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Application Process & Requirements

Application Process & Requirements

About the Fellowship Match

Procedural Dermatology Fellows are selected via The Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship Match, administered by San Francisco Match. The SF matching service has coordinated the processing, distribution and review of applicants for post graduate medical education training programs since 1977. The service currently administers applicant review and ranking processes for positions in four residency and 18 fellowship training programs. Registration for candidates begins in May, interviews are conducted in the Fall, and the match occurs in December for training beginning the following year. This training program runs for one year, July 1st through June 30th.

All Applicants:

  • Must complete application form.
  • Must have a Deans letter and at least two (2) other letters of recommendation; preferably, one of the letters should be from the Chairman of the Department of Medicine. All letters of recommendation should be current or within the last 2 years.
  • Must have an official medical school transcript.
  • Must submit a personal statement.
  • Must have passed USMLE on first attempt. No minimum score requirement.
  • Must have graduated from medical school.
  • Must be eligible for board examination (Dermatology)

Additional Requirements for International Medical Graduates (IMG):

  • Must be ECFMG certified (except Fifth Pathway graduates).
  • Must submit USMLE Step 2 (CK/CS) results by application.
  • Must submit an official English translation for all application materials.
  • U.S. Clinical Experience (USCE) (preferred, but not required).
  • Must document USCE/Observerships with a letter of recommendation by a supervising physician.
  • Only J-1 Visas are supported.

Additional Requirements

In order to participate in an ACGME accredited fellowship program at Houston Methodist, fellows must have either a TMB Physician-in-Training permit or a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Texas. The TMB requires that each applicant for a Physician-in-Training permit:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age; and
  2. Be of good professional character; and
  3. Be a graduate of:
    1. A US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; or
    2. A college of osteopathic medicine in the US accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or
    3. A medical school outside the US and Canada and have: (i) A current valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; or (ii) Completed a Fifth Pathway program through an LCME-accredited medical school.

In addition, the TMB requires that each Resident applicant for a Physician-in-Training permit must not have:

  1. A medical license, permit, or other authority to practice medicine that is currently restricted for cause, canceled for cause, suspended for cause, revoked, or subject to other discipline in a state or territory of the US, Canada, or a uniformed service of the US; or
  2. An investigation or proceeding pending for the restriction, cancellation, suspension, revocation, or other discipline of the medical license, permit, or authority to practice medicine in a state or territory of the US, a province of Canada, or a uniformed service of the US; or
  3. Prosecution pending in any state, federal, or Canadian court for any offense that under the laws of this state is a felony, a misdemeanor that involves the practice of medicine, or a misdemeanor that involves a crime of moral turpitude.

Non-discrimination. It is the policy of Houston Methodist Hospital to sustain selection processes that are free from discrimination. Accordingly, no Applicant shall be subject to discrimination in the process of Resident selection on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

All Applicants and Residents are expected to be familiar with the TMB regulations governing Physician-In-Training Permits and full medical licenses at www.tmb.state.tx.us.


  1. Conditions of Appointment: The appointment to the position of Fellow will be contingent upon:

    1. Issuance of an active physician-in-training permit or medical license from the TMB prior to assuming duties at Houston Methodist, and
    2. Successful completion of all requirements specified by the particular Program offering the Resident appointment
    3. Every non-citizen Applicant selected for appointment must have permanent resident status.
  2. Essential Abilities: Residents may be required to sign a certificate that they possess the Essential Abilities required for training. The use of a third party to fulfill these attributes will not be considered adequate. However, individual residency Programs may require different specific abilities for training. All necessary accommodations requested by a Resident must be detailed and agreed to by the Resident before training begins. Procedure GME09—Accommodation of Residents with Disabilities outlines the process by which a Resident may request accommodation for disability.

  3. Agreement of Appointment: Residents will be provided with a written Agreement of Appointment outlining the terms and conditions of their appointment to the program. This agreement will contain provision for or a reference to Houston Methodist’s policies regarding: Resident’s responsibilities; duration of appointment; financial support; conditions for reappointment and promotion to a subsequent postgraduate year of training; grievance and due process procedures; professional liability insurance; hospital and health insurance benefits that start the first recognized day of the Resident’s Program; disability insurance; vacation, parental, sick, and other leaves of absence; effect of leave on Resident’s ability to satisfy requirements to complete the Program; access to information related to eligibility for specialty board examinations; and duty hours and moonlighting policies and procedures.