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Neurosurgery Residency Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Do you require any specific arrangement in Letter of Recommendation or to address specific questions in my Personal Statement? No, this is not necessary.

2.  What is the deadline to accept application? October 1st.

3. Does MUSC accept International Medical Graduates? Yes.

4. Does MUSC sponsor Visa's? Yes, the only type MUSC sponsors are J-I Visas.

5. Do you have a minimum requirement for Step 1? And/or Step 2? Yes, 230 on both.

6.  Are there any special requirements in applying to this program?  No, except that all applications must be submitted through ERAS.

7.  How many positions do you have annually? We are currently approved for 2-1-2-1-2-1-2.

8.  Does your program guarantee a position for preliminary surgery internship? MUSC neurosurgery residency is an integrated program with neurosurgery overseeing internship year as well.

9.  What matching program do you use? We participate in the Neurosurgery Residency Match Program which is administered by ERAS, a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

10.  Can I submit materials in addition to what is required by ERAS?  No, please submit all additional material through ERAS.

11.  When and how will you notify candidates about interviews? We begin reviewing applications shortly after our application deadline. After applications have been reviewed, candidates selected for interviews will be contacted primarily via e-mail. Generally, the interview notification time period runs through November. Candidates may be contacted at any point during this time period, depending upon when their application was received and reviewed.

12.  Do you have a dedicated neuro-intensive care unit? Yes, we currently have a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit.  It has three dedicated intensive care attendings and one mid-level provider.  There is a plan for expansion to 18 beds.  All the rooms are hardwired for state of the art monitoring including EEG and portable CT scan.

13.  Do you have a dedicated neuroscience floor? Yes, we have two separate neuroscience floors. 9 East houses patients for Neuroscience Intermediate care while 9 West has patients requiring less intensive monitoring.  There is a separate Epilepsy Monitoring Unit on 9 West.

14.  Do you have mid-level providers in the neurosurgery team? There are four mid-level provider for the inpatient service.  In addition, every attending physician has a mid-level provide

15.  Do you have separate endovascular and gamma knife rotations? Yes, we have dedicated time for exposure to the endovascular suite and gamma knife.

13.  Do you attend conferences during residency? There are several opportunities in different years for attending courses and conferences:

PGY-3 - Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons, Woodshole, MA

PGY-5 - Ozarks Neurosurgical Clinic, Branson, MO

PGY-6 - American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting

PGY-7 - Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting

Attendance to seminars and workshops is encouraged, and several opportunities are available when presenting research.

14.  What is your case load and types of cases? We preform over three thousand cases annually including about one thousand cases in the endovascular suite.  We have recently acquired the Perfexion gamma knife in 2010 and have performed more than a hundred procedures so far.  The spectrum includes all the major sub-specialties of neurosurgery including tumor surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, functional neurosurgery, stereotactic neurosurgery, peripheral nerve and spine surgery. learn more...

15.  What opportunities are available for research? There are diverse research interests not only in the division of neurosurgery but also in a well-rounded neuroscience division.  In addition, clinical fellowships can also be arranged during the research year.  Residents in the past few years have undertaken clinical trials in traumatic brain injury, clinical investigation in vasospasm and intrathecal nicardipine.  Also, clinical fellowships have been accomplished in minimally invasive spine surgery.  Opportunities for similar fellowships in endovascular neurosurgery are also available. The department of neuroscience ranks among the top programs in the nation for NIH funding.  Ample opportunities for bench research are available in the fields of neurotrauma, neuro-oncology, and cerebrovascular surgery.


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