Residency Program


  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Degree Earned

  • Residency

Program Length

7 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

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Name: Christopher Farrell, MD
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Residency Program Director
Name: Victoria Schunemann, MD
Position: Associate Residency Program Director


Name: Michelle Hoffman
Position: Education Program Administrator

909 Walnut Street
Clinical Office Building 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Applying to the Program

Thank you for your interest in the Neurological Surgery Residency at Thomas Jefferson University. Our program currently accepts three residents per year.

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) in the Fall of the current academic year to be considered for a residency position starting July 1 of the next academic year. We typically receive over 400 applications each cycle, and invite ~60 applicants for interviews. Applicants are evaluated based on multiple criteria, including: personal statement, grades, research experience, USMLE scores, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities.

Interview Dates

We typically host 3 interview dates per cycle, between November – January. Applicants are encouraged to attend an interview dinner on Friday evening with current residents. Formal interviews take place on Saturdays, and applicants are expected to be on campus until 3PM.

Given the extraordinary set of circumstances due to COVID-19, we are still in the process of determining our interview process for this application cycle. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Foreign Applicants

Thomas Jefferson University considers foreign nationals who have graduated from U.S. medical schools for H1b visa status. International medical graduates must be able to obtain an ECFMG certificate and J-1 Visa.

Please email our Residency Coordinator, Michelle Hoffman with any questions.  

Eligibility & Selection Information

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to the neurosurgery residency training program:

  1. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  2. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  3. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:

    • Have received a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates or
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction
  4. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

  1. Residents will be selected from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. The Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
  2. The Neurosurgery Residency Training Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital participates in the San Francisco Matching Program.

All applicants will be interviewed in person. When evaluating the fitness of residents attempting to transfer from other educational programs (prior to completion of training offered in that discipline in that institution) the Program Director will speak directly with the referring program director or chairman (or relevant individual) to assess the educational qualifications and potential needs or deficiencies of the resident prior to accepting that resident. A final letter of recommendation must be obtained from the referring program director for all residents entering programs at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after completing some phase of training in another institution.

A dinner will be held for residents and applicants on the Friday evening before each interview date.  If you have questions, please contact Michelle Hoffman.

Christopher Farrell, MD
Program Director

Victoria Schunemann, MD
Associate Program Director