Application and Interview Process

We appreciate your interest in the ACGME accredited Graduate Medical Education Programs at Blake Medical Center! Our programs participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) each year beginning in September.

We are pleased to accept applications from individuals who have attended U.S. allopathic, osteopathic and international medical schools. The deadline for submission of application and all required supporting material is December 31; however earlier submission is suggested to allow for a more complete evaluation of your documentation.

The following supporting documents are required with your ERAS submission in order for your application to be considered complete:

  • MSPE (Dean's letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE/COMLEX scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation from physicians with whom you have worked with directly
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

The residency programs at Blake Medical Center fully participate in ERAS, and all information is processed through this system without exception. No paper applications are accepted and we discourage you from sending any related correspondence (email, phone or otherwise) outside of the ERAS process. 

Due to the overwhelming amount of phone calls we receive during the interview season, we utilize email as our primary method of communication with applicants and perspective applicants. A thorough search of the information provided here on this webpage is encouraged prior to submitting any requests for further information.

Our ACGME/ERAS Program Codes:

  • Internal Medicine: 1401100944
  • Transitional Year: 9991100234

* We are listed under HCA West Florida GME Consortium/Blake Medical Center

 

Program Criteria

We are committed to equal opportunity for all candidates that apply to our residency programs and to nondiscrimination in the recruitment, appointment and retention of residents. We do not discriminate with regard to race, gender, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation (including gender identity) or status as a protected veteran.

All applicants to any residency program at Blake Medical Center must:

  • Meet the State of Florida licensure requirements for Resident Registration.
  • Be eligible and qualified to begin residency orientation by mid-June.
  • Able to fulfill the stipulations of the resident contract, a template of which will be forwarded to each applicant at time of interview offer.
  • Residents of our programs need to possess strong communications skills alongside a desire to provide leadership within our healthcare system.

While many factors are considered when selecting residency applicants, typically our most successful candidates will possess the following qualities:

  • Graduated from LCME or AOA accredited medical school within the last 2 years.
  • Have a score of 220 or greater on USMLE 1&2, and/or 450 or greater on COMLEX 1&2.
  • Passing score on USMLE Step 2 CS and/or COMLEX 2 PE.
  • Have no failed attempts on any USMLE or COMLEX exam across all exam portions

Interviews

All applications are screened by the Selection Committee, and interviews are by invitation only. Upon review of their application, candidates will be selected for interview based on their ability to succeed in the program and their likelihood of contributing to the goals of the program. Criteria assessed during the review of applications and during the applicant interviews include the applicant's patient care skills, medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, professionalism and ethics, capacity to conduct practice-based learning, and ability to work with others in systems-based care.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via ERAS and schedule your date via the ERAS self-scheduler. While we do not provide lodging for candidates, several area hotels do offer discounted rates for Blake Medical Center guests and we will be happy to share that information with you.

Recognizing the time, effort and expense involved in your visit to Blake Medical Center; interview days are planned to be both interactive and informative while maximizing the use of your time. We have organized the day as efficiently as possible so that both you and the faculty can learn enough about each other to make an informed decision.

On the day of the interview, you will interview with the Program Director as well as take a tour of key areas of Blake Medical Center with our current residents. You will also have the opportunity to speak with other GME staff, faculty, and have a Q&A session with the residents. Depending on the program, most applicants can expect to spend 3-4 hours with us.

Regarding the cancellations of residency interviews: Our program does not invite more candidates than we have placement for interviews. Barring an unforeseen and urgent matter, an interview cancellation is deemed unacceptable and unprofessional when less than two weeks prior to your interview date. Out of respect for our staff and the work they do to prepare for your visit and to other candidates wishing to apply to our program, please contact us no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled interview date if you need to cancel your interview.

Ranking and Match

In order to be eligible for ranking, passing scores on USMLE 2 CS & CK -or- COMLEX 2 CE & PE must be received by the program before the NRMP rank list deadline. If already graduated from medical school, a passing score on USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 is also required.

We follow NRMP Match regulations and do not personally respond to requests made by applicants or their delegates outside of the Match guidelines.

Historically all positions for our categorical programs fill and we do not have available positions available post-Match. We generally expect to have positions available during SOAP for our Transitional Year Program.

NRMP Program Codes:

Internal Medicine: 1899140C0

Transitional Year: 1899999P0

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

IMGs are subject to the same application process and requirements as other applicants. In addition, IMGs will also need to meet the following requirements:

  • US citizenship, permanent resident status, or eligibility for ECFMG sponsored J1 Visa (we cannot sponsor or accept any other Visa or EAD)
  • Clinical experience in the U.S. (hands-on experience preferred)
  • Eligible for full ECFMG certification prior to the Match