Application Information

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


Note: Duke Neurosurgery's application period will close October 30, 2020.


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 and 2 CS prior to starting their internship (PGY-1) year.  There is a current waiver on the step 2 CK exams now given NBME suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the Duke GME Web site for more details about this policy.

For details, please see the NRMP Web site.  

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, in November, December, and January. Due to the COVID-19, interveiws will be conducted virtually for the 2020-21 interview season.

For more information please contact:

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