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Neurological Surgery Residency
Frequently Asked Questions


Annual Resident "Hike to the Heavens"


What areas of neurological surgery are your faculty experts in?

The Department’s clinical practice and faculty expertise is centered on the following nine major specialty disciplines covering the breadth of Neurological Surgery:

  • Neuro-Oncology (skull base, primary tumors and metastatic disease)
  • Surgical treatment of Epilepsy and Brain Mapping
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders (Extra and Intracranial, cranial microsurgery and interventional/endovascular surgery)
  • Spine and Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Trauma, Cranial and Spinal
  • Pediatric and Congenital Disorders
  • Stereotactic Surgery and Radiosurgery
  • Surgical Treatment of Pain
  • Restorative Neurosurgery (Deep Brain Stimulation, Spasticity and Peripheral Nerve Surgery)

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How can I apply as a Visiting Medical Student?

The Department of Neurological Surgery offers a clinical clerkship for visiting medical students. Follow the link to learn more about our clinical clerkship for medical students.

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Does completing a clerkship increase my chances of matching as a resident?

The Department of Neurological Surgery considers each applicant on an individual basis. Completing a clerkship allows faculty members, as well as residents to get to know you better, and may highlight your skills and abilities, strengthening your application. Currently, approximately 75% of active residents completed a clerkship as a medical student.

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What is the structure of rotations during residency?

The UW Neurological Surgery residency is a seven-year program. Please follow the link to view a complete outline and structure of rotations during the residency.

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Which Hospitals and Training Centers are included in the residency program?

The academic and clinical program is enhanced by the fact that the training occurs in four diverse locations:

The four affiliated hospitals of the University of Washington form one of the largest health care systems in the United States, serving Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI).

These four hospitals are located in Seattle Washington and play complementary roles, providing specialized care for all people in the Pacific Northwest and the surrounding regions.

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What are the research opportunities at the University of Washington?

Please follow the link to learn more about research opportunities and resources for neurosurgical residents.

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What role do grades and test scores play in the application process?

Medical students applying to the UW Department of Neurological Surgery residency program must have passed USMLE Step 2 CK and CS and graduated from medical school.

Criteria for interview eligibility include:

  • Exceptional performance in all basic science courses
  • Exceptional performance in all required clerkships
  • Exceptional USMLE Step 1 score
  • Exceptional letters of recommendation

Applicants with unusual strengths who do not meet all the above criteria will be considered on an individual basis.

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What support is provided for resident education?

R1 residents are provided with a bookfund, loupes, and lead. R2-R7 residents are provided with a bookfund, and travel reimbursement to meetings and operative courses.

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What types of teaching conferences are available for resident education?

Teaching conferences as Harborview Medical Center (HMC) include:

  • Wednesday: Grand Rounds and Resident Education Conference (3 hours)
  • Thursday: pre-operative conference, skull base tumor conference
  • Friday: angiography review conference

Teaching conferences as University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) include:

  • Tuesday: Pre-operative spine conference
  • Wednesday: Pre-operative conference, Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board

Teaching conferences as Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) include:

  • Monday: Case Conference
  • Wednesday: Tumor Board

Follow the links for more information on conferences and grand rounds, including the current grand rounds schedule.

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What is it like to live in Seattle and the Northwest?

One of the greatest benefits of training at the University of Washington is the opportunity to live in a beautiful, safe, culturally diverse Northwest. The coffee, the salmon, and the quality of life can't be topped anywhere else! Follow the link for more information on what the Northwest has to offer.

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Application Deadlines

Applications for the Neurological Surgery Residency are due November 30, 2017.

Deadlines to apply to our fellowship programs are:

Featured Faculty:

Franck Kalume, PhD

Dr. Kalume investigates a form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, as well as the mechanism that allows the ketogenic high-fat diet to suppress seizures.

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