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Applying for Neurosurgery Residency at UCSD

Only complete applications submitted through the ERAS system will be considered for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Our interview dates for two positions are:

  • November 21, 2014
  • December 12, 2014
  • January 9, 2015

Residency at UCSD

The UCSD Division of Neurosurgery selects two residents for training each year. The seven year residency (including internship) provides comprehensive training in all aspects of modern neurosurgery, including neurosurgical critical care, neurotrauma, neurovascular surgery, brain tumors, functional neurosurgery, epilepsy, pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve, and spine/spinal instrumentation surgery. The program is academic in its orientation, with input from world-renowned basic science researchers from the UCSD School of Medicine, the UCSD main campus, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Salk Institute. The program is also designed to be flexible in training and strives to accommodate specialized research and/or clinical interests.

Program Structure

  • PGY-1: 6 Months General Surgery (University & VA Hospitals), 3 Months Neurology (University Hospital), 3 Months Critical Care Medicine (University & VA Hospitals)
  • PGY-2: Junior Neurosurgery Resident (University Hospital)
  • PGY-3: 6 Months Pediatric Neurosurgery (Children's Hospital), 3 Months Neuropathology (University Hospital), 3 Months Neuroradiology (University Hospital)
  • PGY-4: Neurosurgery Resident (Thornton Hospital/VA Chief)
  • PGY-5: Research/Elective
  • PGY-6: Research/Elective
  • PGY-7: Chief Resident Hillcrest/Chief Resident Thornton University Hospitals

About our programGraduation Celebration 2011 for Dr. Lissa Baird, Chief Resident

During PGY-1 year, the resident rotates though various surgical specialties, including neurosurgery and neuro-critical care. The PGY-2 year concentrates on developing skills in basic neurosurgery and, in particular, in neurosurgical critical care.  Introduction to operative techniques commences as well with rotations on both the Tumor and Spine service. The PGY-3 and 4 years provide for dedicated study in fields closely related to neurosurgery in order to allow the resident to develop mastery in these areas with undivided attention. This includes endovascular neurosurgery exposure, neuroradiology, and neuropathology as well as six months, which are spent at the Children's Hospital on the Pediatric Neurosurgery Service.

Following this experience, the PGY-5 and PGY-6 years are dedicated to in depth research and/or subspecialty residency training. The Chief Resident year closes the circle; with a maximum of opportunity and responsibility, the Chief Residents in Neurosurgery at UCSD oversee the whole of neurosurgical care at both UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and the Thornton Hospital, as well as selected cases at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla. In years past residents have scored in the 80-90th percentiles on national neurosurgery board examinations and have far surpassed caseloads required by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

For information regarding the residency program, please email our Residency Coordinator Adrienne Rebollo at: or call 858-534-4617