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neurosurgery The Neurosurgical Residency Program at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus accepts one (1) categorical resident annually.

All qualified applicants are considered for interviews. However, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to offer an interview to all qualified candidates.

About GME Programs at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

The Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is constantly growing, recently reaching over 1,000 beds with the addition of a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital, adding to the main hospital and the Inova Vascular and Heart Institute. The Inova Fairfax Campus is home to a satellite of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, training over thirty medical students per year in the students’ third and fourth years of medical school.

We have a long history and deep commitment to graduate medical education (GME) throughout the Washington, DC, metro region and oversees all aspects of residency training to ensure a high quality educational and clinical experience for all trainees. Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Children's Hospital are also major affiliates for Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, the National Capital Consortium, the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.

See all of our Current ACGME- and CPME-accredited residency programs and fellowships at Inova

Resident physicians within the neurosurgery residency will have the benefits of both large clinical volumes and the opportunity to participate in the training of medical students.  We feel that the experience gained in the Inova Fairfax Neurosurgery Residency will rival any experience in neurosurgery training in the country.  We look forward to the challenge and opportunity of training our first complement of neurosurgery residents.

Information for Prospective Residents

Candidates must submit all required information through ERAS by November 30. Paper applications are not accepted. Candidates for our residency program are selected in conjunction with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The Neurosurgical Residency Program at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus accepts 1 categorical resident annually. All qualified applicants are considered for interviews. However, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to offer an interview to all qualified candidates.

ERAS / Application Information

Candidates must submit all required information through ERAS by November 30. Paper applications are not accepted. Candidates for our residency program are selected in conjunction with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Complete applications contain all of the documents listed below:

  • Personal Statement
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from U.S. or Canadian physicians. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must have letters of recommendation which clearly document U.S. or Canadian clinical experience.
  • Dean's Letter (MSPE) or equivalent
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Results of standardized tests: USMLE and ECFMG certificate (IMGs)
  • NOTE: Osteopathic applicants: While we will gladly accept and review your COMLEX scores, USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores are required. We will accept either Step 2 CS or COMLEX Level-2 PE.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have graduated from medical school/osteopathic medical school or direct patient care activity (independent or ACGME, AOA, or AACOM accredited residency).
  • All applicants must have a minimum of three (3) months of U.S. or Canadian direct patient care activity. Externships must have included direct patient care. Observerships do not fulfill this requirement.
  • We do not have a minimum score requirement. Each application is carefully reviewed on its' own merit by our faculty.

Important Links

MyERAS

  • ERAS ACGME ID: 1605100091

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

  • NRMP program code for Inova Neurological Surgery program is 3199160C0

About Inova's Neuro Academic Program

The academic program of the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute consists of a coordinated schedule of conferences and lectures in the basic and clinical neurosciences, as well as a structured curriculum. The teaching conference schedule is structured to involve faculty participation and interaction.

Regularly scheduled conferences include:

  • Vascular conference
  • Journal club
  • Neurosciences school
  • Neuroradiology case conference
  • Neurosurgery peer review (M&M)
  • Ortho-neuro spine conference
  • NSICU teaching rounds
  • Neurology peer review (M&M)
  • Multi-disciplinary epilepsy case conference
  • Neurodiagnostics Case Conference
  • Cerebrovascular case conference

Community Hospital’s Medical Educational Program

Each year, ten medical experts are invited to lecture at the Inova Alexandria Medical Campus. The lectures are planned specifically to address the interests of the physician groups served.

Continuing Medical Educational Symposia

Several times a year, INSI sponsors multi-disciplinary, symposia, designed to provide medical and clinical participants education intended to improve patient care by enhancing the skills of health care professionals in an engaging, thought provoking environment.

Grand Rounds

The Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute’s faculty are invited several times a year to assist the physician audience with improving knowledge and building on the core values of the Hippocratic Oath.

International Fellowship

The international fellowship provides an individual with a comprehensive, supervised full-time educational experience in the care of neurosurgical cases, including the comprehensive management of patients with life threatening neurological illnesses, the performance of surgical procedures, and the clinical management of patients.

International Observership

The international observership program provides neurosurgeons the opportunity to interact with Inova’s experts and participate in clinical and educational activities, including various conferences, medical grand rounds, and seminars.

Leadership Programs

Each year, the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute facilitates an Advisory Board Conference and an Annual Business Meeting to provide leadership and maintain institutional alignment.

Medical Student Clerkship

Medical students have the opportunity to participate in a five-week clerkship in the Department of Neurosciences to enhance their skills in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating neurological patients.

Programmatic Continuing Medical Educational Lectures

Each year, medical experts from INSI’s nine primary programs extend dinner lectures to faculty and community physicians providing instruction on new guidelines or illustration on new procedures or technology.

Neuropathology and Neuroradiology Review Course

Each year, the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute facilitates a comprehensive radiologic and pathologic review of the brain, head and neck, and spine for those who are preparing for certification.

Neurological Surgery Residency

The Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute’s Neurological Surgery Residency Program is a comprehensive seven-year program, fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which provides each resident with thorough grounding in Neurological Surgery as a clinical, surgical, and research discipline.

Scholarly Publishing

Complementing the healthy partnership between teaching and scholarly publishing, INSI encourages inquiry and research for sustaining an academic career. Opportunities are available to prepare and publish articles, book chapters, and other manuscripts.

Tailored Medical Education

The Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute has developed custom, medical educational programs targeted to meet a specific need or audience. Examples of programs include medical education tailored for athletic trainers, physical therapists, law enforcement, and emergency management personnel.

Visiting Professor Program

Each year, ten eminent, clinical neuroscientists are invited to Inova to participate as faculty during academic conferences, concluding the day with an invitation-only reception and dinner honoring the guest, highlighted by a final short lecture or casual talk and discussion.