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The Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Residency Program: FAQs


Can I submit materials in addition to what is required by ERAS?

Yes, you can send us any additional materials you wish, however we do not require anything more than what is needed to complete the CAS application. If you have additional materials you wish to submit, please mail these items directly to:

Ms. Jamie Hoffberger
Neurosurgery Residency Coordinator
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street, Zayed 6126
Baltimore, MD 21287 .

How many letter of recommendation do I need?

We typically begin reviewing applications on September 15. Once the Dean's letters are received, (shortly after November 1) final selections are made regarding those candidates we wish to invite for interviews. All applicants selected for interview will be contacted simultaneously via e-mail. If no response is received within 24 hours, or if there is no e-mail available, applicants will be contacted by telephone. Generally, the interview notification time period occurs during the 2nd or 3rd week of November.

How many applicants does your program interview?

Approximately 30 applicants are interviewed each year.

Do I have to complete a subinternship in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins to match at Johns Hopkins?

Completion of a visiting subinternship is not required to match in our program. Many of our current residents did not complete a visiting elective rotation with us. Although we will give your application every consideration, completion of a visiting subinternship does not automatically lead to an interview.

Does your program allow enfolded clinical fellowships during the research years?

Yes. The available enfolded fellowships are spine, pediatrics, cerebrovascular and endovascular.

Does your program accept international medical graduates?


What kind of visa do you offer foreign nationals?

The School of Medicine sponsors incoming Residents and Fellows for J-1 ECFMG Alien Physician Exchange Visitor status. This applies to Residents and Fellows joining the SOM from abroad, as well as those individuals in the U.S. in another nonimmigrant status. The SOM sponsors H-1B temporary worker status in limited circumstances, specifically: Residents who have earned their Medical Degree [M.D.] in the U.S. and are currently in an ACGME-accredited clinical training program on Optional Practical Training, OR, Residents who are currently completing their ACGME-accredited residency in the U.S. on an H-1B *and* where there is sufficient H-1B time remaining for the offered residency or fellowship, OR, Fellows who are currently completing their ACGME-accredited fellowship in the U.S. on an H-1B *and* where there is sufficient H-1B time remaining for the offered residency or fellowship.

Do you have USMLE score requirements and other specific qualifications for IMGs?

We do not have specific requirements for foreign medical graduates. Every application is considered on an individual basis. However, all IMGs must have be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Is clinical experience in the United States required?

Prior clinical experience in the United States is advantageous. However, candidates can be accepted into the program without previous U.S. clinical training.


Resident Life

How many cases do your residents do per year?

In the last academic year, our residents performed more than 4,000 surgical cases at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

What kind of support does the program provide for residents’ physical and emotional health?

Johns Hopkins values and is committed to supporting the well-being of our students, residents, and ACGME fellows. We have created the Wellness at Johns Hopkins website to provide information on wellness programs, resources and information to help you thrive during this important time in your professional career.

What’s it like to live in Baltimore?

Baltimore is a spirited port city on the Chesapeake Bay — a unique blend of historic charm, ethnic heritage and urban vitality. Along with a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Baltimore retains a small town, family-friendly vibe among its many neighborhoods. Here is a quick overview of Baltimore life and a recent article in Travel and Leisure on the city’s renaissance.


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