Eligibility & Application

Application Process
  • Houston Methodist participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Note: in ERAS and NRMP, we are listed under the name The Methodist Hospital (Houston).
  • Applications must be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Paper applications are not accepted.
  • Information on ERAS can be found on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.
  • All applications are carefully reviewed. Selected applicants are notified electronically to interview through ERAS.
  • All PGY1 positions are offered through the NRMP.
  • "Pre-Match" positions are not offered.
  • Please limit inquiries regarding application status.

To Process Your Application (Requirements):
All Applicants:
  • Must complete a common ERAS application form
  • Must have a dean’s letter and at least three (3) other letters of recommendation; all letters of recommendation should be current or within the last two years.
  • Must have an official medical school transcript
  • Must have a personal statement
  • Must have passed all USMLE or COMLEX's on first attempt. A minimum score of 230 USMLE or 550 COMLEX is required. We will consider COMLEX in lieu of USMLE for DO students
  • Must have graduated from medical school within the last five (5) years
  • Application deadline of November 2, 2019

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 deadline (November 2, 2019)
  • Must submit an official English translation for all application materials
  • U.S. Clinical Experience (USCE) is required, preferably in an academic medical center (observerships are considered as USCE – Houston Methodist Department of Medicine does not offer an observership program)
  • Must document USCE/observerships with a letter of recommendation by a supervising physician
  • Only J-1 Visas are offered

Interviews will be offered on select days from October 21, 2019 thru January 9, 2020.

Sample Interview Day Schedule:
8-8:30 a.m. — Welcome from the program director or program leadership (continental breakfast)

8:30-9:00 a.m. — Attend morning report

9-9:30 a.m. — Meet with chief residents

9:30-11:30 a.m. — Interviews with (2) faculty

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Hospital tour

12:15-1:00 p.m. — Lunch with residents and wrap-up with the program director or program leadership

In addition to lunch with the residents, applicants who are available the night before also have the opportunity to attend an informal dinner with the residents outside of the hospital.

Q: How long does the interview day last?
A: Our typical interview day is from 7:30 a.m.-1:15 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: If you park in the Smith Tower parking garage, your parking will be validated. Parking outside of Smith Tower will be at your own expense.

Q: Can I change my interview date once I have been scheduled?
A: All interviews will be self-scheduled through ERAS. There is a seven-day freeze date for each interview date. If you need additional assistance, contact Michelle Henderson directly via the ERAS Message Board or at imresidencycoordinator@houstonmethodist.org.

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: Interview Day concludes by 1:15 PM. Please do not schedule flights before 4PM to allow travel to the airports.

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, you can use Uber or Lyft.

Q: Will the applicants get to observe hospital rounds during the interview day?
A: Yes, during the tour of the hospital.

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 Michelle Henderson via email at imresidencycoordinator@houstonmethodist.org. Correspondence can also be mailed to the physical address: 6550 Fannin Street, Department of Medicine, Smith Tower 1001, Houston, TX 77030

Q: Do you offer medical clerkships, electives or observerships for students?
A: Houston Methodist does not offer observerships. We only offer clerkships and elective rotations for medical schools with whom we are affiliated with (Weill Cornell Medicine, Texas A&M Medical University and University of Texas Medical Branch). Students from other institutions are not currently eligible.
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