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Frequently asked questions

Find answers to common questions about Brandon Hospital's residency programs and learn more about hospital and its program directors.

Does your residency program interview foreign medical graduates?

Yes, but we require J1 visas through the ECFMG; we are unable to sponsor an H1 visa.

Do you currently have any foreign medical graduates in your program?

Yes, our program accepts 20 residents per year. We currently have a mix of international graduates and US graduates.

Does your program offer pre-match?

No, the BRH internal medicine residency is "All-In" for the NRMP match. No pre-match offers will be presented.

Is your program a community- or university-based hospital?

HCA Florida Brandon Hospital is a community based hospital. You are taught by our outstanding clinical educators that work and practice in Brandon.

What is the deadline for application?

December 1, 2017

Does your program sponsor visas? If yes, which type?

HCA Florida Brandon Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program accepts on J1 visas through the ECFMG. Your visa and ECFMG certification must be in place prior to the first day of New Intern Orientation. We do not sponsor H1 visas.

Is there any USMLE score cutoff for applications to be considered?

We expect our applicants to have a minimum score of 225 on the USMLE Step I and Step II MK on the first attempt. The Clinical Skills exam should be passed prior to submission of the Rank Order List to the NRMP at the end of interview season.

Step III of the USMLE is not required for applicants. Interns are expected to pass the exam after the first year of training.

Does your program follow any strict rule of attempts in any part of USMLE? If yes, how many?

While we prefer applicants to have passed all their steps in first attempt, we review the entire application.

Do you have any cutoff for year since graduation? If yes, then what is it?

Applicants with year of graduation within the last two years are preferred but we will consider graduation dates up to five years with continued clinical experience.

Is ECFMG certification required to apply in your program?

No, ECFMG certification is not required to apply, but must be received prior to the first day of New Intern Orientation to the program once you have match. We understand that graduation dates occur after interview season.

Is USMLE Step 3 is required to apply in your program?

No, the USMLE Step 3 does not need to be completed until after the internship year. It is required for matriculation from our program.

Is there any requirement for US clinical experience electives sub-internships or observerships?

There is no strict requirement for US clinical experience for international medical graduates, however, it is helpful. Hands-on clinical experience is given a much greater consideration than observerships.

How many LORs are required to apply in your program?

Three to four letters of recommendation are required to apply to our program.

Is there any requirement for research experience?

No, research is not required for admission to our program, but the experience is considered favorably. We also consider candidates with prior internships, Mph, MBA's and advanced training favorably.

Does your program offer In-House Fellowships?

Fellowships are under consideration for future programs.

Does your program allow moonlighting?

We are unable to allow moonlighting in our Graduate Medical Education programs.

Does your program have any additional requirements? If yes, what are they?

Our program does not have any additional requirements. However, applicants with additional qualifications such as MPH, PhD, MBA, publications, research experience are reviewed favorably.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

If you meet the above specified requirements, you may be eligible to apply in our program.

Where can I find more information about other HCA Healthcare GME programs?

Information about other HCA GME programs can be found at