Stephen W. Mester, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Transitional Year Program Director

Dr. Mester is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in Cardiovascular Diseases from The American Board of Internal Medicine. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, his residency was completed at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology training was at the USF College of Medicine. He is reported in the US News and World Report “Top Doctor” as one of the best physicians.

Dr. Mester is currently Medical Director of Electrophysiology Laboratory at Tampa General Hospital, Chief of Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiac Surgery at Brandon Regional Hospital, Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Brandon Regional Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of South Florida.

His major interests are in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization, Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty, Permanent Pacemakers, Implantable Defibrillators, Nuclear Cardiology and Congestive Heart Failure.


About the program

The Transitional Year Residency Program at Brandon Regional Hospital is an ACGME accredited one-year training program with 13 PGY One Residents. The sponsoring programs are the Internal Medicine residency programs.

ACGME requires that 28 weeks of a Transitional Year Resident training be devoted to a discipline that offers fundamental clinical skills, including emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, or surgery. We satisfy these requirements with the following rotations ICU, ED, SURG, and IM. The Transitional Year consists of thirteen blocks and is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in general medicine, in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. The residents are integrated into core rotations and electives with internal medicine categorical residents.

The program director will work directly with each resident to fulfill the requirements for a clinical base year in his or her chosen field. This program is designed to provide our residents with the educational experiences needed to prepare them for the next level of post graduate medical education training. Our program, faculty, and hospital are all committed to a providing a quality educational experience that will prepare our graduates for their future specialty residency program.

Rotations will be in 4 week blocks:

  • General Medicine floor service 4 blocks
  • ICU service 1 block
  • Emergency Medicine 1 block
  • General Surgery 1 block
  • Ambulatory Internal medicine or Family Medicine 1 blocks
  • Electives 4 blocks
  • Vacation 1 block