Eligibility & Application

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine residency program at Houston Methodist The Woodlands!



  • Houston Methodist The Woodlands participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  • Applications must be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are not accepted in any other formats.
    • Note: in ERAS and NRMP, we are listed under the name Methodist Hospital (Woodlands)
    • Program Codes
      ERAS: 1404800003
      NRMP: 1167140C1
  • Selected applicants are notified electronically to interview through RezRate. Interviews will be scheduled virtually during November-January.

  • "Pre-Match" positions are not offered.
  • Please limit inquiries regarding application status.




Applicants must have graduated from medical school within three years of application and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Graduates of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Graduates of medical schools outside of the U.S. and Canada or graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school who meet the following qualifications:
  • Hold a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Has a J-1 Visa, or is a U.S. citizen, naturalized U.S. citizen or permanent resident


The documentation listed below must be submitted with the application:

  • Common ERAS application form
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation (one letter can be the Chairman Letter or Standard Letter of Evaluation).  All letters of recommendation should be current or within the last two years.
  • Official medical school transcript 
  • Personal statement
  • Passing scores, with no more than 2 attempts, on all USMLE or COMLEX exams. COMLEX can be considered in lieu of USMLE for students graduating from osteopathic schools
  • Photograph


Application deadline is November 1, 2024

Requirements for International Medical Graduates (IMG):

  • Must be ECFMG-certified
  • Must submit USMLE Step 2 (CK/CS) results by application deadline (November 1, 2024)
  • 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)
  • Must document USCE/observerships with a letter of recommendation by a supervising physician
  • Only J-1 Visas are offered



  • All information must be submitted prior to an application being reviewed.
  • Interviews are by invitation only. If you have been selected, we will contact you. 


Interviews for 2024-2025 will be scheduled between November 2024 and January 2025. Additional information will be made available to applicants who are selected for an interview.

Interview Day Structure

  • Half-day morning or afternoon 
  • Welcome from Program Leadership 
  • Virtual Hospital Tour 
  • Three interviews per applicant
    • Program Director or Associate Program Director
    • Two faculty interviews
  • Resident Q&A and wrap-up session


Houston Methodist is committed to improving the health of our patients, employees and communities around us. As a healthcare provider, it’s our responsibility to promote a healthier environment for those employed in our facilities.

Drug and Tobacco Screening
Job seekers will be tested for nicotine and drug usage during the post-offer physical.
If a job seeker tests positive for nicotine use, including nicotine gum and patches, the offer will be rescinded, and individuals will be given the opportunity to participate in a free Houston Methodist-provided tobacco cessation program. Job seekers wishing to reapply after testing positive for nicotine may do so 90 days after the date the initial offer was rescinded.
If the job seeker tests positive for drug use, the offer will be rescinded. Job seekers wishing to reapply after the drug screening is positive may do so one (1) year after the date the initial offer was rescinded.

Background Check
Prior to employment start date, job seekers must complete a criminal background check.

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Swing

Department of Medicine

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

17201 I-45 North

The Woodlands, TX 77385