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Apply for acting internship (AI)

We welcome all medical students to visit and participate in an acting internship rotation with the Department of Neurosurgery. There are affordable housing options blocks from our medical campus and our education coordinator and housestaff will be there to help you plan out your time here and guide you every step of the way.

To learn more or to initiate the process, contact the neurosurgery residency coordinator at (804) 828-2437 or via email.

2016-17 interview schedule

November 4-5, 2016

December 9-10, 2016

January 6-7, 2017

Apply for residency

Preparing to apply

We encourage you to consider the following, which will help you become a more competitive applicant.

Pre-clinical years

  • Take some time to explore educational websites.
  • Contact a neurosurgery faculty member to discuss the specialty.
  • Attend neurosurgery clinics after classes.
  • Observe cases in the OR after classes.
  • Attend didactic conferences.
  • Plan a project to be completed during the summer break and, if at VCU, apply for an A.D. Williams Summer Fellowship.
  • Discuss plans for clinical rotations with neurosurgery faculty.
  • Develop a clinical or basic science research project.

Clinical years

  • Attend didactic conferences.
  • Complete a rotation on the VCU neurosurgery service.
  • Plan elective acting internships. You should discuss possible choices with residents and faculty members. Applicants typically complete two to three AIs, which are often arranged in the spring of the M3 year and usually take place between August and November of the M4 year.
  • Begin to approach faculty for letters of recommendation. These are critically important. You will need at least three letters of recommendation, and at least one of them should come from either the chairman of neurosurgery or the residency program director at VCU.
  • Attend neurosurgery clinic in free time.
  • Observe cases in the OR.
  • Send in application materials to ERAS. Many program directors review applications and offer interviews on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should have your application complete by early September of the M4 year.
  • Plan to interview at 10 to 15 programs. This will typically occupy most of your time from October through December.

Application process

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Neurosurgery participates in the ERAS online application process. All applications and supplemental information for the neurosurgical residency must be submitted through this centralized service.

The deadline for submitting an application is October 15. All applications submitted to the ERAS by this date, whether complete or pending information, will receive consideration for an interview.

International applicants

Foreign medical graduates must have completed a three- to six-month clinical rotation at a U.S. or Canadian medical school facility to be eligible for residency at VCU. Additionally, foreign nationals must hold a J-1 visa to participate in this program. For more information, review the GME Policy [PDF].

For more information

Phone: (804) 828-2437
Email: Residency coordinator