Eligibility & Application

Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery Residency Program at Houston Methodist.

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) .
  • All PGY1 positions are offered through the NRMP.
  • Residency applications and required documentation must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Information on ERAS can be found on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.
  • "Pre-Match" positions are not offered.
  • All applications are carefully reviewed. Selected applicants are notified electronically to interview through ERAS.
  • Please limit inquiries regarding application status.

Application Requirements
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:
  • Official medical school transcript and diploma in original language and in English (copied and notarized, stating that it is a true copy of the original)
  • Dean’s letter and three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE/COMLEX Scores (must possess a passing score)
  • Valid ECFMG certificate/J-1 visa (if applicable)

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.

Interviews will be offered on the following days:

Friday, November 9, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018

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.


Q: How long does the interview day last?
A: Our typical interview day is from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 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.

Q: Can I change my interview date once I have been scheduled?
A: 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.

Q: Is there a carpool to the pre-interview dinner?
A: No, but 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.

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 gensurg@houstonmethodist.org. Correspondence can also be mailed to the physical address: 6550 Fannin Street, Department of Surgery, Smith Tower 1661, Houston, TX 77030

Q: Do you require a second look?
A: No. We in fact discourage second looks. However, program leaderships and/or residents are happy to speak with you by phone or email after your interview day.

Education Manager

Melanie L. Winfield, MBA
Department of Surgery
6550 Fannin St., Smith Tower 1661
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: 713.441.6172
Fax: 713.790.6470
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