Contact Information

Lakesha Cross
Education Program Manager
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Neurological Surgery

How to Apply

Applications for the post-graduate year (PGY) one position in the neurological surgery training program are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is October 12.

Eligibility Requirements

International Applicants

International residency applicants must also apply through ERAS, and have:

  • A currently valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate; a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in Ohio; or completion of a Fifth Pathway program provided by a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical school.
  • An equivalent of 12 months in an LCME-accredited or American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-accredited clinical training program.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must meet one of the following:
    • Permanent Resident Status with a work authorization before being appointed to a residency program position
    • Eligibility for a J-1 Visa through the ECFMG Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (Application for the J-1 Visa will be completed after the match)

Interview Selection

The program director and faculty review qualified applications. We consider these and other factors before extending an interview offer:

  • Preparedness
  • Ability
  • Aptitude
  • Academic credentials
  • Communication skills
  • Personal qualities, such as motivation and integrity

Once applications have been reviewed, applicants will either be offered an interview or sent a letter notifying them that they have not been accepted. 

Application Interview Process

Most of our Neurosurgical faculty, the program director and residents interview all applicants. At the end of each individual interview, the interviewing faculty member or resident rates the applicant by completing an evaluation form. We interview residents on Thursdays between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31.

At the end of the interview process, the program director develops a list of all applicants in order by their score. A review session, which is attended by the entire faculty, is held to rank the applicants. The final ranking is completed by the program director and chairman. The results are available the third Thursday in March.

Match Guidelines

Ohio State’s Neurosurgery residency program will adhere to these Society of Neurological Surgeons match guidelines for student and resident recruitment:

  1. Only one trip for interview visit required or encouraged per department. Second or more visits allowable but must be unofficial.
  2. The host department cannot pay travel and accommodation expenses. Exception could be made if hospital has facilities to house visiting medical students during clerkships, but not for interview visits. Hotel discount rates can be arranged. Payment for meals and social events with residents and faculty are permitted.
  3. Student applicants must not be contacted or pressured at rank time to inquire how they plan to rank a recruiting program.
  4. Advanced commitments for ranking must not be made.
  5. No applicant can be accepted for residency training outside the match.
  6. Openings that occur unexpectedly between match times may be filled individually without waiting until the next match. There is an ERAS website bulletin board listed as Find A Resident that may be useful.

Matched applicants must fulfill the requirements for appointment to the faculty of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as clinical instructor house staff and to the medical staff of University Hospitals as a member of the limited medical staff, which includes:

  • Application for clinical credentials
  • Obtaining an Ohio medical license/training certificate
  • Successful completion of USMLE Step 1 and 2
  • A criminal background check through OSU Wexner Medical Center Security
  • Pre-employment drug screening prior to starting their training program

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