The Department of Neurosurgery participates in the Neurological Surgery Matching Program and accepts two or three applicants into the residency training program each alternative year. Each applicant must register with the Matching Program before his/her application will be considered for a first-year program opening. Openings that occur during the academic year may be filled outside the Matching Program by applicants already holding an M.D. degree. Residency program applications are reviewed until October 20 of the current application year.
Applicants to the residency training program are evaluated based on a number of criteria. Heavy emphasis is placed on the applicant’s cognitive abilities, clinical skills and knowledge, and record of achievement. The applicant’s ability to adapt to the program; to work as a member of a team composed of faculty, other residents, and nursing and support staff; and to develop effective patient/physician relationships are equally important criteria.
Based on the selection committee’s recommendation, qualified applicants are selected for an interview.
Residency program applications are reviewed until October 20 of the current application year.
Interviews are scheduled for a full day, and applicants are offered several dates from which to choose. Special accommodations may be made for applicants unable to interview on one of the scheduled dates.
During the course of the day, applicants attend an educational conference, onsite breakfast interview with the faculty, lunch with the residents, and tour the department’s facilities at the affiliated hospitals.
After all qualified applicants have been interviewed the final ranking is submitted to the Neurological Surgery Matching Program.
If an opening occurs during the academic year, the program director notifies the Neurological Surgery Matching Program vacancy hotline. Candidates who learn of the opening outside the Matching Program will also be considered for the vacancy. Each full-time faculty member is provided with copies of the applicants’ files and is given the opportunity to interview the applicants. The program director solicits the recommendations of the faculty before selecting a candidate and making the offer.
Please direct any questions you may have about the program to:
Training Program Administrator
Department of Neurosurgery
Buffalo General Hospital, 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 218-1000 ext 5115; Fax: (716) 859-7484