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Residents in surgery

The residency training program at UTHSC is a seven-year training program with two residents per year. Our program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All seven years are completed in the Neurosurgery Department.

Our residents are afforded the opportunity to learn all aspects of general neurosurgery in our high-volume teaching hospitals, as well as most subspecialty areas of neurosurgery. They enjoy a very high early success rate on the American Board of Neurological Surgery written board examination while still in training. A variety of research opportunities are also available to our residents on campus.

Why Memphis?

riverboat on the Mississippi RiverMemphis is a city like no other. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is where starving actor Danny Thomas built a children’s hospital (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%); Fred Smith started a small delivery service (FedEx now generates $60 billion dollars a year); the King of Rock ‘n Roll chose to live (Elvis’ Graceland sees 600,000+ visitors each year); and where you’ll find USA Today’s most iconic street (Beale Street has attracted fans from all over the world since the 1860s).  And, we were recently named one of the Best Places to Go in 2019 by Frommer's.

More city points of pride:

Memphis has been the inspiration for over 1,000 songs. We’re pretty proud of our town and think once you experience Memphis, you will be, too.

Visiting Rotations for Medical Students

The UTHSC Neurosurgery Residency Program offers visiting rotations for med students and prospective resident applicants. We have unlimited slots available from August to January.

If you are an interested medical student wishing to perform a neurosurgical rotation at our institution, contact the advisor of your home institution for assistance with applying to our institution via the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Program (formerly VSAS).

For further questions about visiting student rotations, contact Wendy Elliott at or (901) 448-6375. Elective rotation information is also available on the VSLO website.

Last Published: Nov 28, 2018