Eligibility & Application

The neurosurgery program at Houston Methodist has been approved for 14 residency positions, offering two positions annually through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).  All candidates must be registered for the match with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants can apply to our program starting September 15th (refer to NRMP for official date). Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis through October 31st. Interviews are by invitation only.  

Beginning January 1, 2013 Houston Methodist will no longer hire employees who use tobacco products.

Application requirements

All applicants:

  • Must complete the ERAS application and include a personal statement
  • Must have a dean’s letter and three letters of recommendation; all LOR should be current (preferably from other academic neurosurgeons)
  • Must have taken and passed USMLE Step 1 with a minimum score of 220 with no more than two attempts.  We will consider COMLEX in lieu of USMLE for DO students
  • Must have graduated medical school within the last 5 years
International Medical Graduates (IMG) must meet the qualifications listed above, in addition to completing USMLE Steps 1 and 2, with a minimum score of 220, and having a valid ECFMG Certificate.

2016-17 interview dates

  • November 18, 2016
  • December 2, 2016
  • December 9, 2016
  • January 20, 2017

Our interview process begins on Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. with an overview of the department and residency program by Gavin Britz, MD, Department Chair, and David Baskin, MD, Program Director. We will then continue with our regularly scheduled morning conference. Interviews with the faculty and residents will continue shortly after conference and will include a tour of the department and hospital. The interview day will conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. All interviewees are invited to dinner with our current residents the Thursday evening before their interview. We understand that you may not be able to attend the dinner due to travel constraints, and therefore your attendance is not mandatory but highly encourage as we feel that this is an ideal opportunity for candidates to learn more details about our program.

Elective Rotations
Applicants interested in an elective rotation prior to the interview season must submit the Rotating Learner Application. Students who are interested in participating as a visiting sub-I may submit applications through the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) but will also be required to submit the Rotating Learner Application.


Q: How long does the interview day last? 
A: Our typical interview day is from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Q: Does Houston Methodist pay for lodging/travel costs?
A: Houston Methodist does not cover applicant lodging or travel expenses.

Q: I am driving my own car to the interview. Where do I park?
A: You can park in Garage 1 located on Fannin and Dryden or in the Scurlock Tower Parking Garage between Fannin and Main St. We do not validate for parking.

Q: Can I change my interview date once I have been scheduled? 
A: All interviews will be scheduled on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. We would appreciate a 72-hour (3-day) advance notice so that we can make the appropriate schedule changes.

Q: I have a flight departing in the early afternoon. Can I request to interview in the morning so I will be sure to make my flight?
A: It is preferable you allow 2-3 hours to arrive to the airport once your interview day has concluded but we will certainly try to accommodate your needs.

Q: I will be leaving for the airport immediately after my interview. Is there a place to store my personal belongings while on the interview?  
A: Yes. You are welcome to leave your personal belonging in the coordinators office while on your interview.

Q: Is there a carpool to the pre-interview dinner? 
A: No, but most hotels in the medical center have a shuttle. Check with the concierge. Otherwise, with prior notice we will do our best to make arrangements for one of the residents attending the dinner to help you with the commute.

Q: Will the applicants get to observe hospital rounds during the interview day? 
A: Yes, during the tour of the hospital. We also welcome those interested in returning for a second-look. 

Q: How do I contact my interviewers/tour guides after the interview day if I would like to follow up?
A: All correspondence is to be submitted to Corina Gutierrez via email at cmgutierrez2@houstonmethodist.org. Correspondence can also be mailed to the physical address: 6560 Fannin Street, Department of Neurosurgery, Scurlock Tower, Suite 944, Houston, TX 77030.