Grades in required or core clerkships are very important to neurosurgery residency programs.
In a NRMP survey of neurosurgery residency programs, 79% cited "grades in required clerkships" as a factor in selecting applicants to interview. In another study examining performance of orthopedic surgery residents, performance in medical school clinical clerkships was most predictive of overall performance.
Our book, Success on the Wards, is a powerful resource to help you excel in core clerkships. It has also been widely used by international medical graduates seeking to perform at a high level during U.S. clinical rotations. Securing an orthopedic surgery rotation can be challenging for international medical graduates. We have created a database of clinical opportunities in orthopedic surgery to help direct your search (see below).