Improving the neurosurgery match

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The neurosurgery match is a mess: The process is expensive, time consuming, and inefficient. It poorly addresses the needs and concerns of both the applicants and the training programs and, remarkably, seems to be getting worse. The same number of applicants now generate significantly more applications, go to more interviews, and spend more money but match at the same rate. Fundamental changes are needed to make the match more effective.

In 2013, a neurosurgery applicant spent, on average, $10,300 on the application process. About 70% of the total cost went for interview expenses, and the rest was spent

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Correspondence Thomas Pittman: tpitt2@uky.edu.

INCLUDE WHEN CITING Published online December 7, 2018; DOI: 10.3171/2018.8.JNS182090.

Disclosures The author reports no conflict of interest.

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