Eligibility & Application
Thank you for your interest in the Houston Methodist Hospital Abdominal Mutli-OrganTransplant Surgery Fellowship Program.
Program Certification: The Program is accredited by the American Society of transplant surgeons. There are no additional program certifications held by the program. The parent program of General Surgery is accredited by the ACGME. The hospital is accredited by Det Norske Veritas Healthcare (DNV).
Application Process: The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Match is administered by SF Match. ASTS sponsors the matching process and the TACC is responsible for the enforcement of the application rules. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. All applicants must have completed all of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) steps, including Step 3 in order to be eligible for consideration. Please refer to the SF Match Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship for more information.
- Completion of General Surgery training which satisfies the educational requirements for certification by the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Urology, American Osteopathic Board Certification, or foreign equivalency.
- Valid ECFMG certificate for all foreign medical graduates
- JI Visa only (must be valid at time training starts and valid throughout 24 months of training)
The documentation listed below must be submitted with the application:
- Completed Application
- Current Curriculum vitae
- Personal Statement (maximum 2 pages)
- Valid ECFMG certificate/J-1 visa (if applicable)
- 3 letters of recommendation (1 from current program director)
Interview Selection Process
- 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.
Important Notice About Employment at Houston Methodist
Houston Methodist is committed to improving the health of our patients, employees and communities around us. As a health care provider, it’s our responsibility to promote a healthier environment for those employed in our facilities. Job seekers will be tested for tobacco/nicotine products usage, including nicotine gum and patches, during the post-offer physical.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Houston Methodist Hospital will no longer enroll/hire residents and fellows who use products containing nicotine. A positive nicotine test at the pre-employment health screen is a failure to meet the conditions of employment, is considered a violation of the employment contract by the applicant and will result in inability to start the program. The matched applicant's inability to start the training program will be reported to the NRMP.
If a potential resident/fellow tests positive for tobacco use, the offer will be rescinded and individuals will be given the opportunity to participate in a free tobacco cessation program provided by Houston Methodist. Residents wishing to reapply after testing positive for tobacco may do so 90 days after the date the initial offer was rescinded.
Although applicants who are not allowed to start may be re-tested in 90 days, programs will not be obligated to hold the position for the applicant since a positive test result is considered a violation of the match agreement between the applicant and Houston Methodist Hospital.
Fellowship Application FAQ’s
Who can apply?
We only accept applications from U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents. Foreign medical graduates (FMGs) are eligible only if he/she: 1) Is a U.S. Permanent Resident (holds a green card); 2) Holds a valid and current ECFMG certificate. ECFMG certificate MUST be valid as of the start date of the program. For foreign nationals who are medical graduates of LCME accredited schools in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, copies of the diploma will suffice in lieu of an ECFMG certificate; 3) Qualifies for a Texas Full Medical License and 4) Taken and passed appropriate medical licensure examinations; i.e. NBME, FLEX, LMCC, MCCQE, or USMLE/ COMLEX.
When can I apply?
We are currently accepting one to two candidates each year, with selection taking place one year in advance of program start. The application deadline for the AY 2021-2022 program is Friday, February 28, 2020. Although we have a specific deadline for each application cycle, inquiries are accepted throughout the year. It is your responsibility, as the applicant, to make sure that your application is complete at time of submission.
Does the HMH Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match?
No. The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Match is administered by SF Match. ASTS sponsors the matching process and the TACC is responsible for the enforcement of the application rules. Please refer to the SF Match Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship for more information.
Is it necessary to obtain a Texas Medical License before applying?
No. While you do not need to have a Texas Medical License before applying, you must be eligible to obtain one if accepted into the program. If you match with our program, you will be given ample time to complete our appointment packets and apply for a Texas Medical License. Your acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of appointment, credentialing, and licensing. Visit the Texas Medical Board website for additional information about Texas medical licensure.
Can I apply if I am a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) candidate instead of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) candidate?
Yes, we accept D.O. candidate applicants.
Can I apply if I have training in Urology instead of General Surgery?
Yes, for kidney transplant specific training
Melanie L. Winfield, MBA
Education Programs Manager
Tel: (713) 363-9607
Department of Surgery
6550 Fannin St., Smith Tower 1661
Houston, TX 77030