Application Process


The USF Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Application deadline for our yearly interview sessions is October 15th, but we strongly encourage candidates to have the majority of their information available in ERAS as soon as possible! We understand that you may have test scores and letters of recommendation coming in after the fact, and do take that into consideration when starting our initial reviews. 

After careful review of all applications our interview committee will select roughly forty applicants who receive an invitation to interview with our program. We do currently use the ERAS portal to send invitations and schedule interview dates. Applicants are considered on the basis of ability, aptitude, academic credentials, interpersonal & communication skills, personal qualities as well as letters of recommendation. Two neurosurgery residents are accepted into the program per year. 

The 2018-19 application window for ERAS is now OPEN!

We are currently in the process of reviewing applicants, and hope to send interview invitations out by Friday, October 19th.If you have letters of recommendations, transcripts, or other items added to your file after September 25th, please email us to let us know so that we can be sure we are reviewing your full application. Please note we do ask that you limit letters of recommendation to those that are assigned to your application in ERAS; letters emailed in addition to the maximum of four letters assigned in ERAS will not be included as part of the application review.

Upcoming 2018-2019 interview dates:

Friday, November 16th, 2018
Friday, December 14th, 2018
Friday, January 11th, 2019
Friday, January 18th, 2019

Interviewing at USF

The Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair at The University of South Florida is proud of the quality of training and educational opportunities we offer our residents. We understand the scheduling, time and financial demands placed on our residency interview applicants. Therefore, we truly appreciate the interest and commitment our applicants make to travel to Tampa during the residency interview season. We also recognize that while we are interviewing candidates, you are also interview our program! Our goal is to ensure your visit is enjoyable, informative, and helpful as you evaluate your decisions and seek the best program for your personal and professional goals and needs.

Our typical interview sessions are conducted to enable both parties the opportunity to meet on a more personal level.  We typically hold a dinner the night before the interview, during which our current residents and candidates have a chance to interact and exchange information about the program. While we understand scheduling does not always permit candidates to arrive in time to attend this dinner, we truly think it is a valuable chance to get to know our program on a personal level, and highly encourage attendance!

Interviews are held on Friday morning, and typically take the full work day. We invite our candidates to join us for an abbreviated version of our weekly Grand Rounds Conference starting at 7:30am, after which we shift to the department's administrative office across from Tampa General Hospital for the interview portion of the day. Our interview committee is comprised of a roughly a dozen faculty members from our department and our current PGY-5 residents. Typically, candidates will meet with two members of our interview committee at a time, for roughly 20 minutes each. Throughout the day we also break into small tour groups led by our residents, giving candidates a chance to see our primary teaching facility at Tampa General Hospital, our outpatient clinics, and Osman Laboratory.

We are always looking at ways to improve the interview process, and are currently reviewing the 2017-18 interview process to make any necessary changes. Please check back at a later date for more detailed information regarding your trip to Tampa, the itinerary for interview dates, and other important information!

Should you require additional information or have specific questions regarding our application and interview process, please contact Residency Program Coordinator, Kelly Thompson, at kpthompson@health.usf.edu.