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How to Apply

Keeping in mind issues of equity and safety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic & in alignment with the AAMC, and institutional guidelines, all interview activities for the 2024 Match will be conducted virtually.

For the 2024 ERAS® cycle, our program will be collecting and reviewing data from applicants' supplemental ERAS applications. Completion of the standard MyERAS application is a requirement; completion of the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

Interview Information

Interviewing is by invitation only and we will be offering Virtual interviews for the 2023-2024 applicant season.  Invitations for categorical applications will be sent in October. Applicants can choose their interview date among the three offered.

Interview dates for the categorical resident 2024 Match are:

  • November 3, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • January 5, 2024

The Interview Day

The evening before interviews, applicants are invited to a virtual “happy hour” with our residents.   The casual event  is led by our Chief Residents, this is a relaxed atmosphere to get to know our residents and ask questions regarding our program.

The next morning is devoted to presentations by neurosurgery faculty in our academic conference format. Then an overview of the department will be presented by Dr. Webster Pilcher, Chairman, followed by an educational residency program overview by our Program Director, Howard Silberstein, MD.

Virtual interviews begin at 9:45am – 11:40am; followed by a lunch break at 11:45 -12:15pm; virtual interviews resume at 12:20 pm and conclude at 2:15pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your application deadline?
The deadline for applications is November 1, 2023. Only completed application packages are reviewed. Interviewing is by invitation only and ends January 2024.

What are your criteria for submitting an application?
We are registered with the National Rank Match Program (NRMP).  All applicants must be registered in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and the NRMP to apply to our program.  For more information, please visit: and

  • All ERAS materials
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • USMLE Part One score (Step II required before start of residency program)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

How many categorical spots do you offer?
The Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center matches two residents each year.  

What is the relevant board eligibility upon successful completion of your program?
The  American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS) primary examination is an important step in the certification process. It is available to all residents in ACGME accredited neurosurgery programs and is designed to evaluate candidates’ knowledge and provide direction for continued learning. Residents may take the exam for self-assessment or for credit toward certification as determined by their program director. The ABNS and Resident Review Committee (RRC) require residents to pass the examination for credit toward certification before completing training. 

​Do you accept applications from international medical graduates?
All applications are considered on an individual basis but must comply with the New York State 12 Week Rule for Eligibility.  The following international medical schools have gone through a pre-approval process and their students may perform any amount of training outside their country (i.e. these schools are the exception to the 12-week rule)

What visa do you sponsor?
The University of Rochester sponsors  J1 visa only. See the eligibility requirements