Neurological Surgery Residency
Selection for an Interview
Our selection committee begins reviewing applications in September. An invitation to interview is extended only after we have received a complete application. After reviewing these materials, we will let you know via email whether or not you have met the eligibility requirements, and will be invited to visit our program for an interview. We extend invitations to interview to approximately 35 applicants by the end of October.
Interviews are offered on a Friday/Saturday schedule in November and December. Applicants can expect a Chairman guided tour of the city and hospitals on Friday afternoon, followed by a resident hosted dinner on Friday evening. Saturday resumes with early morning film rounds at Harborview Medical Center, followed by breakfast with members of the research and clinical faculty. Team interviews are conducted by more than 30 members of our research and clinical faculty, followed by a Q&A session with current chief residents.
Each interviewer rates the applicants on a variety of criteria, including medical school performance, personal attributes, exposure to the field and goals, including research and clinical interests. Interviewers will use both the application materials and their interactions with the applicants to assign the ratings or make summary comments.
Development of the Rank List
All members of the residency interview committee will review each application and the interview rating sheets. Each member will develop his or her own rank list. Criteria that may be considered include medical school performance, letters of recommendation, interview performance, research interest, career goals, and input from residents or other members of the staff who have met the applicants.
A meeting of the residency interview committee, including both current residents and clinical/research faculty is held in February to develop a consensus of rank order. The Program Director and Chairman may review and revise the final list if needed.
Positions Outside the Match
In the case of vacancies, physicians may be interviewed at any time. The residency training director will decide whether to offer a position, or whether further review by the whole residency training committee is indicated after the interview.
If you have further questions regarding the application and/or interview process, please contact us.