Resident Selection Process

The Neurosurgery Department at Wayne State University participates with ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) in their resident selection process. Applicants apply through ERAS and the NRMP; applications are received by the department beginning in September. Applicants are screened by a selection committee and 24-30 applicants are chosen to interview.

We are looking for an applicant who is intelligent and personable, and has an unwavering quest for excellence. Humanistic qualities are not overlooked. The applicant should be inherently compassionate, congenial, pleasant, and a team player. We look at the applicant's undergraduate and medical school GPA, honors, research, publications, especially in referred journals, presentations, AOA status, Dean's letters, and letters of reference. The personal interview is very important in assessing all components important to a good "fit" for both the applicant and the program.

The department has endeavored to select residents who have demonstrated intelligence, thirst for knowledge, commitment to neurosurgery, ethical integrity and capacity and willingness to work hard to train as neurosurgeons.