Eligibility & Application

**Please note: For the upcoming recruitment cycle, all applicants, including those local to the Greater Houston Area, will be interviewed virtually.  Interviews will be conducted August-September.  Early application is encouraged as the interview slots fill quickly**

Thank you for your interest in Houston Methodist’s Nephrology Fellowship program.  The department does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation or veteran status.  There are certain criteria that must be met to apply to our program.

Application Requirements
  • Apply via the Electronic Residency Applicant Service (ERAS) and enroll in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Obtain at least three (3) letters of recommendation that attest to your academic and professional qualifications.  One letter should be from the chair of the department of medicine and all letters should be current or within the last 2 years. 
  • Graduate from medical school within the last five years and include an official medical school transcript.
  • Graduate from an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency three-year training program
  • Take and pass all three steps of USMLE Exams. 
  • Board-eligible in internal medicine by time of fellowship appointment
  • Personal statement highlighting the reasons for pursuing nephrology and your career goals.
  • Only J-1 Visas are offered and applicants must be eligible for two years of training at the beginning of the fellowship.  H-1 visas are not accepted.

Interview Schedule
Interview Season: September to October
Application Deadline: September 15

Early application is encouraged as the interview slots fill quickly.


Q: Where can I find out more about Houston Methodist's Nephrology Fellowship Program?
A: Please click on the links below:

Houston Methodist Nephrology Fellowship Program informational video
Institution GME Introduction video

Q: How long does the virtual interview day last?
A: Our typical interview day is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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. We cannot guarantee that an alternate interview date will be available.

Q: How do I contact my interviewers/tour guides after the interview day if I’d like to follow up?
A: All correspondence is to be submitted to the Program Coordinator via email at NephrologyFellowship@houstonmethodist.org. Correspondence can also be mailed to the physical address: 6550 Fannin Street, Department of Medicine, Smith Tower 1001, Houston, TX 77030

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.

Program Coordinator

Deanna Congden
6550 Fannin, SM-1001
Houston, TX 77030