Information for Applicants


  • The fellow must possess a current valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or its territories or Canada.
  • The fellow must be a graduate of a residency program in neurology, neurological surgery, internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, child neurology, or emergency medicine or a fellowship in pediatric critical care that is accredited by the ACGME, or RCPSC or CanERA, or have completed a minimum of four years of post-graduate clinical training in neurosurgery and be currently enrolled in an ACGME- or CanERA-accredited neurosurgery residency.
  • The fellow must be board certified or eligible for certification by the ABMS, RCPSC, AOA, or CFPC in neurology, neurological surgery, anesthesiology, internal medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, or child neurology. Neurosurgery residents enrolled in an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited neurosurgery residency who have completed a minimum of four years of post-graduate clinical training in neurosurgery are also eligible.
  • Each fellow must achieve provider and/or instructor status in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Certification in one or more of the following is desirable: Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS); Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS); Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS).

Application & Interview Process

Please apply to our program through SF Match and their Central Application System. 

Information required to apply includes: 

  • Your latest curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (signed, on letterhead)
  • A personal statement of interest in this subspecialty/ies and career path
  • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX examination score reports for Steps/Parts 1, 2 and 3
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate and indication of visa status (if international medical graduate)

Competitive applicants will be invited for a virtual interview with the Program Director and selected faculty members, fellows, and/or APPs.

Interviews take place between March and June. Match Day falls in early August.

Note on J-1 Visas

The UCNS-accredited Neurocritical Care fellowship program does not qualify under the non-standard provision for J-1 trainees and is no longer on the list of Non-Standard fellowships where ECFMG J-1 visas are available. In exceptional circumstances, the department may consider H-1B visas for candidates who have passed the USMLE Step 3 exam, who provide documentation that meets the University of Minnesota requirements, and are eligible for full licensure from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.