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 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.

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