (of our choice) on Thursday evening prior to your interview date.

The Friday activities start at 7:00am. Shuttle Service is provided.

The morning will be devoted to presentations in our academic conference format. An overview of the department will be presented by Dr. Webster Pilcher, Chairman, followed by other neurosurgery faculty presentations. The latter part of the morning will include an introduction on Clinical and Translational Research in Neurosurgery and a tour of the Neurosurgery Research Labs followed by lunch. After lunch will be devoted to a tour of Rochester escorted by our residents, with time to return to your hotel before the evening activities.

On Friday evening, the Department will host a cocktail hour with faculty and residents at 5:30 pm followed by a dinner. All the applicants and their guests are invited to attend an informal dinner that evening at a local restaurant with the neurosurgery residents and their significant others.

On Saturday morning, Interviews will start at 8:00am and will conclude by 1:30p.m. We will provide a continental breakfast and lunch you can safely plan your airline reservations for departure at or after 5:00 pm.

Hotel Accommodations

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) does not contract with any single hotel to offer discounted rates. We have found that applicants have specific hotel preferences and can often find better rates through online services. When booking your hotel, we recommend that you ask if shuttle service can be provided to and from URMC.

The following is an abbreviated listing of hotels past applicants have recommended:

Directions to URMC


Most hotels in the area provide shuttle service to the University of Rochester Medical Center. If you are driving, visitor parking is available in the Medical Center Parking Garage. Bring your parking ticket with you for validation.