Ohio State is a research-oriented institution known for training leaders and innovators in neurosurgery. As a neurosurgical resident, you’ll receive rigorous, comprehensive training that balances technical expertise with compassionate patient care. You’ll have opportunities to learn and work alongside some of the world’s foremost researchers. Upon completion of the program, you will be well prepared for a career in private practice, academic neurosurgery, or for additional training in a sub-specialty fellowship.
We accept only one to three of the best and brightest applicants every year. We invite you to apply and become part of the neurosurgical tradition at The Ohio State University.
Strengths of the Neurosurgery Residency Program
Our residents all agree it’s the people — the leadership, faculty, staff and co-residents — that set Ohio State apart. Here are recent comments by active residents.
Hear real world insights from our residents
“The attendings here all seemed eager to help me reach my potential, and the residents seemed to be fun, dependable and well-rounded individuals,” says a first-year resident. “At the end of the day, I chose Ohio State because I felt that everyone was invested in my journey.”
“I think it’s the unique combination of operative diversity, complex cases, state-of-the art facilities, and the affable and friendly faculty,” says a seventh-year resident. “We have a lot of independence but with appropriate supervision.”
“The ability to tailor two full academic years to whatever experience suits your needs is the best part of the program,” says a second-year resident. “Being able to home in on your personal interests in research and clinical matters is not something every program has.”
Making the most of your interview
Being prepared for your interview is an important step in successfully becoming a neurosurgery resident at The Ohio State University.
We asked some of our residents for real world insights about Ohio State University’s neurosurgery program, and how to make the most of your interview.
“Don’t be afraid to ask challenging questions. You should be interviewing us as much as we are interviewing you,” says a first-year resident. “We’re looking for a personality fit, so just be yourself.”
“Be honest with yourself,” advises a second-year resident. “Sometimes a gut feeling, whether good or bad, is as reliable as a making a painstaking list of pros and cons about a program.”
“Talk to the residents about their lifestyle, and see if you would fit in,” says a seventh-year resident. “See if you can envision yourself interacting more with these people than your family. “
How to Apply
Application Interview Process