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Each year, the program accepts two residents into the program. We have 14 total residents.

Applicants must register with both the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to participate in the application cycle.

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Based on institutional requirements, applicants must possess one of the following qualifications in order to be eligible for appointment to our accredited residency program:

  • Graduates of a medical school in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) OR graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications prior to appointment:
    • Have current valid J-1 sponsorship and a certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); OR
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S. licensing jurisdiction; OR
    • Graduates of medical schools that have completed the Fifth Pathway Program provided by an LCME- accredited medical school.

Additional information regarding applicant eligibility and selection can be found on the UMMC Graduate Medical Education website under the policy title, “Resident Eligibility, Selection, and Participation in Educational Activities (GMS-D).”


The Neurological Surgery residency program utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to review all applications. Applications are due September 29th, for the 2022 application cycle. (See the full ERAS timeline here.) Selected applicants will be notified via email and will be asked to choose one interview date from a list of dates, which are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our program will be conducting interviews virtually for the 2022 application cycle. Interviews will be on December 3, December 17, January 7, and January 28.

The following are used as a basis for selection of applicants:

  • Medical school transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (at least three)
  • USMLE transcript
  • Personal statement
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter - due by November 1st)
  • ECFMG status (for international medical graduates)
  • Research experiences, volunteer activities, work experience
  • Scholarly activities: publications, poster presentations, oral presentations, abstracts, awards, grants
  • Education: medical school, graduate, and undergraduate
  • Quality of interaction with residents and faculty during interview day

Program Benefits


Neurosurgery residents need the proper tools and materials to succeed in their training. At the University of Maryland, residents are provided with the following:

  • Personalized lead suit for operative and angiography needs
  • $3,000 during residency to purchase loupes, a personal headlamp if desired, a computer, books
  • The operating rooms also provide general use headlamps 
  • $1,250 yearly for software, books, education materials, and courses
  • MedOne Neurosurgery subscription to access the latest neurosurgery books on an electronic device
  • Complementary required neurosurgery textbooks
  • Complementary membership to AANS and CNS
  • Yearly budget for personalized UMD Neurosurgery gear/apparel
  • Complementary yearly parking across the Shock Trauma Center entrance
  • Complementary yearly University of Maryland, Baltimore Pratt Gym membership
  • The gym is across from the hospital and includes a pool, three levels of equipment, four basketball courts, racquetball courts, and a running track
  • Cell phone reimbursement plan
  • Covered fees for ABNS and Neuroanatomy examinations
  • Covered fees for SNS bootcamps, Goodman Course, RUNN Course
  • Travel and hotel coverage for accepted oral presentations to national meetings

Special requests can be made to the Neurosurgery Academic Coordinator

Contact Us

Sophie White
Academic Coordinator

Charles Sansur, MD, MHSc
Program Director
Contact Crystal Bond at

Howard Eisenberg, MD
Associate Program Director
Contact Shannell Watson at

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