Saturday, April 25

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

009 How to Apply to Residency

Fee: $450
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Director(s): Michael Edward Ivan, MD, FAANS

Assistant Director(s): Edjah Kweku-Ebura Nduom, MD, FAANS

Faculty: Owoicho Adogwa, MD, MPH; Nitin Agarwal, MD; Frank Joseph Attenello III, MD; Nicholas M. Barbaro, MD, FAANS; Ankush Chandra, MD, MS; Tsinsue Chen, MD; Brian M. Howard, MD; Benjamin C. Kennedy, MD; Kimberly Price Kicielinski, MD; Karthik Madhavan, MD; Debraj Mukherjee, MD, MPH; Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FAANS; Lauren Elizabeth Stone, MD; Jacky Yeung, MD (Australia)

This course assists anyone interested in applying to a neurosurgical residency program and is focused on helping medical students understand the essentials in the application process. Specific attributes that program directors, residents and faculty associate with a successful neurosurgery resident are discussed. Topics discussed will include research as a medical student, taking time off, foreign applicants, women applicants, neurosurgery mentorship and shadowing. A panel of recent successful neurosurgery residents discuss their “dos & dont's” for sub-internships and interviews. All resources available by the Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) and the AANS for assisting medical students are reviewed.

This program concludes with a mentoring forum to provide individualized critiques and advice for the aspiring neurosurgery resident. Participants are encouraged to bring their CVs.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the key attributes for success in a neurosurgical residency applicant.
  • Prepare medical students for the application process, from the written application to the interview.
  • Discuss individual medical student paths in applying to neurosurgery.
  • Identify the available AANS and YNC resources to assist medical students, including mentorship.