Application Process


Medical School

An applicant for postgraduate medical training must be a graduate of an acceptable medical school.  A listing of colleges and universities from which degrees will be accepted by the UMHS is regularly updated by the State of California.  Candidates must have graduated from a medical school found on the California approved list; affiliation with a school on the approved list is not sufficient.  The list may be found at this link (copy and paste in your browser):

Background Check

Successful completion of background check is required for employment.

Pre-Employment Drug Screen

Successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening is required for employment.

Employment Eligibility

Non-US citizens are required to have a Permanent Resident status or a J-1 visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).  J-1 visa holders must be eligible to renew their J-1 visa for the length of the Neurosurgery training program (i.e. seven years).  

Foreign Medical Graduates

Graduates of foreign medical schools are required to hold a current, valid certificate from the ECFMG.

National Examinations

Completion of the applicable examinations is required:

  • MD: USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK & CS
  • DO: COMLEX Step 1 and 2


A State of Michigan Medical License and Controlled Substance License (Educational Limited or Permanent) is required. Any House Officer with a Permanent Medical License must also obtain a personal Federal DEA license.

Life Support Training

Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support are required as part of clinical credentialing.


The neurosurgery residency commences in the PGY-1 year. Either two or three positions of this type are available each year and are filled through the National Resident Matching Program. Applications for residency positions are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To assure a complete and timely review of your application, we strongly recommend that all materials are posted on the ERAS system prior to the opening date of ERAS, or as close to this date as possible.

ERAS applications are due by October 1st of each year.  Our interview slots fill up quickly, and are generally full by mid-October.  Any applications completed after this will be placed in a queue and considered only in case of an unexpected cancellation. 

Interview Dates

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020


Interview Day
We run a split interview with a morning and afternoon session.  The morning session begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends with a luncheon.  The afternoon session begins with the luncheon and ends at about 6:00 p.m.
The interview format includes:
  • A general introduction to the Medical Center
  • A tour of the clinical facilities
  • A tour of our laboratories
  • Interviews with our faculty
  • Lunch with a slide presentation by our house officers

Day Before the Interview
Applicants typically arrive the evening before their interview in order to meet informally with our current residents and have dinner with them.  It is an excellent opportunity for applicants to get the “inside scoop” about our program.

Susie Hines

Susie Hines

Medical Education & Training Administrator