Application Process

Match Application Process

The Match process takes place through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) each spring in March.  Applicants are encouraged to apply when the system opens in September prior to the match. 

Applicants will be screened based on board scores and medical school GPA.  Upcoming interview dates will occur Thursday, January 4, through Sunday, January 6. Typically, 30-35 applicants will receive invitations for interviews, which is in addition to the interviews granted to well-qualified rotating medical students.  Interviews are conducted with tours of the separate hospitals and a lively interview dinner, followed by faculty and resident interviews.

Application Qualifications

Qualified applicants are ranked based on the following factors:

  • Competitive USMLE Step 1 Board Scores
  • At least three letters of recommendation (one should be from home program Chairman)
  • Competitive medical school GPA
  • Medical school composite letter and included rotation comments
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Interview with faculty and residents
  • Publications, presentations and extent of research

Second Looks

Students are not required to come back for second looks in order to match into the program, nor do second looks factor into the ranking process.  Second looks provide students with a more in-depth look at the city and the day-to-day workings of the program.  Accommodations will be made for students who wish to return, as well as access to the operating room for a chance to shadow current residents. 


The Emory University Office of Graduate Medical Education will sponsor a J-1 visa to any foreign medical school student that is offered a position in the department.

Requests for additional information or questions regarding the match process should be directed to:

Kim Macon
Residency Program Coordinator
Emory University Department of Neurosurgery
1365-B Clifton Road
Suite 6200
Atlanta, GA 30322
PH: 404-778-2190