Application Information

Thank you for your interest in Duke's Neurosurgery Residency Programduke neurosurgery residency 


Duke University Medical Center offers excellent training in neurosurgery, and offers three positions per year.

Duke's neurosurgical residency is a seven-year program, which includes one year of basic science, clinical research, or a Master’s thesis. The seventh year is set aside for a CAST-approved or other governing body fellowship.

Duke participates in the Neurosurgery Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and accepts applications through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS).

Please note that there has been a national change in policy regarding passing United States Medical Licensing Examination step examinations, and all residents must now pass steps 1, 2 CS, and 2 CK prior to starting their internship (PGY-1) year. See the Duke GME Web site for more details about this policy.

For details, please see the NRMP Web site. Applicant registration deadline is October 12, 2018.  

Interview Process

Each year we receive more than 300 applications for our three resident positions in neurosurgery. Based on these applications, we select approximately 50-60 applicants to formally interview with our team. We have three interview periods each year, which are scheduled over two days each. Interviews are held in November, December, and January.

Applicants arrive in the early afternoon on a Friday and are welcomed with a presentation about the residency program and a resident-led tour of the research and hospital facilities.

Applicants and their guests are invited to attend an informal dinner that evening with the neurosurgery residents and their significant others.

Interviews with faculty members are held on Saturday with a break for lunch with the neurosurgery residents. Dinner on Saturday evening is provided at a local restaurant with faculty, residents, applicants, and significant others or guests.

For more information please contact:

Sherolyn L. Patterson
Department of Neurosurgery, Residency Program Coordinator
Duke University Medical Center
Box 3807
Durham, NC 27710