Application Information

Thank you for your interest in Duke's Neurosurgery Residency Program 


We accept applications through the Electronic Resident Application Service


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Duke offers three new neurosurgical resident positions per year.

Our 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.  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 350 applications for our three resident positions in neurosurgery. Based on these applications, we select approximately 36 applicants to formally interview with our team. We have three interview periods each year, in November, December, and January. The interviews will be virtual for the 2023-24 year.

The 2023-24 interview dates are

  • November 11, 2023
  • December 9, 2023
  • January 13, 2024 

We will host a second-look visit for all applicants January 30-31, 2024.

For more information please contact:

Sherolyn L. Patterson
Department of Neurosurgery, Residency Program Coordinator

Duke University Medical Center
Box 3807
Durham, NC 27710