In 2021, FREIDA™ users tallied more than 45,000 views of neurological surgery residency programs. In this list, we pare the115 residencies down to the 10 neurological surgery residency programs ranked at the top for user interest.

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Rankings are based on identified medical student activity on FREIDA™, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database®, from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2021. FREIDA allows medical students to search for a residency or fellowship from more than 12,000 programs—all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Neurosurgery is a discipline that focuses on the diagnosis and medical/surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system. Because the nervous system includes the central, peripheral and autonomic systems, a neurosurgeon may operate on the brain, spine or extremities in a given day or week. Neurosurgeons operate on patients of all ages, treating diseases ranging from congenital anomalies of the newborn to degenerative disorders of the brain/spine in the aging. Spine, tumors, vascular lesions and infectious pathologies are other frequently encountered pathologies. A neurosurgeon is an expert in the diagnosis of neurological disease, is capable of interpreting a variety of radiological studies, and is able to offer surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.

  1. University of Alabama Medical Center Program

  2. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Arizona) Program

  3. Barrow Neurological Institute at St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Program

  4. University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson Program

  5. Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program

  6. Johns Hopkins University Program

  7. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville) Program

  8. University of California (San Diego) Medical Center Program

  9. Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program

  10. University of California (San Francisco) Program

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