Application

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications to the neurosurgery training program at the University of Utah for the 2021 match will be mid October 2020. All applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty members and applicants are chosen to invite out for interviews. We start inviting applicants for interviews via email by late September or early October and our review process is complete by mid October.

Interview Dates

COVID-19 Alert: We plan to follow recommendations for residency interviews when available from the two organizations that administer residency applications and the Match—the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). We anticipate that this will be in a virtual format and are preparing for this.

Applications to the Neurosurgery Training Program at the University of Utah must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Our interview dates for the 2021 Match will be announced shortly.

Invited applicants should plan to arrive in Salt Lake City Tuesday afternoon prior to their interview day for a dinner with our residents that evening. Interviews are completed and applicants are free to go by 4:30pm on Wednesday.  There are no planned activities Wednesday evening or Thursday.

Experience Neurosurgery Service as a Resident 

COVID-19 Alert: For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are committed to follow the guidelines outlined by the Society for Neurological Surgery (SNS) for the transition to residency of medical students. All external medical student rotations in neurological surgery will be deferred in 2020. An exception will be made for students without a home program, who can participate at our institution for a 4- to 8-week rotation of neurological surgery.

We encourage all interested applicants to spend some time on the neurosurgery service at the university. We are happy to have students participate on our busy service. This will give you an excellent opportunity to experience what it is like to be a neurosurgery resident at the University of Utah. Our Student Affairs Office coordinates our fourth year rotations, and you can obtain an application on their website. For questions regarding that application please call (801) 581-3683.

Our program is very competitive, and we receive applications from many of the top medical students in the country. For the 2018 match, we received over 270 applications and interviewed 53 candidates for our three positions. 24 of those interviews were candidates doing rotations.

Foreign Graduates

These applicants must be qualified for the residency program according to the same criteria used for all applicants to the program. In addition, international graduates must have a valid ECFMG certificate before they can be considered. A J-1 Visa (or citizenship or permanent residency or approval of application for permanent residency) is required for all non-US citizens in a University of Utah training program who provide patient care. For more information, please see our University of Utah Graduate Medical Education policy on Eligibility and Examinations for International Medical Graduates.

Residency Program Director

Randy Jensen
Randy L. Jensen, MD, PhD

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Amy Ekins, C-TAGME
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Phone: 801-585-2453
Fax: 801-581-4385
Email: amy.ekins@hsc.utah.edu
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Utah Health Care
175 N. Medical Drive East, 5th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84132