Brandon, FL - Brandon Regional Hospital celebrated the graduation of 20 physicians from its three year Internal Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. The hospital's GME program is accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and this is the first full graduating class since the program was first approved in 2015.

Five of the graduates will move on to fellowship programs in specialties like infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, and hepatology. In addition to the Internal Medicine residents graduating, 13 Transitional Year Interns will also be moving on to start advanced training in specialty areas like neurology, psychiatry, and anesthesiology.

"This is a great accomplishment for our hospital, the GME team and, of course, the graduating residents" says Yvonne Braver, M.D., Internal Medicine Program Director at Brandon Regional Hospital, "We are pleased that many of these fine new physicians will working in hospital medicine and primary care in Florida."

Since it began offering GME in 2015, BRH has attracted 4,579 applicants to its programs and is positioning itself to be a regional leader in Graduate Medical Education. The hospital recently received accreditation from the American College of Graduate Medical Education for four new residency programs: Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN), General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Pathology.

One of only nine OBGYN residency programs in Florida, BRH's program will offer 20 resident positions once full. The General Surgery residency program will join 14 existing programs in Florida and will ultimately offer space for 24 residents. The Emergency Medicine residency program will offer 45 positions for residents, and the Pathology program 8 positions. Once fully enrolled, the hospital's GME program will offer 170 residency positions across the hospital's six ACGME accredited programs.

"We have long recognized the importance of recruiting top physician talent to our hospital and community," says Joseph Corcoran, D.O., Chief Medical Officer of Brandon Regional Hospital. "Increasing the number of residency slots available locally will ensure that we can attract and retain the best and brightest residents to combat the growing need for physicians in Florida."

Nearly one-third of the country's physicians are over 65 and nearing retirement. At the same time medical needs continue to rise with the increase in the number of aging baby boomers. That convergence of circumstances means there is a physician-shortage crisis looming. In creating these new residency programs, Brandon Regional Hospital is addressing the physician shortage and training the next generation of physicians.