Resident Program

Practicing neurosurgery is a lifelong commitment

2017 Neurosurgery ResidentsPhoto caption: (front row, from left) U of M Neurosurgery Residents Youssef Hamade, MD; Huy Donguyen, MD; Molly Hubbard, MD; Coridon Quinn, MD; David Darrow, MD, MPH; and David Freeman, MD, PhD. (Back row, from left) Adam Kahn, MD; Akshay Gupte, MD, MPH; Joshua Lim, MD; Amit Goyal, MD; Bryan Ladd, MD; and Jack Leschke, MD. (Not pictured): Lauren Albert Sand, MD; Samuel Cramer, MD.

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota offers outstanding neurosurgical patient care, excellent neurosurgical education and groundbreaking research into some of the most difficult problems facing neurosurgical patients today.

Blending tradition and innovation, we are a premiere, stable neurosurgery academic center focused on:

  • Educational excellence
  • Cutting-edge research
  • Skilled, compassionate patient care. 

We have a well-articulated vision for the next 20 years of our department's evolution. Learn more.

Our most recent graduates shared their thoughts about the program during this interview. Learn more.

On average, we accept two new residents into the Neurosurgery Residency Program each year. Will one be you?

Ready to apply?

Application materials must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at Medical school graduates will have received tutoring for how to navigate this service from their schools. A refresher is available when you click “Read More” below. Applicants must also register with the National Residency Matching Program at

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Why the U of M?

Neurosurgeons in OR

Since our inception more than 75 years ago, 15% of our graduates have gone on to lead neurosurgery departments around the world. We have worked hard to provide an intimate, multi-faceted neurosurgical training experience. We care deeply about your training and will give you many opportunities to develop your skills.

We're not resting on our laurels. This is a dynamic environment that encourages you to add your voice to our evolution. We're going somewhere. Come with us.

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What to expect as a resident


Making you the best neurosurgeon you can possibly be demands diversity and depth in clinical exposure. Your education is well balanced and well supervised at four clinical sites.

Resident's clinical program includes Neuro-Oncology, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Trauma and Critical Care, and Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Your case load will cover the entire spectrum of the neurosurgical practice, including common conditions and the most complex subspecialty problems.

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Life in Minnesota

U of M Campus

With a population of more than three million, the seven-county Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area is safe and family-oriented with excellent public schools.

Outstanding orchestral and popular concerts, major league sporting events, nationally known theater venues and an excellent outdoor recreational environment enhances life for Twin City residents.

But why take our word for it?

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For current residents

Surgeon and Resident Database

Department Lectureships

Resources and Quick Links