Department of Neurosurgery

Neurological Surgery Residency Admissions and Benefits


Application Requirements


Selection and ranking of applicants is based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of intellectual and clinical ability, evident by class standing, scores on the USMLE Step I and II, and participation in research during medical school
  • Evidence of emotional maturity, stability, and a strong sense of responsibility
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Completed ERAS application by the Oct. 1 deadline- applications that are not completed by deadline will not be submitted for review

International Medical Graduate Application Requirements


International graduates must meet the requirements established by the Office of Graduate Medical Education at Baylor College of Medicine, as set by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and Immigration Services. They will also need to contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for information regarding the paperwork process for students and graduates of foreign medical schools. Baylor College of Medicine requires international medical graduates to meet the terms for an Institutional Permit, as outlined by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and have the documents necessary for a J-1 visa.


Interview Day


Baylor College of Medicine’s Neurosurgery interview season typically consists of two interview days during the months of December, and January however this year things will be different due to the College’s social distancing protocol. Once they have received an invitation, applicants will be able to interview virtually. For the current academic year, the virtual interview dates are as follows:

  • Nov. 8, 2023
  • Dec. 12, 2023

One of the strengths of the program’s interview process is that it allows applicants to gain a better knowledge of the program in both a formal and informal setting. During the virtual interview process, applicants will be able to interact with current residents and faculty members. They will get the chance to hear from the program director and department chair and view presentations regarding the program, life in Houston, etc.

Applicants would normally be given an in-person tour of our world-renowned facilities (including the surgical, clinical, research, and academic) but with current restrictions, that is not possible. Instead, they will experience the tour virtually and hear from our five site directors.


Benefits and Stipends


See stipends and benefit information on the Baylor College of Medicine’s graduate medical education website. Stipend levels are at the national average, but Houston's cost of living ranks among the lowest of metropolitan areas in the United States.

Maintaining your physical and emotional wellness is a prerequisite to professional success. Our residents have access to a number of programs to support their well-being. View wellness resources.

Information about vacation and leave of absences is available on the graduate medical education website.

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