Eligibility & Application 

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for the neurology residency, an applicant must meet certain criteria:


  • Have fewer than five years since medical school graduation
  • Be of good professional character with at least three letters of recommendation attesting to their academic and personal qualifications
  • Be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), or a college of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or a medical school outside the U.S. and Canada with a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment, or have completed a Fifth Pathway program through an LCME-accredited medical school
  • Be licensable in the State of Texas and obtain before beginning training a postgraduate resident permit or a valid Texas medical license from the Texas Medical Board
  • Every non-citizen applicant selected for appointment must have permanent resident status or a J-1 visa as a condition of appointment to a resident position at Houston Methodist. Read more


Nearly all selected applicants to the program will have scored between 220-245 on first time Step 1 and/or  Step 2 USMLE examinations, although exceptions will be made for individual applicants with otherwise exceptional applications.


Applying to the Program

Applications must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). (ACGME Program # 1804812160). Prospective applicants for PGY2-3 positions can begin the application process by submitting the following materials:


  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • Wallet-sized color photograph
  • USMLE transcript (transmitted by the NBME)
  • ECFMG status report (International Medical Graduates only)
  • Three letters of recommendation (including a letter from the program director of current training program)


Transfer applicants must seek waiver from the parent program as required by the National Residency Matching Program before applying to the program.

Important Notice 


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If a job seeker tests positive for nicotine use, including nicotine gum and patches, the offer will be rescinded, and individuals will be given the opportunity to participate in a free Houston Methodist-provided tobacco cessation program.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 year after the date the initial offer was rescinded.

Background Check

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