Residents looking at a computer discussing a scan

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


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)."


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

Applications are due on September 27 for the 2023-2024 application cycle. (See the full ERAS timeline here.) Applicants selected for interview will be notified via email between October 7-13 and will be asked to choose one of three interview dates. Interview dates will be announced shortly. Interviews will be in person.

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

  • Medical school transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation (at least three)
  • USMLE transcript (Step 1 required, Step 2 CK preferred)
  • 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


The institution provides all residents with supportive benefitsa competitive salary, wellness resources and house staff support. In addition to the University's resources, the Department of Neurosurgery provides residents with program-specific support: 

  • Personalized lead suit for operative and angiography needs
  • Loupes and headlamp
  • $3,000 during residency for equipment
  • $1,250 annually for training resources such as software, books, education materials and courses
  • $450 annually to support wellness
  • MedOne Neurosurgery subscription to access the latest neurosurgery books on an electronic device
  • Complementary required neurosurgery textbooks
  • Biannual Maryland Neurosurgery gear/apparel
  • Complementary parking across from the Shock Trauma Center entrance
  • Cell phone reimbursement plan
  • Covered fees for ABNS Primary (Written) Exam and Neuroanatomy Exam
  • Covered fees for SNS Intern Boot Camp, SNS Junior Resident Course, Goodman Course, RUNN Course, etc.
  • Sponsorship for travel and hotel coverage for accepted oral presentations to national meetings
  • Sponsorship for specialty courses (on a per request basis)

Contact Us

Sophie White, MPH, C-TAGME
Senior Academic Specialist

Charles Sansur, MD, MHSc
Professor of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery Residency Program Director
CAST Fellowship in Spine Program Director
Contact Crystal Bond at

Jacob Cherian, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery Residency Associate Program Director
Contact Tammy Lipka at

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