Residency Program

About the Residency Program

The Neurosurgery Residency Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is a seven-year program that includes the intern (PGY-1) year. The intern year includes neurosurgery as well as other surgical specialty rotations.
The Neurosurgery Residency Program is comprised of 48 months of clinical neurosurgery, in addition to 12 months of electives, which includes sciences considered basic to neurosurgery. The electives year is followed by a final year as supervisor of residents at the medical center.

As a result of the nationally recognized reputation of our training program, alumni and faculty, the Graduate Medical Education Committee of Los Angeles General Medical Center and subsequently the RRC for Neurological Surgery granted our program an increase in complement from two residents per year to three residents per year. With the current recruitment class, we will have three residents in half of our PGY levels. Please see the resident roster in the Quick Links section for current resident profiles.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Keck School of Medicine of USC Neurosurgical Training Program is the ability to experience the PGY-7 year as a resident supervisor. The resident supervisor is expected to run his/her own service, teach and mentor residents, interns and medical students; manage his/her own operating room schedule; and act as administrative chief of the training program for six months. This includes designing and scheduling all educational activities within the department.

For further information, please contact:
Kathy Guzman
Residency Coordinator
(323) 409-7422


The USC Office of Graduate Medical Education provides oversight and support for the ACGME-accredited graduate medical education programs sponsored by the Los Angeles General Medical Center and directed by the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

All prospective applicants wishing to apply to our program must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Kathy Guzman
Residency Coordinator
(323) 409-7422